Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon are skilled artists, inspiring
instructors, and just really kind people. If you've ever been in a
workshop with either of them, you are lucky enough to know what I mean.
In watching them work, you get a sense of the sensitivity and
thoughtfulness with which they craft their paintings and drawings. They
share their experiences as working artists and motivate those around
them with the wealth of knowledge they share.
Burdick and Lyon have done us all a good turn by creating online video lessons on several art topics including figure drawing and portrait drawing, which I wanted to highlight for all of you.
Drawing a face is a little like reading a map. And no, not the cool
Indiana Jones map where the red line draws itself to the destination
and ‘X’ marks the spot. I wish! It is more that when learning how to draw people,
there are a few “signposts” on the face and rules of thumb about facial
feature measurements that can steer you in the right direction so you
don’t get lost when drawing faces, as I often have. Here are a few that
I learned from artist and writer Dan Gheno that I wanted to share with
Artists create for a lot of reasons--ego, instinct,
livelihood--but author and painter Margaret Krug creates for a very unique
reason: to enfold us in the intimacy and delicacy of her personal artistic
vision. Often working on a small scale, sometimes on a surface no larger than a
postcard, Krug paints tender and moving works that are tied to her own memories
and the beloved people in her life.