Fall 2011


4 Editor’s Note

7 Contributors

9 Sketchbook

24 Where to Study Drawing
A sponsored guide to some of the best educational programs available to artists.

36 Proportions of the Human Figure

by Dan Gheno
Learning how to see and manipulate the proportional divisions of the body can lead to more powerful and convincing figure drawings.

40 Tasting the Rainbow: The Explosively Colorful Drawings of Zach Johnsen

by Courtney Jordan
The mixed-media artwork of Zach Johnsen uses transformative bursts of color to jolt black-and-white everyman figures out of their daily routines.
52 Ingres: Lessons From a Master
A current exhibition gives a close look at the technique of one of the most revered artists in the history of drawing and provides an occasion to learn from his example.
58 Kerry Brooks: Small Drawings, Large Scope

by Naomi Ekperigin
This classically trained New York City artist 
creates portraits and figurative works that explore human relationships in a range of media, including graphite and colored pencil. In recent years, she’s found a way to continually challenge herself—and viewers—with intricate, small-scale drawings that demand a closer look.
68 Work

by Kenneth J. Procter

Master drawings depicting various types of labor reveal a multitude of experiences and perspectives. These drawings also remind us that the ways in which an artwork is composed and executed shape the ultimate meaning of the piece.
78 Drawing Fundamentals: The Art of Copying Drawings

by Jon deMartin

Copying drawings is one of the most challenging and revealing ways for artists to test themselves and further their abilities. In the first of two articles on this topic, we look at how copying has been taught throughout history and its influence on the artists who have practiced it.
88 Riding the Life Cycle: Drawings by Jason Bard Yarmosky

by John A. Parks

The carefully crafted drawings and paintings of this young artist cause viewers to reflect on their opinions and assumptions about youth and age.

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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.