|How to trace?|
Tracing doesn't require any experience or drawing ability!
Everybody - from the smallest child to the most aged - can trace pictures. Many people with developmental disabilities love to trace.
In contrast to the conceptual work of an artist, 1001 Drawings involves tracing the picture as it presents itself to the eye, in its own reality, and not according to the preconceived ideas - and ideals - each person might hold.
Tracing requires no costly materials.
A piece of paper and a few crayons are all that is needed. You can find small drawing paper blocks and coloured pencils for almost nothing in dollar stores.
To simplify the process, model drawings will be provided on this site. You can download, print, and make copies of them.
To trace a drawing,
simply place a piece of white paper or tracing paper on top of the model
drawing and use paper clips or tape to keep the sheets of paper together
while you trace.
If you don't have the necessary materials, or are working with very small children, it is still possible to participate by printing and then colouring in the model drawings available on the website.
If you use regular printer paper and find it too opaque, simply put both sheets of paper on a piece of glass and orient it toward the light source, or use a small light table. You can also trace during daylight hours by taping the pattern and the tracing paper on a window.
|Small, pre-assembled light tables can be found in art and craft stores.|
Word from the Illustrator
The model drawings you will find on this site were faithfully and tenderly
traced from photographs that were sent to me. The images were simplified
slightly to make the tracing process more accessible to people who are
unfamiliar with the practice of drawing.
by this quest for artistic performance, I become a cartoonist, a professional
illustrator and even a ‘’contemporary artist’’.
The paradox was that although I liked the idea that I formed in my mind
about the images I was going to create, the actual act of drawing was
arduous and painful for me. Why was that? Simply because the search
to perform imposed a lot of pressure on the process, and my mind was
always judging the results long before the drawing was finished!
I take the time to draw someone, whoever he or she might be in this
world, it is, for me, a way to whisper from a distance – you are
important to me; I accept and welcome you into my heart, just as you