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Art probably owes more to form for its range of expression than to color. Art expresses using form as a medium of expression rather than directly conveying or saying anything which makes it a very noble and unique form of expression. One of the most interesting fact is that many of the world’s greatest artists have been very restricted in their use of color, they have used form as a chief appealing factor in their artwork. It is reported that both Apelles and Rembrandt used only three colors, black, red, and yellow, and nothing else. One of the first and last thing that the painter studies is the drawing. Drawing and Painting is something that an artist learns through constant application and effort rather than by teaching alone. It is more to be developed by the artist himself. Color is something that cannot be taught, it is more dependant on the perception and the natural sense or taste that the artist has. A well-trained eye for the appreciation of form is what every student should set as a target for himself to acquire focusing all his effort on this
It is not enough in artistic drawing to just portray accurately the appearance of objects. To express form, one must first be moved by it. Every object, whether it is animate or inanimate has an innate rhythm and emotion attached to it. This rhythm and emotion is what is to be felt and captured by the artist when he gives a form to it. The form can never be captured if it is just a mechanical reproduction of the object like in a photograph. Looking at a mechanical reproduction , never induced the feeling of awe in anyone.
It is difficult to say in what this quality consists. It is very difficult to analyse an art form as it is not possible to tabulate the emphasis and selection that is unconsciously given in a drawing which is made under the guidance of strong feeling. This emotion is too subtle to be tabulated; they escape analysis. It is this emotion captured in the form of few lines which that gives a relation to the complex appearance of the real object and has more vitality and truth than what is found in a highly-wrought and painstaking drawing. In the later, the essential and vital things have been lost sight of in the labor of the work; and the non-essential, which is usually more obvious, is allowed to creep in and obscure the original impression. Of course, had the completed drawing been done with the mind centered upon the particular form significance which was aimed at, and every touch and detail added in tune to this idea, the comparison might have been completely different. But it is rarely that good drawings are done this way.

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Tabulate : arrange (data) in tabular form

Reproduction : the action or process of making a copy of something

Painstaking : done with or employing great care and thoroughness

Inanimate : not alive, especially not in the manner of animals and humans

Innate : inborn; natural

Rhythm : a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound

Vitality : the state of being strong and active; energy

Mechanical : working or produced by machines or machinery

Accurately : in a way that is correct in all details; exactly

Emotion : a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others


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