Space and Substance

🐪 🕰️ 🪑 OH SISTERS, SIT DOWN PLEASE. THE TABLE IS READY AND YOU ARE INVITED.

How to Write About Art

John Minton’s illustrations are very striking! I wanted to see more of them, so I bought Elizabeth David’s book Mediterranean Food published in 1950, in which we find Minton’s illustrations that accompany the recipes. Then I decided to draw one of his illustrations – the frontispiece for the chapter on “Substantial Dishes”.

Minton confines himself to the element of line to create a complete scenario: horizontal lines – for the horizon and broken horizontal lines for the sea; curved lines for the curtains; block lines for the chequered floor; diagonal lines for the shadows; cross-hatching lines to convey more shadows. As the viewer looks at the picture, one feels that the light is coming from over our left shoulder, causing the objects on the table to cast shadows.

What really intrigues me, however, is the way Minton has created space. He has done this in different ways. The tent, building…

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