Bob Kuhn 1997 Interview – Draw Paint Academy

I got here throughout this interview with Bob Kuhn on Youtube that happened again in 1997. It gives perception into the thoughts and technique of a grasp animal and acrylic painter.

At 4:27, he says:

“As I get older, I do what I need to do. And if I cheat a little bit bit, who cares? Primary, more often than not no person is aware of it however me. I’m not taking {a photograph}, I’m making a portray and it’s my portray. And I can do something I need.

I even have a idea that… and I actually consider this… that realism is honored within the breach. By that, I imply, I feel the place you cheat on the information is the place you turn out to be an artist. Not the place you file the information. Anyone can file the information. However when you’ve your information in entrance of you and also you say, “I do know that’s the way in which it’s, however that’s not the way in which I need it in my portray” and then you definately do one thing that augments the colour or the feel or the joy of the portray, then you definately’re functioning as an artist. In the event you’re merely placing down what you see, it’s possible you’ll be an incredible craftsman, however you ain’t an artist.”

I couldn’t agree extra. Portray isn’t about copying the topic element by element. It’s about capturing your impression of the topic and all the sentiments and concepts that include it. If it had been nearly copying, then a digicam already does that.

Bob Kuhn, In the Gloaming
Bob Kuhn, Within the Gloaming

At 5:29, he describes utilizing a carbon pencil so as to add texture to his work:

“One of many little gadgets that I ceaselessly use is an informal software of a wolf pencil, which is a carbon pencil, merely to kind of emphasize hair textures. I don’t prefer to overdo it, however there are occasions when just a bit sense of the roughness of the hair is all you want. And fairly than take a tiny little brush, which I don’t personal, and going choosy choosy, to me it has a little bit extra spontaneity in case you merely take this charcoal factor and make your little accents and let it go together with that. Or a little bit of roughness inside the form of a tree.”

Bob Kuhn, In Ellesmere Land - Arctic Wolf, 1996
Bob Kuhn, In Ellesmere Land – Arctic Wolf, 1996

At 7:45, he shares ideas on composition, portray with intuition, and understanding the topic:

“So what I’m actually saying is that I feel you may discover ways to make tolerable designs, however you may’t discover ways to make nice designs. You’ve obtained to be a designer and you need to have an intuition for transfer shapes round your portray. You can not paint issues that catch the character of a critter in case you don’t know the critter. I’m a kind of old style folks that actually feels you must put in your time on the zoo.”

Bob Kuhn, Heading Into Thick Stuff
Bob Kuhn, Heading Into Thick Stuff

Additionally, only a transient reminder to hitch my free 4-day workshop: Portray the Panorama. It’s free to hitch. The primary lesson goes out shortly.

Glad portray!

Dan Scott