This post is the second in a series of oil painting project tutorials derived from coursework completed at Academie Noord in Brasschaat, Belgium. In the 1960s, German artist Gerhard Richter began compiling a series of newspaper clippings and photos of everyday life. He arranged them onto loose sheets of paper in an album he named Atlas. Gerhard Richter’s life and […]
Our times are populated by mass imagery, mostly intended to shock, challenge, push boundaries. The pictures are loud. They are confrontational. They can be disturbing. With this figure drawing study, I wanted to turn away from such extremes and instead to explore stillness, subtlety, and modesty in the female form. I found by Anthony Ryder to be an excellent resource in beginning […]
A snowglobe from New York City, a beret from Paris, a water canteen from the Grand Canyon. When most people think of souvenirs, they think of tchotchkes or the clichéd items that embody a place. Apparently we’re a unique family. On our last trip to Italy, we found this stick on a short hike through […]
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 […]