a little break through

Figure drawing was really enjoyable and I came away with several really nice drawings. These came out more realistic than expected, but I’m thrilled by the looseness and automatic proportion without even trying. I was amazed because I tried a new approach, starting drawings on toned paper by quickly blocking out the highlights in fairly bold str…

abstracting from the figure

That was close to the name of a class I took at NY Art Students League - sessions consisted of all 5-minute poses with a clothed model. I loved much of what I did in it, but I unfortunately got overwhelmed in packing for my move back to LA and didn’t save any of the drawings. why??? Anyway, today I feel like a light went on and I went in the rig…

water soluble media!

Short pose sessions alternate between male/female every week, and I brought water soluble graphite sticks this week. So some areas are applied dry with graphite, charcoal or white chalk, and I also laid down some values by mixing some graphite in water and painting it onto the paper. I don’t have a good enough grasp of the medium to do manage a …

another figure drawing

Another week of Short Pose, and I’ve decided instead of focusing on proportions, focus on quick, loose drawing and let the proportions gradually return on their own. Here’s my favorite from this week, a 10-minute pose. As I noticed the distortion I decided to just go with it. I love this one. …

transition

Figure drawing has been an almost constant practice throughout my life. After dry artistic periods, drawing from a live model has been almost invariably where I’d begin again, to get the gears turning, experience being ‘in the zone’, that space where you can’t formulate words to speak, analyze, think. Instead - look closely, and draw what …

Marley as a Lion

I moved here, to NYC to be close to my first grandchild so have had a ton of distractions, between this city and my grandson, from spending time at art. But I've picked it up again and this was a sort of fantasy portrait I did of my grandson Marley communicating his concept of “lion” before he could speak! A lion was a puppet that ran after a …