Monday, April 21, 2014
I have a few pen and ink studies to show this week. These are quick drawings that I created based off the old masters. Why create master copies you might ask? It was the artist Ingres who said, “ Make copies, young man, many copies. You can only become a good artist by copying the masters.” Such artist as Leonardo, Raphael, and Degas did this type of training.
Over the last few weeks I have been looking at a lot of the old master drawings from Rembrandt to Michelangelo. As I survey the strength of their work I realize how effortless they make the line look, brilliant halftones and subtle shadows. It helps me understand and recognize what was going through the master’s head in hopes of understanding nature and anatomy as they did.
I have been doing master studies for years and I have found it strengthens my own work and helps me understand what I am trying to bring out in my own work. The subject matter is different but the strength of the line and composition is so important.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Drawing is a fundamental skill in the design process and is the key tool that every artist must embrace to understand how light, form, and gradations work. As artist we train in several different media trying to represent complex three- dimensional forms, the paradigm of which is the human figure.
In my class demonstrations I reference the Old Masters and their dedication and devotion to understand the world in light and shadow Here are a few of my latest ink drawings using the techniques of the Old Masters. Sometimes I use sanguine pencil, the three- color pencil on toned paper technique known as trios crayons, and pen and brush (with ink and watercolor) wash sketching; the subjects always involve the figure, and trying to capture the essence of the form and the beauty of simple line work.