Frank Auerbach’s drawings are very interesting because they are expressive and textured. You can see pieces of the surface of the paper which have been rubbed away, and pieces of paper which have been stuck on to patch up holes in the paper.
The figures in the drawings have a lot of texture which I assume is mostly accumulated through the vigorous process of drawing rather than observed from life. “Head of E.O.W.” has a ghostly appearance, almost looking like a stone statue figure. It is a dark shadowy drawing. I really like the way every space in the drawing has been worked into and distressed. I will try drawing like this.
Above is a study of a landscape. I like the expressive way he draws. It seems like he scribbles everything really quickly. I will try drawing like this.
Above is another drawing similar to “Head of E.O.W.” in that it looks like it’s been patched up. I think it looks interesting that you can see the patch – it doesn’t appear to have been attempted to be concealed. I like this drawing and the drawing below better than “Head of E.O.W.” because it has a lighter background and so is somehow easier to look at. I think this also makes the darker lines and areas more striking.
Below is another landscape which appears to have been drawn with quick lines. I wonder how Auerbach measures his drawings while drawing so expressively? Or perhaps it is all drawn from measurements by eye and instinctive measurements. His figures possess a certain exaggeration of form, such as in “Head of Julia”. Her forehead seems to be larger than life, while her chin seems to be a little small. This makes his drawings unique and compelling.
The paper on which the above “Self-portrait” is drawn is so distressed that it distorts the image. This has an effect of making a drawing look very old, and as if it has had a long and interesting history. It suggests that this drawing took a lot longer or a lot more layers of working into.