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BrianRiley

About BrianRiley

Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.  

Drawing, Winter 2013

Choosing ColorA sponsored guide to colored pencils. To Sketch and To SculptDon Gale creates sculptures and drawings that relish the possibilities for drama and movement inherent in the human figure. We sat down with the artist to talk about the role that drawing plays in his practice, how he captures the gesture of a model,…

Drawing, Fall 2012

    Where to Study DrawingA sponsored guide to some of the best educational programs. Drawing Fundamentals: Fundamentals of Proportion—The Headby Jon deMartinAccurately capture the head and face at the beginning of your drawing process using these straightforward measuring strategies. Charles Kanwischer: Recording Changeby Naomi EkperiginFor this Ohio artist, graphite offers the perfect means of…

American Artist: 75 Greatest Artists of All Time

  25 Artists of Tomorrow 18 Casey Baugh 20 Aleah Chapin 22 Sean Cheetham 24 Kim Cogan 26 Kerry Dunn 28 Ben Fenske 30 Jeremy Geddes 32 Adrian Gottlieb 33 Amaya Gurpide 34 David Jon Kassan 36 Michael Klein 38 Kurt Knobelsdorf 39 Maria Kreyn 40 Brad Kunkle 41 Jeremy Lipking 42 Jeremy Mann 43…

American Artist Magazine, November 2012

FEATURES The Basis for BeautyWe recently asked instructors at Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia, to try some new drawing and painting grounds. Their experiences are not meant to endorse a particular product but instead give you new criteria to consider the next time you’re at your local art-supply store. The Renaissance Portrait: Donatello to BelliniBy John A.…

American Artist Magazine, October 2012

FEATURES Realism ReduxBy Adam Van DorenA publicity photograph taken more than 50 years ago to promote an exhibition by fledgling artists now stands as a testament to the enduring power of realist art. Power: The Paintings of George BellowsBy John A. ParksA major traveling retrospective showcases one of the great American masters. Far From Utopia:…

Drawing, Summer 2012

  Product Guide: Sketchbooks, Papers, & Drawing Implements Drawing Fundamentals: Drawing on White and Toned PaperBy Jon deMartinToned paper allows artists to achieve stunning effects. In this article, we lay out basic principles about how to match your drawing and shading methods to the tone of your paper. Drawings From Renaissance Veniceby John A. ParksA…

American Artist Magazine, September 2012

FEATURES Where to Study Art: A sponsored guide to some of the best educational programs. Black Mountain College: An Experiment in Artby John A. ParksBlack Mountain College survived for only 23 years—
during which time its average enrollment was less than 50 students—yet its experimental atmosphere had a profound impact on the evolution of American art.…

Workshop: Professional Practices

6Editor’s Note 10The Well-Equipped Studio Mastering Materials and Techniques 18    Tools of the Trade: BrushesKnowing what brushes to purchase can be a daunting task, given the volume of brush types, sizes, and manufacturers on the market. Here is a brief introduction to some of the factors that you should keep in mind when selecting the…

The Beginning of the Affair

We had a run of some pretty severe thunderstorms in the New York City area recently, and as a father of three, that's terrifying. Nothing can be worse than three kids under the age of five locked up in a house for a day, especially when the thermometer is telling them they should be running…

Drawing, Spring 2012

  Choose Your Own AdventureBy Naomi EkperiginAron Wiesenfeld’s figurative drawings and paintings are rich with meaning and wonderfully ambiguous, inviting viewers to create their own narratives and feel a sense of kinship with the artist’s young protagonists. A Many-Sided Approach to the FigureBy Austin R. WilliamsDan Thompson advocates an artistic process that encompasses many strategies,…

American Artist Magazine, July/August 2012

FEATURES On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Clubby Michael ZakianA current exhibition lets landscape lovers see many sides of a famously captivating location.Abstract Reactionby Eric SutphinCalifornia artist Elmer Bischoff used a foundation of abstraction to help become a pioneer for a new movement in figurative art. Novorealism: Honoring the Human Elementby Naomi…

It's Not What You Know–It's Who You Know

I've come to realize that that old saying "It's not always what you know, but who you know," is spot on. Even at American Artist magazine. Luckily, "we" know a lot of people, and as a result we have remarkable access to some of the greatest artists and works of art out there. And that's…