Changing the Palette to Achieve Serial Imagery
March 31, 2016 § 3 Comments
Rather than portraying our subjects just once, it is always beneficial to take our story line further with serial imagery. One simple approach is to keep the subject the same and simply change the palette. Here I start with a fairly monochromatic drawing.
Bernard Chaet’s students’ work at Yale have always represented for me the beauty of diverse personalities’ approach to the same subject and how we can always learn from one another.
Next, I begin to add more color, yet keep the palette quite restricted.
The final drawing in this three drawing series enriches the color scheme even further.
All in all, quite a simple solution to creating serial imagery!
Viewing One Composition from Different Perspectives
March 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
One of the most captivating aspects of serial imagery is the exploration of taking one’s story line further. There are so many ways you can challenge yourself and your viewers. Here I look at the same composition from a variety of vantage points. Each tells a different story.
By doing this, I can fully explore different relationships of color, space, and form
Zooming in on the underside of the urn one can better see how the flowers nestle in and are impacted by the dark hues and shadows.
The spatial aspects of the composition balance the clustered floral forms.
Borrowing From Others or Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery
November 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
This is an oil completed many years ago while in my early learning stages of painting and drawing. Yet, are we ever done learning? Part of my self instruction in the beginning was to copy and this was taken from a published photograph. Therefore, I was never able to use this for exhibition or for sale. I learned a lot by examining the work of others. The goal at the time was to try and capture the tender portrayal by the photographer of a grandmother and small girl. I was taken by the dramatic light play across the subjects coming from one source, the window; and the added contrast of the darkened room. While I appreciated the work of the photographer, I began to add touches of my own personality.
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The Power of Telling our Stories
April 28, 2015 § 2 Comments
I am showing you a contour of a still life consisting of garlic. This tool does much of the work for you, It is revealing of form by demonstrating the light source, laying out your composition, and letting your personality pour out onto the page. This contour is part of a two drawing series that merely looks at a changing light source. Here are the gradations that were based on informative contour. We can begin to say more about our subject material when we examine ways to say something different about it. Here, we keep the placement of the still life the same and change the light source.
Garlic Still Life
April 8, 2015 § 2 Comments
I’m showing the informative nature of the contour as it provides the framework for the finished gradation of garlic and cloves. Notice how the contour allows you to reveal your thought process of compositional considerations, the light source, area of emphasis. Once you have determined those elements, you are free to keep your eye on the subject and allow your personality to flow out onto the page. At this point, I keep my eye on the subject, let my hand become an extension of the eye, and rarely look at the surface of the paper. The contour line moves from light to dark describing the three dimensional nature of the subject, the light source, and the storyline you have set forth. Notice how my contour is curvilinear in nature. Yours will be very different. You can find examples such as these in my book The Little Book of Drawing; a Friendly Approach. My teaching style is encouraging in nature and allows you to try different media, techniques, and to find your own personal style of story telling through drawing.
Face of Hope
March 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
At an event I attended, a remarkable young girl caught our attention and imagination. She was with her father and another male family member and they were so protective and caring towards her. She had these beautiful eyes which spoke volumes about her. Patience, hope, and caring were all traits I saw in her small face. I was honored to be able to capture that essence.
Anna and Clare at Play
November 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
At last, the final drawing of a three part series of Anna and Clare in a tunnel at the playground. The first shows them contemplating things, the second; beginning to move, and now, they are in full motion. Whee!! Again, I’m showing the contour or line drawing with the finished gradation. Serial imagery allows you to take full advantage of a train of thought.
Second in a Series of Anna and Clare at Play
October 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
This is the second of a three drawing series depicting Anna and Clare at play. The first drawing showed the two little ones thinking about their next moves and now they’re beginning to interact. The tunnel at the playground allows their imagination to run wild! The contour or line drawing does most of the work for you by laying out the framework of composition, form revealed through a light source, and your personality. Serial imagery allows your storyline to go further than what you see in just one work.