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Norman McLaren Quotes and Sayings

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By drawing or exposing two or more patterns on the
same bit of film I can create harmony and textual effects.
- Norman McLaren

I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the
film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between
a painter and his canvas.
- Norman McLaren

I like black and white films.
I don't exactly know why - probably because there is
a stylization which is removed from actual life,
unlike a color film.
- Norman McLaren

The process of art evolving is always one which has fascinated me.
- Norman McLaren

 

I don't know whether it ever comes back to the same thing;
it does return to the spirit of a previous period in some way,
but it's different, it's new.
- Norman McLaren

But it has, in addition, an even more precious quality -
a consciousness of the human intelligence,
the human spirit and that man is a social creature.
- Norman McLaren

In any art movement, the art has to move into a new phase -
a filmmaker has a desire to make a film that is not like a previous film.
- Norman McLaren

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Animation is not the art of drawings that move but
the art of movements that are drawn.
- Norman McLaren

Unless it's done superbly, as in the Japanese film Gate of Hell,
color can be a very distracting element.
- Norman McLaren

Film is changing, and it can't help but keep changing.
- Norman McLaren

And so my militant philosophy is this:
to make with a brush on canvas is a simple direct delight-to
make with the movie is the same.
- Norman McLaren

Well rounded forms gives smooth sounds;
sharper or angular forms give harder and harsher sounds.
- Norman McLaren

Take a film of Jacques Tati like Mon Oncle which has something quite new -
for me,
unique - in it.
- Norman McLaren

So people will come along and do new things and sometimes
return to the spirit of an earlier age.
- Norman McLaren

The number of strokes to the inch controls the pitch of the note:
the more,
the higher the pitch; the fewer, the lower the pitch,
the size of the stroke controls the loudness...
the tone quality is the most difficult element to control,
it is made by the shape of the strokes.
- Norman McLaren

The good moral work of art should have all the qualities
that a good amoral work of art should have,
such as formal unity, balance, contrast,
and a sensitivity to the material out of which it is made.
- Norman McLaren

May You Always Be Connected With Earth and Sky -
Drawing Energy From Both.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tongue like a sharp knife...
Kills without drawing blood.
- The Buddha

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
- John W. Gardner

I'm not materialistic.
I believe in presents from the heart,
like a drawing that a child does.
- Victoria Beckham

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
- Henri Matisse

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have
not so much as shaken God's hand to spoil one letter
or line he has been drawing.
- William Gurnall

What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil
in hand at the telescope.
You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.
- Clyde Tombaugh

I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward,
during surgery, or while drawing blood.
- Michael Crichton

We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked,
or if it didn't, and wonder what was effective in it,
in terms of paint, the subject matter,
the size, the drawing.
- Helen Frankenthaler

Today there are about 40 million retirees receiving benefits;
by the time all the baby boomers have retired,
there will be more than 72 million retirees drawing
Social Security benefits.
- Tony Snow

I've never seen bad drawing destroy a good idea.
On the other hand, I've never seen a good drawing save a bad idea.
- Paul Conrad

It became clear to me that I had to push it toward
a more representational way of drawing.
- Joe Sacco

I'm drawing the gossip surrounding the celebrity,
or the image the celebrity tries to push on us.
- Hilary Duff

My first concern was to take care of my drawing.
I did not have any knowledge in arts,
especially Haitian arts, apart from the paintings I
saw in my father's office.
- Ralph Allen

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness
and the best out of our own students.
What better books can there be than the book of humanity?
- Cesar Chavez

On one occasion in 1987 the security police came looking
for me because of a drawing that I'd published.
- Jonathan Shapiro

I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended,
continuing and perfecting childhood drawing -
without the traditional interruption of academic training.
- Saul Steinberg

The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation.
The opening of the stone was far more interesting than
the drawing that I had done on it.
- Andy Goldsworthy

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.
- Paul Klee

I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind,
but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and
all the colors around it and what it will really look like.
- Roy Lichtenstein

I think it is an inborn talent - just luck.
Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball.
Most people have something.
My talent is drawing and painting.
- Mike Thompson

I guess I didn't enjoy drawing very much.
It was like homework.
- Robert Crumb

It wasn't a problem for me drawing humans although
I had originally come to the studio with the idea that
what I had to offer them was my knowledge in the drawing of animals.
- Marc Davis

It was exactly an assembly line.
You could look into infinity down these rows of drawing tables.
- Gil Kane

Even though Raster Blaster was only a video game,
I was learning about designing stuff.
I got good at drawing.
- Bill Budge

I have been drawing all my life.
- Dick Bruna

Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself,
as much as to understand what one is drawing.
- Henry Moore

If the gag is complicated, you spend more time thinking
about the way you're drawing it.
- Sergio Aragones

I Never Liked You.
I think that's my best book.
I think it works the best as a story,
and I like the drawing.
It works on both levels, for me at least.
- Chester Brown

But usually I begin things through a drawing,
so a lot of things are worked out in the drawing.
But even then, I still allow for and want to make changes.
- Roy Lichtenstein

It takes more drawing to tell a story in pantomime.
- Jim Woodring

I started to get bored with that stuff about only drawing
men and I've taken it out of the slideshow.
- Alison Bechdel

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing,
photography, and writing.
- Layne Staley

When I come home and I'm tired from filming all day,
I expect her to be there and make sure everything is cool for me.
You know, like drawing my bath and helping me into bed.
- Oliver Reed

You always feel the drawing you are working on is the best you've ever done...
I am only interested in the present.
- Al Hirschfeld

A full, rich drawing style is a drawback.
- Bill Griffith

The director's job should give you a sense of music
without drawing attention to itself.
- Taylor Hackford

Some days you feel like this is really going well.
You can tell.
Other days, you're just drawing like a farmer and you don't know why.
- Pat Oliphant

Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor
who is not limited by the body,
only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.
- Marc Davis

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life.
My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early
age I have spent time painting and drawing.
- John Dyer

It's as if I were collaborating with myself,
revealing my relationship to the material.
My hand would make the drawing.
Then my mouth would transmit it.
- Jim Hodges

While most students were trying to draw one beautiful finished piece,
I would be in the background drawing dozens of studies
at different angles to use later.
- Frank Bruno

That is a Medieval way of drawing history,
in which they do not respect the law and want the rest
of the world to respect the law.
That's not possible.
- Emir Kusturica

I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve
themselves in a situation.
Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
- Dr. Seuss

When I am in the company of scientists,
I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake
into a drawing room full of dukes.
- W. H. Auden

This is an important book, the critic assumes,
because it deals with war.
This is an insignificant book because it deals with
the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
- Virginia Woolf

I think actors have a choice of drawing attention to
themselves or living on the outskirts.
- Rachel Weisz

I'm just drawing it now.
It's totally revolting.
I'm sure you'll love it.
- Eddie Campbell

Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been
around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.
- Frank Darabont

Originality depends only on the character of the drawing
and the vision peculiar to each artist.
- Georges Seurat

It was like a miracle, but before our very eyes,
and almost in the drawing of a breath,
the whole body crumbled into dust and passed from our sight.
- Bram Stoker


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