Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Me and Andy, and Andy

This sketch is about 7" x 7" and is done with wet watercolor pencils on Stonehenge "Kraft" paper. The original is a glazed terracotta panel entitled Madonna and Child with Cherubim, made by Andrea della Robbia circa 1485, and donated to the NGA in the 1930's by Andrew Mellon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Character and Personality

Begin by selecting people whose movements are lively and animated. Don't draw just anyone who crosses your line of vision. Instead, single out those who strike you as being interesting characters. Observe a single figure; take him or her apart mentally and imagine what kind of a person he or she is. Then decide whether or not you like the look of the person. Whatever your reaction, accept it and use it as the basis of your illustration. This approach will enable you to effectively define and convey the character and personality of your subject.
So says Paul Hogarth in Drawing People (1971), Chapter 3: Drawing People in Public Places, p. 23. The image is from that chapter and is entitled Mid-morning tea at Bentley's, Westmorland Street, Dublin 1969 and is delightful.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Me too.

Wednesday's 'Daily Drawing' from Chris Piascik. Says and shows it all for me, particularly that yelp exiting the "I". Yowzer.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pot o' Cranesbill

This is about 5" x 7", done with wc pencils and gouache, on Stonehenge "Kraft" paper. Simultaneous musings are blurred out. "Do not adjust your set."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Map Art Extraordinaire

Isn't this great?

See more of Ingrid Dabringer's map art here.

She explains it here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Barnes Salute (and RIP?)

Here is an interactive and narrated tour of four rooms in the Barnes Collection in Philly PA, by the NYTimes. It's one of the most remarkable museums around. It closed last month, in preparation for it's move to its new digs downtown.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nose Swan in Kansas

This is about 5" x 7", ink and watercolor pencil and gouache on S&B Delta paper.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Punto Com

This is about 5" x 5", pen and ink and gouache on Stonehenge "Kraft"
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