Dynamic Composition

June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

This pencil drawing illustrates the creation of balance on the page.  The fan like light leaves spread out over the dark foliage of leaves and stems.  The light value of the leaves connects with the space and shadows around the plant providing a strong pathway from objects nearest to us and those furthest away. The result is a dynamic composition filled with dramatic movement

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Gradated Pencil Drawing of Persephone

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s another vantage point of the gradated pencil drawing of Persephone

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The Importance of Contour Drawing

June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone contoursHere are a pair of contours or line drawings of the sculpture of Persephone.  Contour drawing lies at the heart of my teaching of drawing.  It allows you as the artist to envision your composition; thinking all the way out to the edges.  It provides the sense of a light source giving your subjects form or a three dimensional nature,  But most importantly, by drawing blind and not keeping one’s head buried in the paper and instead on the subject, it reveals your personality.  The hand becomes a tool of the eye and the contour becomes truly unique to you!!

Looking up at Persephone

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Another view of the sculpture of Persephone with the viewer below the doorway.

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Additional Work on the Perspehone Drawing

May 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone IIIII

I’ve added hue to this drawing of Persephone from a series related to sculpture in architecture.  Colors and shadows are intensified to provide a greater sense of depth.

Persephone in Late Spring

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone

I’ve added more contrast and hue to this colored pencil of Persephone in late spring.

The Power of Telling our Stories

April 28, 2015 § 2 Comments

IMG_4744    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.gradated garlicIMG_4747

Perspehone in Fall

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone IIII

I’ve  been reworking the color on some of my drawings   Again this is the sculpture of Persephone over the doorway of McNeal Hall and part of a series depicting her in the different seasons.  Here, the leaves of the vine are drying, changing color, and falling away in the wind.

Persephone in Summer

April 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Persephone III   This wonderful sculpture over the doorway of McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota campus always spoke to me as she hid under the vines of summer. She was part of a series based on the relationship of architectural sculpture to the building it inhabits and its meaning to the surrounding community.

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. contour of garlic 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. gradated garlic

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