With pens and markers, thick paper and a little imagination, we can all create interesting works of art. For starters, any paper will do and inexpensive Sharpies (or washable markers) in a variety of sizes will work just fine. Note: When using a thin sheet, like … Continue readingDrawing Images, Designs and Patterns in Ink
After experimenting with charcoal alone it’s fun to add other media into the mix, just to see what happens. Here’s the effect from using red ink and a dropper. I left a few areas untouched on the lips for a lighter value and shine. This “Rainy … Continue readingCharcoal Portraits with Other Media
Because not all parts of a drawing are bad, we can save what we like for future collage use. Why not? Here’s the best part of my recent mistake: In the future I may want to glue her onto a canvas and see what happens, … Continue readingSave Your Drawing Mistakes!
I found this little gem on YouTube by one of my favorite Artists from Indonesia. Check it out. You’ll learn a lot from a quick watch.
Experimenting on a smaller size paper of the kind you plan to use for a larger, final piece is a good idea. I use my 9 X 12 Strathmore 400 series sketchbook to explore different techniques and see how they’ll react to the paper before … Continue readingExploring with Charcoal
I’ve been falling in love with charcoal and like anything else, to get better at it, I practice daily. I always tell those in my portrait drawing classes, when trying something new, we are all beginners, but not for long. I keep the Newsprint set … Continue readingCharcoal Portrait in 18 X 24
See what fun you can have with a damaged/altered book and a Sharpie. The words you find can take on a whole new meaning. Try it…with an old magazine, newspaper, junk mail. It’s a great way to spark creativity!.
I made “Garden Girl” from flowers cut/torn from note cards, stationery and other pretty pages. On the face, neck and shoulders I started with a light drawing in graphite, created from imagination. Then I used watercolors to communicate form and depth around the face and … Continue readingGarden Girl Collage in Watercolor & Graphite
My latest painting in acrylics on watercolor paper was inspired by one of Pierre Bonnard’s photos of his favorite subject, his wife, Marthe. It’s one of his black and whites and captures a rare moment when his muse is actually facing the camera and not … Continue readingMarthe de Meligny in Acrylics
I wanted to share some of my latest paintings inspired by some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Matisse (among others). In “Let’s Face It 2018” we’ve studied the Renaissance, Post-Renaissance and Impressionist movements and it’s … Continue readingPortraits Inspired by the Masters