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This sketch was tough because of the way the legs were supporting each other. I think drawing with only lines helped determine the proportions for each component of the photo, and it may actually be the hardest part of replicating the photo. Another challenging dimension to this sketch was that I had to put some thought into the muscular structure of the foot before starting to sketch. For example, the foot on top has a defined muscle running from the big toe to the center of the arch, and leaving out this muscle would make the foot look very unnatural. In addition, the ankle bones on both feet were outlined lightly, since the feet looked very naked and much too smooth without them. In retrospect, I think I could have added even more lines for the wrinkles in the original picture, as I left many of them out.

I also paid more attention to the orientation of my lines, as Kandinsky put much emphasis on differentiating between horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. Clearly most of the lines in this sketch are horizontal, which, to Kandinsky, implies that they are black and "inwardly unquestionably cold" (Kandinsky 71). Although I may not understand what Kandinsky means by black, I do agree that this sketch seems a bit cold, most likely due to the number of horizontal lines present. This is a bit disappointing, since the original intent of this photo was to show human motion. However, I am glad that by using Kandinsky's techniques, I have discovered why the original photo seemed to feel cold and stagnant when it should have portrayed warm and moving.

Dots, Lines, and Shapes

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