This post is the first in a series of oil painting project tutorials derived from coursework completed at Academie Noord in Brasschaat, Belgium. Some art projects are designed to prove a point. This one most certainly qualifies. My painting instructor asked us students to find online images of ugly porcelain figures. She advised us to keep things simple, and to […]
I began this portrait of Damiano at the same time as the Portrait of Isabella. I used the same process and techniques, but for many reasons, this small scale oil painting proved much more challenging in so very many ways. Let’s start from the beginning. I created this very quick profile sketch from life last year. […]
This little oil painting has been in the works for many months. It started with a profile sketch about two years ago, then a second round of profile sketches last year. I decided to turn the sketches into a small-scale portrait this past January. I drew inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci’s La Scapigliata (Head of […]
Sweet, a little bit shy, and still in wonder at the world. Celeste is a little girl full of life.She came over to sit for a portrait sketch the other day, and left me with a few adorable photos to work into a full drawing. I choose this one of her blowing dandelion seeds because […]
I had the great pleasure of meeting Esraa while teaching art at the American School in Egypt. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also kind, intelligent, and interesting to talk to. Although she wasn’t a teacher, she taught us all so much. I tried to capture not only her likeness, but also her wonderful […]
Here’s a drawing from a little sketching session that I had at home yesterday. It’s a quick portrait focusing on line and proportion in the face. I love high contrast in sketches (and in general), so I used an extra-soft 9B pencil for strong, dark lines.
This drawing took a while to finish… partly due to the size, scale, and complexity of the subject (eyes), and partly because the holidays and several sick family members interrupted. The upside of “slow” is that you can see the progress as the drawing slowly builds up and changes over time. I thought it would […]
The secret of getting kids to sit still? Ask them to draw you a picture. I made these quick sketches of my loves’ profiles while they were busy creating their own worlds of cars and unicorns on paper. I had to do a little improvisation on my son’s, since his sitting still limit is about […]