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Cute Little Drawings
First, let’s consider, is such a thing even possible? “Drawing” and “little” don’t usually go together. Drawings are naturally big. The precision and control that distinguishes them from sketches (which are almost always little) tends to require a certain size. There's also the matter of density. If the character of lines are to be read and measured by the eye or any other instrument, some space is required between lines. As the quantity of lines increases (which is commensurate with the capacity for information in the drawing) size must also increase. The other force working against being little is the size of the drawing implement. Finally, we can take the size of the line itself. Large lines are celebrated for their capacity to verge on a formal presence (consider the heaviness of a line made with a charcoal stick) while simultaneously respecting the capacity for a line to represent no thing, only the relationship between points. “Cute drawings” also verges into tantalizingly oxymoronic territory. If drawings are about having an experience or reading “into” lines to convey space, it would seem illogical, even handicapping, to anthropomorphize them.
In Mole Magazine, CUTE LITTLE THINGS: ISSUE 1. Iggy So, Editor.