Sketchbook: Louis Netter - The Beach

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The beach has been a fascination of mine for the past several years primarily because it has been a holiday destination. I have also found it to be well suited to drawing and observing from a nearly unnoticed perch on the sand. Beachgoers are rarely concerned with those around them and are content to bake and swim unfettered by modest self-consciousness. I quickly saw the potential of the beach for observing the unmasked, unsheathed glory of the beach going public. The sketchbook for me is a place to explore observational drawing that starts with a compelling character type and then departs into a drawn editorial comment. On the beach, the commentary is often about the large bilious bodies and the overlooked absurdity of beach behavior resembling a kind of human zoo. The drawings are presented as they appear on the sketchbook page.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationTracey: Drawing and Visualisation Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • reportage drawing
  • the beach
  • practice as research


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