Providing remote hand drawing lessons to a group of ten year olds has its challenges. It’s not easy conveying the speed and flow of an arm movement when you’re looking at a blurry and sometimes glitchy video feed.
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Notan and Compositional Rhythms Each painter uses different approaches for communicating an idea or feeling by means of
Here’s a selection of scribble drawings that I’m working on. These sketches are done from memory. The compositions are completely unplanned, and grow out of a process of “choreographed scribbles”. I keep scribbling until I can identify the potential figures, landscape elements, and other objects.
A WONDERFUL WAY TO STUDY THE HUMAN FIGURE I just purchased a very good quality model of the human skeleton. The model is designed to be movable, and was created by a painter from the West Coast. The proportions of the skeleton are
Figure Drawings and Paintings on Exhibit at the Roost Gallery in New Paltz: November 14th through December 7th There’s a touching set of documentaries about a community of carpet weavers in the Isfahan and Arak regions of Iran 1. These weavers sit side by side at a large loom. They work together on the same […]
The dancing figure that I had drawn last year found its way into a painting that I recently completed.
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 […]
How can composition in general — and compositional geometry in particular — help artists express universal human ideas and feelings in specific pictorial scenes?
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.
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