More calligraphic draughtsmanship
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Englishwoman. Its weekly publication demands
that news value predominateits smartness is
practical, its practice interesting. Lindley Abbatt,
therefore, succeeds McPeake. It is interesting to
see that in many ways his views coincide with
those of de Holden Stone
While there are obvious requisites in drawing
for fashion, it is no longer the specialised field
that it was. There is some aspect of fashion to
which almost any good graphic artist, with
originality and personality, can contribute. There
is a lot of room for the artist who may consider
himself primarily a portrait painter, a theatrical
designer, and so on. He brings a new slant into
fashion (Vertès, to take a prominent example, is
not essentially a fashion artist). Therefore, in
thinking of the young artist who wants to under
take fashion work, one tries to discover which
aspect they can interprethow they can be used.
One who may be casually eloquent in terms of
line or texture becomes surprisingly tongue-tied
when asked to portray the detail of accessories.
There are weaknesses in most artists' language
which, properly used, may be part of their
charm, but which tend to be irritating when
forced out of their path.
The Queen is always glad to see artists, and
is interested in new artistsyoung, new in
themselves, or new perhaps to the English market.
What we do not want, however, is thecatalogue
drawing, of which one sees so much and which
results from lack of critical faculty on the
part of the fashion artist. (Such is the artist
who brings out line-and-tone or line-and-tint
Such work carries little suggestion of what
critics calldesire-to-please,' and this
take-it-or-leave-it attitude for the
information of students) is the most evident
hall-mark of class in any form of art
or entertainment,'" says de Holden Stone.
Conscious effort to achieve this
arrogant quality, however, is useless it
degenerates into the desire-not-to-please,'
which is altogether different."