Drawing, Winter 2010

On the Cover:
Untitled (detail)
by Mark Tennant, 2009, charcoal, 24 x 18.
Collection the artist.


Editor's Note

Where to Study Drawing: A Sponsored
Guide to Some of the Best Educational

Learning From the Sketchbooks of a
Modern-Day Leonardo


Add and Subtract Charcoal for Painterly Drawings
by M. Stephen Doherty
Pennsylvania artist Jen Hagen uses medium vine charcoal to build up and refine layers of tone in her drawings, and then she wipes away the charcoal to establish shapes that are lighter in value.

Drawing Fundamentals: Modeling Gradations
by Jon deMartin
By modeling gradated values on shapes such as cylinders, artists can draw realistic forms that turn in space.

The Quill Pen: How to Draw With the Tool of the Masters
by John A. Parks
Both Old Masters and contemporary artists have taken advantage of the wonderfully sensitive marks made by this classic drawing implement.

Beauty, Balance, & Accuracy
by Austin R. Williams
Mark Tennant’s drawings evidence both rigorous academic standards and sensitivity to the nuances of the figure.

A Colored Pencil Artist Emerges
by Austin R. Williams
Holly Bedrosian has found success with self-portraits and drawings of hands that embrace, rather than hide, imperfections.

Making Quick Progress With a Confident Hand
by Bob Bahr 
Although Jean Marcellino’s success in drawing and painting seems quickly attained, it owes much to achievements in her life and in her previous career.

Learning From the Sketchbooks of a Modern-Day Leonardo
by Allison Malafronte
Michael Mentler has filled dozens of sketchbooks with detailed drawings of the human form as a way to continually grow and develop as a draftsman. Here the artist shares a sampling of those sketches, as well as insightful notes on his process.

Interior Views
by Kenneth J. Procter 
Artists can use interior spaces to represent everything from a narrative of historical decline to intimate scenes of private life.

Agnolo Bronzino: The Drawings of an Italian Master 
by John A. Parks
A new exhibition provides fresh insights into the work of a great master of Florentine Mannerism.


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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.