Friday, March 28, 2014

Gesture Drawing

Five minute poses are a great way to practice seeing the whole. There is no time to get caught up in detail. This type of sketch helps one's skills in observation but there is always something beautiful in expressing the essential gesture.




Monday, March 24, 2014

Figure Drawing

Repose drawing in graphite from a 2 hour life drawing session.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drawing from life

Hands with fan from life.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drawing the nude figure

This quick drawing was fun to capture Caitlin's pose. This was under 10 minutes so the importance was to grasp what was essential.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My portrait of Boris Karloff will be on his official website shortly. I will post the updated site soon.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Figure Drawing

Line and wash- Caitlin standing

Saturday, March 8, 2014

This charcoal sketch started as a 5 min study without drapery. I added these details after the pose ended.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life Drawing-Gesture

Gesture...Expressing whats essential.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pencil Portrait

"Bob" Portrait done on a midtone paper with white highlights.



Saturday, January 25, 2014

New T-Shirt Designs

Hello everyone,

Its been a while since my last post, I have been a bit busy but I am glad to be back.

I will be making some limited T-Shirt designs and wanted to post some of the designs. I will be getting samples and the completed shirt design soon, so If you are interested please contact me about questions/ordering. These two designs will be the first run, Hope you enjoy.

Thank You.







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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to master the art of drawing

Art Tip- Drawing hands or for that matter any subject.

Seasoned artists are often asked how are they able to draw so quickly and accurately. One could say years of practice but the better answer would be, they have learned to see.

Drawing comes down to skills of observation and in particular, one's ability to scan the subject and observe it as a whole, while simultaneously relating the differentiation of planes. Moreover, the artist  breaks down and reconstructs through all of the aspects of three-dimensional space, including the use of negative space. This requires great focus which will enable one to master the act of drawing.

What prevents one from understanding this basic fundamental information?

Focusing on finite detail tends to be one of the biggest issues and this inhibits one from seeing the whole.

The greatest lesson I've learned...whatever you don't practice/comprehend will come back to bite you in the arse, over and over. You have to know the rules to break them.


Construction hand study- Tidey


New Graphite Drawing medium

The choices can be bewildering when visiting the art stores these days. Many of the new products I see tend to confuse an already complicated subject. However, I recently found a new watercolor graphite product that comes in different forms and is really worth using. The one I like comes neatly packed in a small tin container. This graphite comes in a solid form, it is not in the typical powdered form found in large jars.

Just add water with a brush and this Graphite is able to yield velvety blacks as dark as ink. This graphite creates beautiful washes and interesting dry brushing. The product says it can be erased but I would say I have not found it erasable. This is a fantastic medium a real solid drawing/painting medium.

This sketch I did is from a knight's helmet from the Philadelphia Art Museums collection.
The company is called ART GRAF