Assert and obliterate


While perusing the internet I found an interesting free online class on expressive drawing. A great class to loosen up and start creating.
I learned that the class is actually based on the book Expressive drawing by Steven Aimone, like a drawing workshop in book form, and I decided to purchase the book.
Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone
I’ve actually had the book for a while now, and I have to say, this is definitely my favorite art book. Ever. There is just so much in this book. Like I said: it’s a workshop in book form, covering many subjects: different types of drawing (though this book focuses on abstract drawing), line, shape, composition, working with flux, repetition, rhythm, balance, working with a grid.

While I haven’t worked through the entire book yet, I learned a lot already, and one lesson in particular really got my attention and has helped me move forward in my artmaking.
The lesson is about working in flux, creating interest and movement in a piece, and the method used to achieve this is called: assert and obliterate. You draw something, cover some of it with white acrylic paint, and then you draw some more, cover some of it up, going back and forth like this until you’re satisfied with your piece.
This is a great method to create an interesting, layered drawing, and, it’s a great way to let go of the fear of making a wrong move in your art. If you don’t like something, you can just cover it up (and make the piece more interesting in the process)!

These two pieces were made using this method.
Butterfly Wings by Randy Roelen
Untitled by Randy Roelen

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