Tag: Drawing

Portrait drawing of the Postman by Vincent Van Gogh.

Did He Have a Lust for Line?

Portrait Drawing & Vincent Van Gogh There are a few artists that I wouldn’t like to watch working. It is always addictive to see someone drawing in a sketchbook or painting in the studio. But after seeing what Van Gogh could do with simple line to create a portrait drawing, I would definitely put him…

Learning how to draw a nose over 20 weeks was a lesson in patience as well as skill. This drawing of a nose is by my instructor Darren Kingsley, made with graphite pencil.

Drawing a Nose for 20 Weeks…Really?!

Delayed Gratification with How to Draw a Nose As a student at Studio Incamminati, I was introduced to doing charcoal drawings in, for example, 60 seconds, five minutes or ten minutes. We did longer ones as well, but the emphasis early on was capturing the gesture of the human form, in one or a few…

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Shrink Your Painting–Does It Still Work?

What Makes Small Canvas Paintings Loom Large? I don’t mean literally shrink it, though small canvas paintings are proving more and more popular these days, but if you take a photo of your painting and reduce it to the size of a thumbnail and it still holds together compositionally, you’ve got a good piece on…

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The Hybrid Method of Painting and Drawing

Pastel Painting Landscapes — Tips for Success When I’m hiking or walking in the woods, my attention span is really short. I flit from activity to activity, sight to sight, just trying to take it all in. That’s why pastel painting is a perfect fit for me when I want to create art outdoors. I…

Female Posterior by Benjamin Shamback, 2005, charcoal, 30 x 20.

Best Paper for Charcoal Drawing

Artists have drawn on virtually every kind of paper every produced. All types of drawing paper have their own unique characteristics. Some papers, like Bristol board, are more difficult to erase from. Others, like newsprint, are not archival. How a draftsman chooses a paper most often reflects what the drawing is meant to be or…

The Three Graces by Patricia Hannaway, charcoal and chalk drawing.

If You Don’t Get Loose

Sketching As a Starting Point It’s tricky when an activity involves technique but is actually done best when you just get loose and let things happen naturally and effortlessly. Dancing is that way, and learning how to draw and sketching are, in part, that way too. There are a lot of things that you can…

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“TEXAS CHARM”

Drawing / Sketch”TEXAS CHARM” (by Jon Hul 2016) An original black & white graphite pencil drawing rendered on paper, measuring 20″ X 16″ (vertical). The beautiful model depict in the artwork is Brandy Lee. The time frame utilized in rendering the art took 6 days, from start to finish. By all who view the art,…

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Endless Bridges to Cross

Chris Weller’s Bridge Drawings of New York City Taking on icons is always tricky for an artist. That is why when I saw Chris Weller’s drawings of the bridges of New York City I took notice. As the artist told me, she put off drawing the Brooklyn Bridge again and again because she wasn’t sure…

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Watering Hole

Drawing / Sketch Well – what about Watering Hole? I like it (12 in. x 18 in., charcoal, pencil & conte on charcoal paper). Everyday brings new and unusual images to light. Enjoy it first for what it is, then look for what is hidden. Maybe you might “envision” something different then what I do?…

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Prima Ballerina

Drawing / Sketch Prima Ballerina is one of my early surrealistic drawings. It’s 14 in. X 17 in. I used charcoal, pencil and conte on charcoal paper. I began to develop my theory of the Whimsically Bizarre; combining strange replacements for body parts but carefully creating an artistic feel rather than an illustrative one. jacabo…