Drawing, Spring 2009


On the Cover:
Anna Marie (detail)
by Fred Hatt, 2008, aquarelle crayon,
271⁄2 x 193⁄4.


Editor's Note

New & Notable

The Grand Central Academy of Art:
A Collective Vision for a Classical

Depicting Troubling Events


A Collective Vision for a Classical Revival
by Allison Malafronte
What started out as a small atelier in Brooklyn has grown into an expansive academy in New York City, offering training from a cadre of visionaries leading the charge in the classical-art revival.

Drawing Logic: Choose the Best Surface for Your Drawing
by Bob Bahr
Here's a quick rundown of the various types of papers available to draftsmen.

Depicting Troubling Events Artistically
by John A. Parks
Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin digs beyond the loaded subject matter of her black-and-white wartime images to present the essential emotions.

Learning the Essential Facts of Foreshortening (Available Online)
by Dan Gheno
Here are a few basic concepts of artistic perspective you absolutely need to know, whether your intentions are expressive or realist-minded.

Finding the Right Sketchbook
The great variety of sketchbooks offered in art stores allows a draftsman to find the perfect melding of form and function. Here are a few of the better offerings available.

Drawing Fundamentals: The Sphere
by Jon deMartin
In the last installment, we discussed the cylinder. Next we tackle the sphere and the ovoid, two forms that should be thoroughly studied to aid in the depiction of naturalistic objects of all kinds—including the human figure.

Making Lines Move
by John A. Parks
New York City artist Fred Hatt makes powerful drawings that are as much performances as objects.
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A Return to Drawing by Hand at MICA
by Bob Bahr
At the Maryland Institute College of Art, fundamental drawing skills have long meshed with modern methods and pragmatic approaches to art careers.

Understanding Anatomy: The Skull (Available Online)
by David Jon Kassan
The bones of the skull offer enough information on a person's facial structure that it is possible for forensic artists and scientists to reconstruct the accurate surface appearance of an individual's face. For this reason, it is essential to understand the large bony masses of the skull and how they relate to the proportions of the individual model.

What Wilderness Means in a Drawing
by Kenneth J. Procter
In the hands of draftsmen, the wild landscape can represent anything from exile to ecstastic connection with God. Here’s a look at how 10 artists depicted the wilderness in their drawings.


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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.