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  • Ray Monde

Back to basics, re-learning to draw

Hand drawing of a crushed coffee cup on an easel

Crushed espresso cup, conte on cartridge paper

I’ve decided to go back to school and learn to draw all over again. After spending 20 years in the mad world of advertising, my drawing skills became institutionalised. They became kind of pictionary-esque quick-draws to get an idea across as quickly and simply as possible.

It’s a joy to step back into school, at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and pick up a bit of stick and press it to paper again. I’m relearning to feel an object, take it’s pulse and then render it in a new way.

It’s giving me a new burst, a quickening to be studying again after a 20 year hiatus. And I like the way it feels, relaxed, at ease, unpressured and free.

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