Henry Moore takes a literal approach todefining where the boundaries of shapes are, while retaining a comparableessence of waves through his lines to Gathorne-Hardy. I found a connection withthe way that he illustrates the movement of the sheep, as it creates an illusionof substance and authenticity. “Drawing itself is a part of learning: learningto use one’s eyes to see more intensely” what he has said here is that if theart of drawing isn’t immediately apparent to you, you can learn to unlock theability to see deeper forms within the objects. Being an abstract artist bytrade, the change to a more representational form of working resulted in veryaccurate and defined shapes, as he has an impeccable degree of observationalskills developed over years of professional work.
He said referring to thesheep in his notes in the ‘Henry Moore’s Sheep Sketchbook; “At first I saw themas rather shapeless balls of wool with a head and four legs. Then I began torealise that underneath all that wool was a body, which moved in its own way,and that each sheep had its own individual character”.