Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1950s, ©AWF
About the Art:
Although Warhol is best known for his silkscreen prints, he was also an excellent draughtsman. Drawing was a constant part of his artistic practice. As a child he took classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and later won awards for drawings he had made in high school. At Carnegie Institute for Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University, which Warhol graduated from with a degree in pictorial design) Warhol’s offbeat, nontraditional drawing style did not meet all his professors’ academic standards, and he was forced to do extra work in this area over summer break.
In the 1950s Warhol’s signature style for his commercial art career was the blotted line drawing technique. During the decade he also filled sketchbooks with freehand drawings, mostly done in ballpoint pen, of friends and still life objects. Several books of his drawings from this era were published including: Wild Raspberries and Boy Book.
In his Pop artwork, Warhol used mechanical drawing techniques and processes such as the opaque projector to draw outlines of images either in preparation for paintings or as drawings in themselves. He also incorporated drawn lines in his later silkscreened images such as Mao Wallpaper, Mick Jagger, Gems and his 1980s commercial work.