Jordan Preparatory Sketch

I thought I might post one of these. I do a preparatory sketch before every painting. This is for a painting I'm starting this week of a model I just met, Jordan, who is very cool. I usually don't like the preparatory sketches very much – they're done less for planning and accuracy, and more for letting the model settle into the form of the pose that their body naturally wants to take, and for me to get to know them and figure out the emotions of the painting in specific detail. But I thought this one turned out pretty well, so here you go.

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About Daniel Maidman

Daniel Maidman was born in Toronto, Canada. He was raised in Toronto, Jerusalem, Washington, and Chicago.

Since attending college in North Carolina and Texas, Daniel Maidman has lived in Los Angeles and New York City. In Los Angeles, he set himself on a program to learn how to draw and paint the human figure. He attended life drawing workshops 2-3 times a week for eight years. As well, he spent two years working on an anatomical atlas based on human cadaver dissections in which he participated at Santa Monica College, under the guidance of Dr. Margarita Dell. Illustrations from his atlas are currently in use in the United States Army’s forensic field manual.

Since moving to New York, Daniel Maidman has sped up his painting schedule, while continuing to maintain his drawing skills through life drawing workshops at Spring Street Studio. Although he remains primarily self-taught, he has learned a good deal about color from conversations with Adam Miller.

Daniel Maidman’s other interests include filmmaking and writing.