Tag: Pencil Drawing

Colored Pencil: Waiting for Nightfall by Anna Hammer.

They Can Be Moody, Too

The Depth of Colored Pencil I’ll admit that in the past I have been guilty of thinking of colored pencil art as colorful and bright and not necessarily able to be coupled with serious subjects or moody narratives. But that was my own bias. As I’ve spent time looking at sketchbooks of draftsmen creating colored…

Figure drawing by Rob Liberace

Make It Come Alive, But Not Like Frankenstein

I wholeheartedly believe that a drawing of a human figure should look like it has the potential for physical movement and action. Not a creepy, unnatural animation, but more of a direct relation to the actual human form. Our bodies are always on the verge of moving and repositioning. Sometimes it is a faint movement…

Drawing Basics: The Best Pencil?

Dan Gheno, a New York-based artist and teacher, introduced me to the Pitt oil-base sanguine pencil, and it is my favorite material to draw pencil sketches with. I like it because it has a nice warm tone reminiscent of the marks in some Renaissance and Classical drawings and because it is waxy enough to stay down on…

Got Five Minutes? Got a Drawing.

This five-minute drawing of a turpentine pot could benefit from a larger range of values. All work from students of Sigmund Abeles. You know how life can sometimes speed by and at other times crawl along at a snail’s pace? Well, drawing is that way too. There are pencil drawing techniques that are incredibly labor…

Adam by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel

The Agony and the Ecstasy

A few weeks ago an artist friend of mine rotated his wrist and made a wincing face after he had finished working on a quick pencil drawing, and it made me realize that drawing isn’t just fun and games. It can cause strain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, and back for many artists…

Is Grandma Holding a Moose Leg?

Brooklyn-based artist Allison Maletz doesn’t want to use watercolor in a traditional way. Although her work is representational and often figure-based, exploring themes of human connection and the quirky, often dysfunctional, “average American family,” she refuses to be bound by any rules about how to handle the paint. Nana Holding Purse & Leg, 39″ x…