This week is not our traditional Illustrator Saturday. The featured illustrator fell through, so I am bringing you this “How To” by master painter, Greg Manchess. Here is a little bit about him. After two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associated, Greg Manchess began a freelance Illustrations career in 1979. His illustrations have […]

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3 thoughts on “Advice from Greg Manchess

  1. What Manchess says about learning something slowly — using violin playing as analogy — I heard Itzhak Perlman say EXACTLY the same thing on this youtube video below!

    There is something to be said for drawing and painting FAST though — even at the beginning — because working fast tends to side-step one’s inner critic. You know the guy in your head that’s always looking over your shoulder and saying, “Are you sure you want to do THAT? OH BIG MISTAKE! You’ll screw up — end of the world — etc.” So sometimes you paint fast just to shut that guy up.

    But I suppose there are merits in painting slowly as well. I tend to favor fast over slow. But then I do many, many repetitions in my art. And each time I am redrawing something I am learning new elements of the motif — I look for new elements — often looking at it from a slightly different concept than in other iterations. And drawing is not continuous the way that music is. There are breaks in thought occurring all the time. Painting is not a time art. A painting’s performance all takes place in hiding. When the painting is done, then, Tah-dah! And the artist might be miles away when others are looking at the completed painting. The painting is something you see all at once.

    The violinist cannot be miles away while people are listening to his playing, not unless it’s a recording! And you cannot hear the whole music “all at once.”

    For violin, however, I’m taking Itzhak’s advice from now on!

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