Ready. Set. Draw.

As you already know, we’ve decided to do things a little differently. For this Showdown we are going back to our roots, to one of the most rudimentary and accessible forms of art, drawing.

We are reflecting upon an age before we had computers, before we had language, to before we even had civilization. Yes, we are going back to drawing.

Everyone is familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketch “The Vitruvian Man”, it is sketches like this that influenced his whole art practice. In his sketchbooks he planned out the masterpieces, thought of new inventions, and made some truly spectacular artworks among his grocery lists. We too are interested in drawing being the origin of ideas, thought and the foundation of art as we know it.

That is why we are keeping this challenge open to your interpretation. We want to see how drawing affects your art practice. Do you make minimal scribbles like David Shrigley or dynamic figures like Robert Longo or perhaps entirely different?

So, gear-up for this next Showdown. We want to see drawing the way you see drawing. Bring us illustrations, figure studies, abstract wonders, minimal musings, and more.

Submissions begin, September 15th. Stay tuned for even more details.

 

 

 

166 Comments

  1. mrdere says:

    http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Drawing-Pen-and-Ink-I-DONT-WANT-TO-HEAR/296904/1330460/view

    hello i have some sketches,may be interest some works

    thanks for attention

    best

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  2. Jan Tozer says:

    I love to draw! – I portrayed ‘West Pier Collapsing’ 03 – ink/paper/wash – Richard & Judy chose my work for their Final 15 and exhibited it – Royal College Of Art -London – drawing is about tempo of the line – very expressive and full of emotion! – I will definitely enter drawing showdown – Jan – Brighton artist

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  3. ozgen says:

    Awesome
    cant wait thnx for the opportunity

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  4. Charles Gomila says:

    I usually make studies (e.g. in coloured pencils) for my large-scale project ‘The Art of Still Life’. They enable me to solve problems with, for example, the composition and also to develop my ideas in a visual, concrete form. I also documented my reading of the great and very long Hindu work ‘The Mahabharata’ in the style of comic-books.

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  5. I do not know who you think you all are but I paint over my drawings when I am drunk am I when drawings my over paint I but are all you think you who know not do I

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  6. I do not know who you think you all are but I paint over my drawings when I am drunk am I drunk I am drunk am I when drawings my over paint I but are all you think you who know not do I

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  7. Not really really not really not really really noT

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  8. I have never entered a completion like this before and I really and truly love going back to the basics of drawing. I always sketch for ideas first before painting my pieces.

    I will be entering and glad to have the opportunitey to enter.

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  9. Ready, looking forward to instructions!
    Cheers
    RG

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  10. Myriam Solar says:

    ¡Nice Showdown! I have a secret weapon: the living Nature of the water.

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  11. I am working on a drawing called ‘Why did they have to do that?’ ‘?taht od ot evah yeht did yhW’ called drawing a on working am I. It will be finnished when there is a great moment of change.

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  12. please do not give me instructions me give not do please

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  13. Monique says:

    Shhh…”Little Secret” Erotic Charcoal Art by Monique…

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  14. Can sculptors also be in this drawing-game? For I try to make sculptures with a sense of space that can only be faked within the borders of a two-dimensional flat surface!

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    • John Struth says:

      Can fake bank-notes also be in this drawing-game? For I try to make bank-notes with a sense of space that can only be faked within the borders of a two-dimensional flat surface!
      Pravda!!!

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  15. Nera d'Auto says:

    Innanzitutto occorre dire che lo schizzo, il segno, è cosa a se stante se messo in rapporto con il colore nell’universo: il colore dato da elementi che si combinano, e la linea dolce, sinuosa, leggera, pesante, dritta, arrotolata, ecc. che chiude un involucro continuamente in evoluzione, e si proietta nel divenire in coppia con il colore. Questa convinzione ha fatto si che il mio discorso artistico fosse impostato sempre in modo che le due entità procedessero di pari passo con uguale dignità. La linea, per quello che mi riguarda, rappresenta la razionalità, l’ordine, la costruzione, mentre il colore è indice di libertà di spazio, di divenire, di aggregazione. “In Principio fu il Caos (esplosione di elementi), poi intervenne la linea ordinatrice”. Occorre ritornare alle origini per cercare di acchiappare

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  16. Nera d'Auto says:

    Innanzitutto occorre dire che lo schizzo, il segno, è cosa a se stante se messo in rapporto con il colore nell’universo: il colore dato da elementi che si combinano, e la linea dolce, sinuosa, leggera, pesante, dritta, arrotolata, ecc. che chiude un involucro continuamente in evoluzione, e si proietta nel divenire in coppia con il colore. Questa convinzione ha fatto si che il mio discorso artistico fosse impostato sempre in modo che le due entità procedessero di pari passo con uguale dignità. La linea, per quello che mi riguarda, rappresenta la razionalità, l’ordine, la costruzione, mentre il colore è indice di libertà di spazio, di divenire, di aggregazione. “In Principio fu il Caos (esplosione di elementi), poi intervenne la linea ordinatrice”. Occorre ritornare alle origini per cercare di acchiappare ciò che fino ad ora ci è sfuggito..

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  17. Cas holmes says:

    Drawing in any medium? Such as stitch as long as the hand is in control?

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  18. ANNA DI SCALA says:

    ANNA LITTLE BOOK OF EROTIC DRAWING CANT WAIT TO UPLOAD :) :):)

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  19. varda breger says:

    looking forward to take part.
    Thanks for the opportunity

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  20. Ben Thompson says:

    The Saatchi art contests are just popularity contests. The winner is whom ever can get the most friends to vote for their art.
    Quality of art does not matter, just the number of connections to get people to vote for your art.

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  21. Artual says:

    Great, at last something different. It is easier to enter a competition with a clearly specified technique – thanks for the opportunity:)

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  22. Adrijan says:

    how do we participate?
    is there any form of application?

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  23. I have to say I feel a bit like Ben Thompson’s remark. Artists who I had never heard of in the last Showdown kept saying how they liked my work and had voted for me, so would I please vote for them in return! Hmmmmm…..however I am LONGING to submit drawings, as I love drawing above all…..so will prob disregard all the above and just hope anyway….

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  24. how to apply? i like the idea of going bk to roots!!!

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  25. John Rula says:

    I draw during most of my free time , I see it as a way to loosen up and keep my brain in a active state so as to be ready when I go to the Studio. I rarily use my sketches for pc’s but find them essential all the same …have fun and keep sketching..peace P.S try drawing while watching a movie but DONT look at your page until you feel you are done , it can be VERY interesting.

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  26. como puedo participar?
    muchas gracias !

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  27. puedo mandar mis dibujos por mail?

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  28. Roz Dimon says:

    “We are reflecting upon an age before we had computers, before we had language, to before we even had civilization. Yes, we are going back to drawing.”

    Great, and drawing is a language yes? A visual language of marks in space — and why not go FORWARD into drawing as well, using the medium of our time to TOUCH. (digit) Hey the kids are already there.

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  29. María Victoria Piedrahita says:

    si quiero ser tu amiga chao.

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  30. Jan Tozer says:

    Am excited : ) : I : ( You can realise the interpretation of the tempo of line by analysing these faces 1. Mouth is smiley 2. Mouth is without expression 3. Mouth is unhappy – This shows you the power of line – meaningful and expressive – I am visualizing the drawing already in my mind – watch this space – drawing showdown! Jan Tozer

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    • John Struth says:

      What a tosser!!!!

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      • immanuel says:

        never mind a tosser in art …it’s their job to provolk a crowd into a massdebate…leave the tozer alone and stop struthing your stuff..you are wasting your talent on an innocent…go get some occult sorcerers and have LOTS OF FUN…..

        Reply
        • John Struth says:

          The messianic comedian/nutter extraordinaire strikes again! Learn how to spell and stick to your day job!

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          • The Lion says:

            Wot about if immanuel is de new messiah – have you thought of that John ?

          • immanuel says:

            It is the mark of a truely free genius to spell the same word two or three different ways and STILL get his point across….it’s the mark of a wannabe professor to belittle others spelling mistakes in a pathetic bit to make themselves appear really educated and more important……..wtih a true arist lkie msyelf all tihngs are pssabole…..I am free to become anything I wish….you, i am sorry to say, have already become everything you deserve….carry on your STRUTh for the entertainment of all those who know what not to become by your example…

          • John Struth says:

            HAHAHAHA
            I hail a true genius!
            God’s ‘truth

  31. Look at the sketches for some satirical views of humanity.

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  32. Mark Pol says:

    Should be nice to participate..

    Greets

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  33. angel 41 says:

    Good to see the showdown up and running again.

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  34. djouder says:

    oui j’aime bien ça Je Vais Ajouter quelques dessin sur http://www.saatchionline.com

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  35. bruno elisei says:

    Bravi, complimenti! parteciperò volentieri, è un metodo molto bello per vedere se gli artisti cercano veramente di dire qualcosa.
    Gli schizzi, i disegni etc. sono dei semi dai quali nascono le piante, le piante però non sempre danno gli stessi frutti, a mio avviso se tutte le piante danno sempre lo stesso frutto, vuol dire che i galleristi, i critici, i direttori di musei etc, sono coloro che impongono un certo tipo del fare, in questo caso gli artisti sono solamente dei robot. Se la pianta da’ frutti diversi “ma sempre frutti da’” vuol dire che l’artista è influenzato dalla storia, da tutti gli accadimenti del vivere del passato e soprattutto dell’oggi, che è l’era in cui viviamo. In questo caso l’artista da’ il meglio della sua capacità. perchè esteriorizza il suo genuino sentire, questo lo hanno sempre dimostrato i grandi maestri, pittori, scultori, poeti, musicisti, scrittori, architetti, registi etc.
    Dante Alighieri diceva: ” I mi son un, che quando amor mi spira, noto, e a quel modo che ditta dentro vo significando”.

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  36. Violette SIMONS says:

    Thank you, I would like to join as well, thank you for the opportunity,

    Violette :)

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  37. gavin mayhew says:

    Hi. How do I submit the drawings for the next showdown? Thanks. Gavin

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  38. Linda Jaks says:

    looking forward for more information, indeed interezting to see all exhibitors and they art pieces…=)

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  39. Charles Gomila says:

    Drawings only!!! – what a great idea!!! – is the Saatchi Gallery recognising the value of good old-fashioned technique at long last?

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  40. Charles Gomila says:

    RE :”We are reflecting upon an age before we had computers, before we had language, to before we even had civilization.”

    I suggest that the people that produced the incredible Lascaux drawings must have had a civilisation……

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  41. we should hold the contest at the beach and draw on the sand with sticks, hey?

    hope you enjoy a recent drawing from my Open Look series: Lacey Kisses Lucky

    http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Drawing-Pen-and-Ink-Lacey-Kisses-Lucky/2553/1156060/view

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  42. Sarah Brown says:

    Hi everyone,
    does anyone know how to enter this, sorry if I have completely missed it when i read about it:)

    Thank you!!!!

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  43. So you know where to go to see the winning picture (lol) check out the drawings on http://www.saatchionline.com/capella

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  44. drawings it is projections of reality on the big screen .

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  45. Graeme Gerard Halliday says:

    I will be taking part!

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  46. Hi. That’s a link to my drawings. >>>

    http://www.saatchionline.com/profiles/portfolio/id/58336/p/1

    I really don’t know is this is the place to post links to our drawings. I can also upload some of my drawings if anyone tell me where’s the place. :) Have a good evening to you all and good luck!

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  47. Will be submitting a drawing as per the advice of my friend Stephen Thorpe.

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  48. Zoe says:

    Hi Guys!

    My name is Zoe La Placa and I am part of customer support here at Saatchi Online. We’re glad everyone is so excited about Showdown and the specific genre for the competition. A few quick responses to some of your questions:

    - We are leaving drawing up to the interpretation of the artist so whatever you think constitutes drawing please enter as your submission.

    - The submissions page will launch on the 15th with details of how to enter. You will have 2 weeks to do so. You must be a Saatchi Online artist and your work must currently be for sale on the site.

    - Voting is done in multiple stages. The initial stage is open to the public. The 2nd and 3rd stages are juried judging. Details will be on the submission page.

    So start uploading and pricing all your amazing drawings and get ready to submit them on, and two weeks after Thursday, September 15th!

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  49. formacolor says:

    Drawing is a good exercise, time to time.
    With drawing, forms are reflected.
    Quick drawing is a special approach.
    formacolor
    [ GOOGLE: "manifeste formacolor"]

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  50. immanuel says:

    this showdown is prejudice against holy works…my work will never be for sale as it is a gift for the messiah……i think this showdown is bias toward money greedy image makers and is set up to bury the genius of true artists who understand that their gift should be shared freely with all who come near….because i am not allowed to enter this contest by default “polices and procedures” you are missing out on a great piece of art…i am not sad because the ones who excluded me are the very ones who absolutely don’t deserve the truth in my work in the first place…they would only use it for their own selfish gain and perversion of power, so good luck to the buyers and GOD bless the outcast creators….long live the dribbler scribblers all your dreams are about to come true……….

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    • Charles Gomila says:

      Get a life man….

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      • immanuel says:

        I PROMISE to get a life if you PROMISE to get some painting lessons……

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        • Charles Gomila says:

          Who are you? Why don’t you use your real name? You coward!

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          • immanuel says:

            naming flesh has little to do with who i am and where i am from….i may be a coward in your eyes but it isnt because i am lacking the truth…i know the truth and i fear deeply for your soul my friend…the difference between image makers and true artists is that the true artist is sent to do a very specific job and he knows full well whats happens next……you are under the law so by the law you are to call me IMMANUEL..my name is IMMANUEL GODSON thank you very much…..this is who i am today and that is a truth that will haunt you until the day you give up your pointless image making……I am many things to many different people…mostly hated and rejected……you are free to call me what you like..in as many ways as you can think in poisonous satire you are free to make me an object of revile…but when the shit hits the fan, i ask you, for once in your life don’t be a hypocrit and turn to call me a lier on top of all your slurs….and also…dont forget to learn how to paint properly…..it helps your reputation when you insist on claiming to be a qualified “artist”…God be with you and have mercy on you in the great day of our lord’s judgment….

  51. …big cheers…great theme…and very good idea…drawings…for me I prefer sketches…or notes…sometimes I have actually no time for to work it out…but there is this moment…where you find the theme…and colors…you have searched for…you see this picture in your mind…and you know…that is it…!!!…and then I need a lil paper…and a pen…and in 3 minutes or less…I draw some lines…and this is my way to sort it in my mind…can’t wait to start…at least for me it’s ready in this moment…and I can’t wait to start the communication….for me is my artwork a way to talk…so with the sketches…I start the theme we will talk about…and with the artwork I try to show my arguments…and try to give them enough energy for to stay and get noticed…!

    …enjoy…some sketches…and the artwork…title is “Peace and Love…Yes We Can”…painted in the autumn of 2008…video: What Is Love…song by Tom Ende…lyrics, artwork and video by me…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCa4EPz7ryo

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  52. bruno elisei says:

    Non parlo inglese, c’è qualcuno della redazione SAATCHI online che pconosce e parla italiano? per favore, potete farmelo sapere? così potrò spigare meglio sui miei lavori, Grazie

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  53. Roberto Scala says:

    I the best drawings in the world take care
    please send me more info about art so
    to this address : Roberto Scala Via Molini 11
    800061 Massa Lubrense (NA) Italy
    0039 3475714764

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  54. foroz says:

    hello how can i participated on it??? plz give more information

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  55. Ready to submit diagram-drawings as one of the infinite ways to express the passion of idea. Looking forward for instructions… Cheers

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  56. Dariusz CERAZY says:

    How enter?

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  57. The drawing contest idea is great, but reading all your comments is as fun as the contest is going to be…good luck to all of you and may the sharpest pencil win!

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  58. Hey all, nice place you got here – its my first time posting any of my stuff in a place like this.

    I am not sure how you link to the stuff your uploading but if you can see my website there is stuff there.

    its all surreal ink art 18 x 24 ” inches is the medium

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  59. Fiona says:

    does anyone know what time and in what time zone will showdown be open for submissions? cheers fi

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  60. kat says:

    well – drawing by ink… sumi-e, which i love
    http://www.saatchionline.com/katsa

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  61. John Sims says:

    So many nutters here!!!

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  62. Fernando says:

    Ha-ha!

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  63. Fernando says:

    bla,bla,blabla……

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  64. maria constantinou says:

    where is the link? how do we apply? hope u do get back to me maria

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  65. Daniel says:

    Hello Saatchi

    I am drawing for the last 40 years with Prismacolor,can the latter be involve in a first class international competition of drawing or a biennial that would unite the best of colored pencil drawing worldwide? Thank you,have a fine day!

    Daniel

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  66. Fiona says:

    no long to go now, looking forward to seeing everyones drawings, cheers Fi

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  67. “Disegno”.
    Ciò che è difficile vedere.
    Pur avendolo davanti.

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  68. I have an updated link for the Ink Art Work and a New Version Uploaded
    see link below

    I have fresh pro scans of all my art works they will be going to the website very soon

    everyone here has nice stuff .. I love being in a place with dedicated artists its so refreshing :)

    http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Drawing-Pencil-This-is-NUN/300434/143233/view

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  69. The Lion says:

    Flattery will get you everywhere!
    Good luck James!

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  70. Drawing is the basis of communication and, therefore, the civilization.
    Letters, numbers, text – that’s all the secondary
    Line is the greatest achievement of human abstract thought.
    There are no lines in nature. Man has invented a line to show the border contrast between figure and ground (contour of objects).
    Everyone can draw well, but most prefer to use words, claiming that they have no abilities. This is misleading. The skill to speak, read and write more complex than the skill to draw.
    So let’s draw! Bravo Saatchionline

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    • A Chichikov says:

      Interesting theory!

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      • The Lion says:

        Let’s see what Immanuel has to say first please….

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        • immanuel says:

          I would agree that human beings, from the dawn of the mind magically learned HOW to draw the line…the deepest mystery to date regarding this is that it is now almost 40,000 years later and still, after all our communicating we havent learned WHEN to draw the line…we may be magicians with pencils but we are yet to perform even one miracle and not CROSS the line we sooo love in communicating…we still kill and hate, and for what…some messed up beleif that is brought to us by…yes….you guessed it….IMAGES drawn by geniuses who love the idea of moving a crowd under the power of a symbol….as i am asked to add to the statement above by our good friend the lion, I say that simulacrum was mans first sickness and as yet it has proven incurable….if you want to create a masterpiece that actually helps the audience then leave the page blank…as white as the light in heaven, anything else can only lead to revelations 13 judging by the state of modern art today……RANT OVER

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          • John Struth says:

            The power of flags to control people???
            Malevich’s White on White???

          • John Struth says:

            immanuel
            If you could set aside your religious concerns and views in this forum, we could have an interesting and serious discussion on drawing and the origin of creativity – Saatchi Online is a truly international community of artists of, I’m sure, many different faiths and beliefs (religious, agnostic, atheist).
            Saatchi Online should encourage member artist to follow “Officers’ mess” rules: in the British Army there are 2 subjects that you don’t discuss with your comrades: politics and religion (for obvious reasons).

          • immanuel says:

            very well then john..lets talk about football instead…the logo of man united with the devil comes to mind….long live the glory of man and never ever touch upon the truth in the power of image making…truth has no place in art…right……

            the truth about art today is that those who are engaged in it are either walking with the spirit of the true creator inside them and are trying hard to help heal others OR they are ignorant to the fact that they are involved in creating idols for the blind on the other side of the fence……if an artist can’t acknowledge god in what they do then they are not an artist at all and dont belong in a gallery…they are an unenlightened image maker looking for glory by the work of their own hands…….true artists know exactly what they are doing with the symbols and are able to help many with the flick of a pencil….the image maker on the other hand is doing nothing more than peddling rehashed symbols that dont belong to them…they are doing damage because they dont understand the power in them……

            if politics and religion dont belong in art then what does?…..try finding the truth first and then see how best to employ it in art…its your job as a sorcerer to set people free from idol worship, not making their delusions worse and the trap deeper…..

  71. Moses Foster says:

    I´m non-conforming… I make whatever comes out.
    Check out that website…. I´d love to hear what you think about the work you´ll find. Do a little digging and find some jewels…..

    Enjoy,

    Moses

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  72. Exciting opportunity to put up work from my sketchbook, that would otherwise not be shown.

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  73. bruno elisei says:

    Grazie The Lion, dove si possono vedere i tuoi lavori?

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  74. The Lion says:

    Qual è la vostra e-mail per favore?

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  75. Remus says:

    But where and when can we enter for this?

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  76. Reza says:

    how could we join this program or exhibition?

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  77. How can I submit a drawing to your competion?
    Best regards,
    Pierre Bocion

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  78. Shadee Selim says:

    Drawing is not just a mark on a surface its drawing out or restoring feeling or visual statement.The mind and the heart is like a DRAW..and this is drawing to me.

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  79. This is a FANTASTIC Competition!! I am soooo sad that I have missed the deadline, as my practise focuses on drawing. Good luck to those that applied! :-)

    Best wishes,
    aleks

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