Drawing Winter 2009



On the Cover:
Study of Grace (unfinished, detail)
by David Jon Kassan, 2008–2009, charcoal and white chalk on toned paper, 14 x 11. Collection the artist. Image courtesy Gallery Henoch, New York, New York.


Editor's Note

New & Notable

Back on Earth:
The Sketchbooks of James Jean

Raphael and the Invention
of the Sublime

Learning From Leonardo’s
The Vitruvian Man


The Importance of Drawing in the Fiber Arts
by Karen Stanger Johnston
Fiber artists use a wide variety of methods and materials to create diverse works of art, but for four artists working today drawing is an important part of the creative process. Diane Simpson, Kate Harding, Pamela Wiley, and Dorothy Caldwell have different backgrounds and different approaches to making art, but for all of them drawing is an integral part of their work, whether as a preliminary step, as part of the final product, or both.

Drawing Fundamentals: The Cylinder
by Jon deMartin
Halfway between the basic geometric forms of the cube and the sphere lies the cylinder, a common shape in the human body. Understanding how to correctly depict a cylinder will greatly ease and enhance the rendering of most natural objects.

Learning From Leonardo’s The Vitruvian Man
by Anthony Panzera
Anthony Panzera, a painter, draftsman, and teacher at Hunter College, in New York City, wrote a book about Leonardo’s notebooks for which he drew original illustrations (inspired by the Renaissance master’s proportional theories) to accompany his thoughts and research. He agreed to let Drawing magazine excerpt part of his unpublished book. 

Understanding Anatomy: Lips (Available Online)
by David Jon Kassan
Understanding the way in which the muscles of the mouth express the emotion of your subject is crucial in understanding how to capture that emotion on your paper. In this article I will touch upon the basic shape, form concepts, and muscular structure of the mouth and lips so that you can have these concepts and loose guide­lines in mind when you go to draw from a live model.

Concepts Grounded in Concrete Sketches
by Bob Bahr
Multimedia artist Henry Dean makes conceptual art that owes its soul to drawings from his sketchbook.

Back on Earth: The Sketchbooks of James Jean
by John A. Parks
The dazzling productions of this successful artist are based on sure draftsmanship and acute observation.
To see an online exclusive gallery of work by this artist, click here.

More Than Likeness
by Kenneth J. Procter
Facial expressions such as smiles and furrowed eyebrows give character to the face, but pose, composition, color, and technique make the whole head expressive.

Raphael and the Invention of the Sublime
by John A. Parks
This Renaissance giant used drawings in a wide variety of media to build his compositions with enormous care and thought.  

Drawing on the Dark Side
by Linda S. Price
New Jersey artist Roberto Osti believes that art should stimulate and take the viewer by surprise.


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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.