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Creator: Robert Heinecken

United States, 1931 - 2006

Publisher: Apeiron Workshops Inc.

Title: Poloroid Drawing Triptych/ 3. In deference to the practitioners: Krims, Locks, Samaras and Sicilia
Date: 1978
Medium: Polaroid with text, right piece of triptych
Credit Line: Gift of Robert Heinecken
Accession Number: 1981.0063.0015
Inscriptions:gently and carefully. Be extra careful with smooth skies and fragile clouds. Leave them photographic, or just lightly color them. Flowers are natural subjects for Poloroid drawing. Again work with natural lines and learn where not to draw; that is, where the photo already looks like a drawing. This will of course come with experience. Clowns are common models for artists because of their colorful costumes and heavy make up. There is a freedom of expression here since clowns are not supposed to look like anything else in the world. Neither is drawing. Fig. C Further Poloroid Drawing
Because you have the ability ti change photographic reality into artificial drawing, you may want to experiment with mixing unusual objects into your photos. For instance, you could shoot person holding a photo or re-photograph a photograph. In your drawing you can re-create these items in a new synthesized way, thus mixing fantasy and reality. Many such surrealistic possibilities can be found. in time, you’ll know when to stop drawing. Too much drawing can make the emulsion too soft, almost mushy. Time and experience will help determine this. An important part of your piece is finished. After you decide that a drawing is finished, it is good to get away from it for a few minutes. The drawing will tend to resettle a little, and your eye will become more objective. Look at your drawing close up and then at arms length. if you desire, adjustments can then be made in the slightly drier emulsion. Again, trial and error will be your best teacher. Real pleasure can be obtained from the act of Poloroid drawing. the ease of expression and the immediately satisfying results make it fun to do, and therefore, fun to practice. Practice may not make perfect but it will make you better and more creative. Fig. D Finished Poloroid Drawing
Remember: Practice is as important in Poloroid drawing as it is in any other medium. Even though the basic technique is simple, to achieve true “art” you need experience. And don’t be afraid to experiment. May I suggest that, as soon as possible, you shot and draw one pack of SX-70 film- 10 shots. Then read this again.
Description: Polaroid of woman’s inner thighs with colored pencils and text