Drawing, Winter 2012


4 Editor’s Note

7 Contributors

8 Sketchbook

22 New & Notable

24    Drawing the Inner Life
by Michael Gormley

Steven Assael’s figure drawings range from classical studies to ornately costumed contemporary figures. But they all speak to the power of drawing from life, which allows artists to access a world of dreams, memories, and associations.   

36    Qualities of Line: Contour, Rhythm, and Weight
by Juliette Aristides

In this excerpt from her new book, Juliette Aristides explains how artists can use subtle qualities of line to help create engaging, realistic forms.

The Heavens in Black and White

by Austin R. Williams
Donna Levinstone’s pastel drawings meditate on the timeless and sometimes terrifying beauty of life.

50    Drawing Fundamentals Copying Drawings: Methods and Materials
by Jon deMartin

To get the most out of copying exercises, artists should make sure to
select their materials and choose their method of shading strategically.
Here, we present advice for copying ranging from basic rules of drawing
to more advanced concepts that have been taught for centuries.   

64    Lessons From a Drawing Book
by Kenneth J. Procter 

The drawings that we often come across in textbooks and drawing manuals are there for a reason. Whether we want to learn about chiaroscuro, line, negative space, or perspective, these great drawings have much to teach.


Anatomical Drawings: Setting the Parameters to Achieve a Timeless Vision

by Sabin Howard

Early in my career I completed a series of anatomical studies that still guides my efforts to produce unique, modern sculptures in the Renaissance tradition.  

86    Infinite Jest: Six Centuries of Visual Humor
by John A. Parks

An exhibition spanning more than 500 years reveals a long history of hilarity, ferocious satire, and a wealth of good humor.

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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.