Robert Dukes on Drawing

Robert Dukes, after Veronese (courtesy of the artist)
Robert Dukes, after Veronese (courtesy of the artist)

Painter Robert Dukes argues for drawing as an essential artistic activity.

Dukes writes: "Drawing and painting are very closely combined. This might seem a surprisingly obvious statement: after all, the act of painting could hypothetically be broken down into drawing, colour and tone – yet some serious observational painters nowadays hardly draw at all. For me, regular drawing (with a pencil) is necessary for me to 'get my eye in.' In order to perceive colour-shapes clearly, I need to draw first... painters should draw constantly, in order to see, and therefore to paint."