Dancing Figure

I’ve started working on a drawing and value study for a small, monochromatic figure painting. I draw a lot, but it’s been a long while since I’ve painted anything. The overall pose was taken from a blurry photo that I found online. From there I did a compositional study, and then an anatomical study.

Demonstration Drawing

Here’s a time lapse video of me drawing my hand (as seen in a mirror). The actual drawing took about an hour. One reservation I have about posting these kind of videos is that they risk giving the impression that drawing from life is a quick and easy process. In reality, there are years of […]

Expression through Composition — Gérôme’s Duel After the Masquerade

How can composition in general — and compositional geometry in particular — help artists express universal human ideas and feelings in specific pictorial scenes?

Julian Lesson with Durer’s Perspective Grid

For the past eight Thursdays I’ve been helping our neighbor’s thirteen year old son, Julian, to develop his observational drawing skills. In an age where anyone can take a photograph of anything in their environment with their iPhone, it seems to be increasingly rare to find a young person who has an interest in directly […]


This is a quick portrait of one of my favorite live models. There was a cast shadow behind her head, which for compositional reasons, I photoshopped out. I’ll have to go back into the painting, and adjust this cast shadow color to something a bit more subtle.

Benlliure Sketch

Got to visit my parents and sister in Spain this past summer. Here’s a quick study that I made of Mariano Benlliure’s bust of Lucrecia Arana, at the Museu de Belles Arts de València.

Geometry as Understructure for Composition

I think that it’s important to emphasize that, even though I use geometric points, lines and planes to study the visual compositions that I include in this blog, the compositions themselves are not necessarily created using geometry. Someone can create a strong design without picking up a compass or straight edge.