Thursday, February 28, 2008


A last minute decision found me back on a plane to meet up with my siblings in Denver. We haven't all been together for a long time. I will be turning around and going back to Denver next Tuesday to teach a workshop in Littleton next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I printed out a number of photos of George James which I took in the workshop so I would have something to work on during the trip. I choose to draw with a pen so I cannot erase. Each drawing is an attempt to correct the errors I noticed in the last drawing. I like to draw over and over rather than erase and erase. This way you have to redraw everything and consider every line in relation to the whole. You can see how each drawing gets more a more accurate likeness.

While I was in Denver, we went to the bookstore so I could get an Artist Magazine for my sisters and brother. While I was there I discovered another drawing book by Robert Kaupelis called "Learning to Draw..A creative approach". It has some wonderful drawing exercises plus examples of master drawings and student drawings. If you are struggling with drawing or want to do something more interesting than these "atelier" type of images, you will fall in love with this book. I can't wait to try some of the ideas.

Tomorrow is the last day of the month. I will post the paintings people sent me recently and reveal the next challenge.


Nava said...
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Nava said...

Those are great!!! One wonders what have y'all done to this poor man at this workshop that he seems so distressed. Must be all that razzmatazz everyone insisting on doing rather than painting flat ;-) He seems to think "what a bunch of nutters!".

We could have a show themed "George James: The Man Behind The hands". I'll post mine tomorrow.

RHCarpenter said...

I thought he seemed a bit distressed in these sketches, too! I sure hope the class didn't drive him to distraction :)

lynsieffert said...

I plan on following your blog on a reg. basis. Only learned about you after seeing yr. selection in Artists' mag.
I understand the premise behind yr. daily discipline. Perhaps you'll inspire me to do so again. I too, am attracted to the figurative (out-of-current-style)Mostly appreciate yr. inclusion of hands, which communicate as much character as faces. But what I love most is your selection of models w/ character.

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