Drawing on Both Sides of the Brain, pt. 2: What is Design?

“The Hunters in the Snow” Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565

Both the “optical” and the “constructive” drawing approaches are useful, but they don’t make successful pictures on their own. Drawing systems, like all techniques, are servants of a higher overarching purpose: design. Design transcends styles, techniques, and media. Techniques are useful tools to learn, and it’s never bad to expand our abilities; but it’s also easy to get stuck if you elevate a particular technique (like “realism“) into the goal of art itself. The technique is just a means to an end. The real point is to make a powerful image, and the power of an image ultimately derives from abstract qualities we call design and composition.

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Parents Cautioned on New Cronenberg “Sesame Street”

May 29, 2018. A family-friendly movie review site is cautioning parents about last Friday’s release of the new “Sesame Street” movie. The beloved series from the Children’s Television Workshop was given a big-screen greenlight last year, but producers sought out a refreshed vision for contemporary, global audiences. After negotiations with Lars von Trier fell reportedly through, Canadian director David Cronenberg was selected.

Box office performance has been strong so far, but Wendy “Pam” Dorset of the family film review site shieldtheireyes.biz is concerned that Cronenberg’s grotesque, chaotic body horror might be too cinematically advanced for younger children.

“We’re hearing kids ask, ‘Mommy, why is Grover’s face melting off into a puddle of acid?'” Dorset said. “That’s just a very adult kind of question, and some children shouldn’t be exposed to indie-thrillers with such moody, erotic undertones.” She added, “Let kids stay kids, for Heaven’s sake. They don’t even need to know what happens to Maria.”