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David Williams has seen the sleekness computer graphics have given some art. But he still believes there’s a place for an old-fashioned approach to artistic creation and inspiration.
“There’s a heartbeat in the hand-drawn line,” said Williams, a pencil artist and painter and also adjunct instructor of drawing and design in the visual communications department at Columbus’ Ivy Tech Community College. “Digital drawing media can capture that life quality, too.
“But something unique happens when a body holding a pencil responds to the texture of a good piece of paper. There’s beauty in that simple sensation.”
That’s one big reason why Williams is promoting his soon-to-be-released paperback book, “Drawing,” part of Penguin Books’ Idiot Guides. In fact, he’ll be drawing and signing copies of the work at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Columbus’ Viewpoint Books, Sixth and Washington streets.
Although he’s a veteran in the field, he’s remains a bit of an idealist when it comes to art’s power and impact.
“The best art brings people together to consider beauty and what it means to be a feeling human,” he said. “The artist translates and transforms observations and feelings into something that can be experienced and remembered. Art celebrates the beauty, and sometimes the agony, of being a sensing person.”
His website is crossviewstudio.com.
When did you know you had artistic talent?
Well, once I thought I was good when my friends in fourth grade voted for my drawings in a school art contest and I won. I had a real interest in making art and kept drawing and painting right through elementary, junior high and high school.
Parents and friends will tell you are good, but you don’t really know until you get feedback from artists you admire. I went to an art college and realized I had a lot to learn. But I had some good moments there, too. There were some artists there who were more talented than I was, but I worked hard and improved.
What advice do you most often give young artists?
For a young student of art, I would suggest they find a work of art they think is really good then copy it, and even better, learn how to draw all kinds of things in that style. Don’t give up until you figure its secrets out. Learn lots of styles.
But there’s a time when being able to draw in a style is not enough. At that point, it’s time to learn how to draw without a style, but simply in the most direct way to express the subject matter. Go to museums and galleries and see art.
Where is art in today’s priorities?
I’d guess art has a high priority to the public considering things like the scope and creativity of the Olympic celebration and the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Locally, I’ve seen sculptures and paintings placed around town that have a lot of public support.
What’s the immediate future hold for you?
I’ll continue teaching because I feel at home with people who want to learn about art. I’ve begun concepting a picture book. I want to (both) draw and write a story.
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