Bob Bahr talks about his favorite pencil and asks readers for their opinions.
Last week we talked about sparsely marked drawings, so it only makes sense that today we consider drawings in which nearly every area is marked.
Drawing in ink can force an artist to either slow down and make very careful marks, or do the opposite--to ignore the permanence of the marks and make them freely. What does pen-and-ink do for you? Let us know by posting a comment.
As Steve Doherty pointed out in a recent blog post, it's quite helpful to depict the same scene twice. I find this is very true in drawing, for several reasons ...
Drawing Day 2009 was such a popular event on the American Artist website that we decided to have regular, themed drawing days for our readers. The first one is scheduled for July 4. Draw something that represents why you love your house, your land, your state, your country, your world. Draw something that symbolizes your current roots.
Digital art isn't new. But when a friend told me that people are now
creating art on their iPhones, I imagined that the art wouldn't be
anything remarkable. Then David Kassan emailed me an example that he said he sketched very quickly from previous studies.
We're pretty passionate about drawing at the magazine, so it's nice
to come across other people who are as dedicated to draftsmanship and
expressive drawing as we are. The folks at the Drawing Day project
certainly fall into this category.
For the second year, Mick Gow
and his staff are urging everyone to execute a drawing on a given
day—this year it's Saturday, June 6—and post it online somewhere. We think that's a fine idea. Here are a couple of ways you can participate ...