This fall, Drawing magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to get the festivities started, the Drawing Magazine Blog is looking back at our 10 favorite covers. To see the full list so far, check out the entire Drawing Magazine Blog.
For our No. 4 cover, we look at a piece from a controversial artist (at least in his time), that isn’t, itself, very controversial.
Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is probably best known for his more controversial work, which explored the human form and sexuality. So controversial, in fact, that he was arrested and imprisoned for his work’s “pornographic” nature.
This drawing, although much tamer, exhibits many of the same qualities as Schiele’s more “adult” pieces. It’s pretty remarkable how much mood, character, and attitude he is able to capture with such economy of line. That’s what drew me to this cover. It almost seems like a majority of the image was drawn with a single pencil stroke.