2017 Week 6: Emotions

Art is filled with emotions. It is an expression of our joy and rage. We capture the essence of love, hate, pain, and anger in the lines we put on the page. We convey a moment of peace and tranquility or a scene of utter dismay through the images we share.

Emotions are not always shown through a figure on the page, but often by how we choose to capture the image. Our usage of lines and color reveal how we feel about the image.

death-seizing1Look at the charcoal drawings of German artist Kathe Kollwitz. How she uses bold, dark lines and shapes contrasted against the stark white of the page to cast an emotion of despair and sadness. In her drawing “Death Seizing a Woman” we see both the use of lines and facial expressions, along with the positions of the figures, to convey the surprise, horror, and darkness of the moment.

art-by-louise-terrier-28022015211433Contrast that against the work of French artist Louise Terrier who works in bold watercolors. His Lion drawing has a raw tenderness about it. The chaotic splash of colors bring out a joy that clean, stark black and white drawings of Kollwitz would be unable to capture.

This week, the challenge is to capture an emotion in your drawing. Any emotion. Make it your own.

Utilize your technique, the subject matter, color, materials, and/or size to allow you to manipulate the drawing to bring out the emotions that you want to convey.

If you want to challenge yourself even further: try to express an emotion without using a figure. The lack of facial expressions and body position will add to the challenge of revealing emotions.

We’d love to have you join us on this adventure. If you are interested in joining in, please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!


I found that I loose a lot of the emotion of a piece when I go back over a drawing or sketch with ink. So, for this drawing, inspired by a quote shared by a coworker (“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm”) I kept the sketch-like quality of the lines to keep the emotion of the drawing. This drawing was based off of the image of the Tibetan monk who set himself on fire to protest in Vietnam. – STKerr

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