Value Drawings

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James Castle was a remarkable self-taught artist. He was born deaf, and as far as anyone knows, he never learned to read or write. Drawing became his chief means of making sense of the world.

He made many books. Perhaps this was his way of trying to understand the power of the written and illustrated word. These books may only have held meaning for him, yet they have a message for anyone who will consider them.

This one reminds me of some good advice that I have heard and read many times: make value sketches. Although it’s unlikely that James Castle would have considered these little drawings to be value sketches, I believe that they helped him to develop and refine his natural visual artistic skills.

For more on James Castle, check out this page https://makingmarksonpaper.wordpress.com/james-castle/.

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