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