I am a Tractor


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Towards an essay ‘Towards a new grammar of drawing: revisiting the
Pedagogical Sketchbook of Paul Klee’

One for the glossary:

Consider:  Traction
esp. in relation to drawing as pulling/dragging
from Latin trahere = draw/acquire (see: capturing)
tractus = stretch of space or time
tract = duration, interval or lapse / expanse / essay or pamphlet for wider distribution (e.g. zine).
Traction is also defined as the transmission of a tangential force through friction.

So if T = traction, x = space and y = duration,
we can re-discover various hidden qualities of drawing, for example:

T (x ÷ y)
where the space taken by a drawing is divided by the time it takes to draw or be viewed. This could help the commercial artist calculate an hourly rate, or an animator work out when a deadline will be reached.

To increase the budget we can apply (x y)3
Or to condense operations under a tight deadline:  √xy 

Visual grammar explored in Paul Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook (1925)

If the opposite of pulling is pushing, then we can make the parallel distinction between what I call pullustration, where meaning is drawn out or elicited and audiences drawn in – and pushustration, where meaning is forced on the viewer. In both cases an equal and opposite force from the viewer makes illustration happen. I have no idea how to express this in mathematical symbols.

1. We should replace the cumbersome ‘draughtsperson/draughtspeople’ with tractor/s:
e.g. “CAD Tractor seeks position producing AQS plans and technical drawings. Can work AC [across corners] in all creative sectors.”
2. The term ‘tractor’ also raises the dilemma: farmer or hunter-gatherer?

Consider further: Attraction (drawing together)

Arising from a chance conversation with Jan Bennett and Linda Evans of Cardiff Drawing Group.