On the Cover: Dawn (detail, reversed) by Dirk Dzimirsky, 2009, charcoal on canvas, 40 x 55. Collection the artist.
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Where to Study Drawing: A Sponsored Guide to Some of the Best Education Programs Here’s a brief review of some of the strongest drawing programs open to artists of all levels of experience and styles of expression.
Finding the Mythic in the Mundane by John A. Parks Veteran figurative artist Sidney Goodman builds potent images from the stuff of daily life.
The Expressiveness of the Human Back by Kenneth J. Procter Nude or draped, the back has played a dramatic role in figurative art.
How Photos and Photorealism Can Be Freeing by John A. Parks Dirk Dzimirsky uses charcoal on canvas to create drawings that are both intensely real and very much alive.
Drawing Fundamentals: Modeling Planes(Available Online) by Jon deMartin Objects look convincing when a draftsman models the form correctly. Here, we take it step by step to ensure accuracy and a solid foundation.
The Power of Positive (and Negative) Thought When Drawing the Figure by Dan Gheno Learn how to use positive and negative shapes to solve practical problems of proportion and volume in your figure drawings.
Express What’s Universal by Bob Bahr Artist and instructor James Langley finds that slightly idealizing the figures he draws helps them convey universal traits that connect with the viewer.
Graphite in the Hands of an Indisputable Master by Ephraim Rubenstein Whether at a court ball or at a burial, on the street or in a moving train, the German draftsman Adolph Menzel (1815–1905) exploited every opportunity that presented itself to record on paper whatever caught his eye.