Drawing, Fall 2012



Where to Study Drawing
A sponsored guide to some of the best educational programs.

Drawing Fundamentals: Fundamentals of Proportion—The Head
by Jon deMartin
Accurately capture the head and face at the beginning of your drawing process using these straightforward measuring strategies.

Charles Kanwischer: Recording Change
by Naomi Ekperigin
For this Ohio artist, graphite offers the perfect means of exploring the fragility of his surroundings. 

Behind the Scenes: Sketching With Pencil, Paint, and Pixel
by Stephen Cefalo
Sketches can serve numerous purposes in an artist’s practice. Here, I break down six ways I use sketches to create artwork.

Adding Excitement & Vigor to Your Figure Drawings
by Dan Gheno
Learn how to instill a sense of movement and life in your work, make the most of every drawing session, and stay excited about the process. 

Paper, Pencil, and Beyond
by Courtney Jordan
In the hands of Kiki Smith, one of America’s most prominent artists, drawing is an act that incorporates representation, manipulation, and embellishment, all of which combine to transmit the artist’s creative energy beyond the page.

Mastery on Paper
by John A. Parks
For a crash course in some of the highest achievements in the history of drawing, look to a current exhibition of one of the world’s great collections.

Spaces That Hang in the Balance
by Austin R. Williams
Phyllis Trout takes full advantage of the possibilities of monotype to construct compelling combinations of the real and imagined. 

Surrealist Slide Show
A current exhibition of Surrealist drawings reveals a large body of work that is as strange and confrontational as you would expect but also solidly grounded in fundamental principles of drawing.


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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.