Lately I’ve been looking at Seurat’s charcoal drawings, specifically to look at the way he handles the articulation of the human form and also how he so seamlessly integrates figures into their environments. Oddly enough, I actually really don’t care for his paintings at all. I find them incredibly stiff and lacking in terms of depth and atmosphere, two formal elements that are particularly effective and subtle in his drawings. I find it incredible how suggestive, subtle, and intimate his drawings are. Any attempts on the viewer to find details to pick at are futile, and it’s astounding how simple the execution when you take a very close look. What I think is one of the strongest parts of his technique is his transitions: how he leads you from one form to another, or from a figure into space. The choices he makes on when to present clarity and when to make certain areas obscure seem so perfect and natural.