Drawing, Summer 2009


On the Cover:
Child of the Sky From Tibet (detail)
by Susan Lyon, 2005, Conté, 18 x 14.
Private collection.


Editor's Note

New & Notable

Understanding Anatomy: Hair

The Ancient Art of Nakha Chitra


The Structure and Surface Forms of the Hand
by Valerie L. Winslow
The staff at Drawing were impressed by Valerie L. Winslow's comprehensive and technical new book, Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement. We asked her if we could excerpt the chapter on hands, and she graciously agreed.

The Ancient Art of Nakha Chitra
by Austin R. Williams
Using no tools other than his fingernails, Suhas Tavkar practices the rare and ancient art of nail drawing—embossing detailed bas-reliefs in paper.

Drawing Fundamentals: Value Basics
by Jon deMartin
By learning a few of the universal truths about value and planes, you can model any natural form much more easily.

Visionary Constructions
by John A. Parks
Using tracing paper and simple linear drawings, revered artist George Tooker plotted out his iconic compositions.

Tension and Abstraction in Realism (Available Online)
by Lisa Dinhofer
Catherine Murphy’s provocative and tense graphite drawings defy category, leaving the viewer wondering if she is tightly rendering abstraction or abstracting realism.

The Fascinating Roots of Indian Drawing
by John A. Parks
A gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, reveals the rich pleasures of a bygone and distant world.

Understanding Anatomy: Hair
by David Jon Kassan
Hair seems to be a challenge for both beginners and some experienced artists. A quick anatomy overview can help you understand hair on a micro level and give you strategies on how to recreate it realistically in a drawing.

Making Careful Drawings in Conté and Pastel
by Allison Malafronte
Susan Lyon's pieces in Conté, charcoal, and pastel pencil are as painterly, emotive, and skillful as her finished oils, reinforcing the notion that drawing as the foundation for other media is just the beginning of the story.

Fleshing Out Leonardo's Grotesque Heads
by Bob Bahr
Georgia artist Jesse Payne is using Leonardo da Vinci's odd sketches of unusual faces as a jumping-off point for painstakingly rendered and imagined graphite drawings.

Effective Use of Color
by Kenneth J. Procter
Whether simple or complex, humorous, symbolic, or mysterious, color plays an essential role in many master drawings.


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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.