Colored Pencils and Exploding Heads: Welcome to the Fall Issue of Drawing

7 Nov 2011

Kinder Love by Jason Bard Yarmosky, 2011, pencil drawing, 18 x 24. Frontal Study of Naked Man by Leonardo, 1503- 09, pen and ink drawing, 9 1/4 x 5 3/4. Looking East by Kerry Brooks, colored pencil drawing.
Kinder Love
by Jason Bard Yarmosky,
2011, pencil drawing, 18 x 24.
Frontal Study of Naked
Man
by Leonardo, 1503-
09, pen and ink drawing,
9 1/4 x 5 3/4.
Looking East
by Kerry Brooks,
colored pencil drawing.
I'm excited to report that the fall issue of Drawing is here—it hits newsstands November 8 and is now available at the Artist Daily store. This time around we have a great mix of stories about how to draw the figure, how to draw in colored pencil, and what the Old Masters can teach you. I think every artist will find something to learn--I know I did.

Here's a taste of a few of the articles in this issue. If you'd like to get the full stories, you can order your copy of Drawing. Or subscribe and let Drawing introduce you to new, inspiring artists all year long.

Drawing magazine, Fall 2011 cover
This issue's cover features a beautiful and slightly mysterious colored pencil drawing by Kerry Brooks, and inside the magazine, Kerry offers a step-by-step demonstration of her colored pencil process. This article is a must for anyone who draws with colored pencil, works in miniature, or likes self-portraits.

The magazine also features a detailed article by Dan Gheno, one of our resident figure-drawing experts, who explains how you can use knowledge of human proportions to improve your figure drawing. One of the things I like best about this article is that Dan doesn't just throw out a bunch of measurements to memorize ("one figure equals eight heads," et cetera). Instead, he explains the logic behind a few of the most important measurements and proportional systems, which can be easily learned and adapted to your individual needs. Very useful.

And if you like classical draftsmanship, or if you're the sort of artist who carries a sketchbook at all times, this issue's installment of Drawing Fundamentals is for you. The article discusses the practice of copying, a tradition that has been taught in art schools for some 300 years. The article is full of images reproduced from historical drawing textbooks, and you can practice your copying right from the pictures in the magazine. You can even copy them right on the margins of the magazine pages-at least, that's what one of the editors here did when she was proofreading the article-she ended up using it to help her practice drawing eyeballs and eyebrows.

More to look for in this issue

  • An interview with an artist who uses his grandparents as his models
  • An article about what we can learn from one of the greatest drawers of all time: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
  • A historical article about depictions of peasants and laborers. (It features three of my personal favorite artists-read the article and take a guess which three they are.)

So check out the fall issue of Drawing. And after you do, let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I'd love to know what you think.

Happy reading, happy sketching,

Austin

Editor / Drawing Magazine

 


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