The Craft of Hand Drawing

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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Moving from an Initial Sketch to Compositional Value/Color Studies

Notan and Compositional Rhythms Each painter uses different approaches for communicating an idea or feeling by means of

Scribbles of Figures in an Environment

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.

1/3rd-Scale Detailed Skeleton Model

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

A More Grounded Drawing Experience

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 […]

Dancing Figure for Survey Painting

The dancing figure that I had drawn last year found its way into a painting that I recently completed.

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 […]