Two Recent Drawings

Last week’s model……….. my choice was to draw the model from the back. Note this drawing was done with a pastel pencil on Strathmore 500 Charcoal paper



Another back study………. also pastel pencilLiza back PSP DSC_1578

It’s not common for me to use a pastel pencil, however it does allow some movement and picking up of the pigment. I often use charcoal or a red or blue colored pencil….. always coming back to charcoal due to the latter’s ability to redo passages until the major planes are defined……. at least the best that I can do on a given evening and with the allotted time, usually 30 to 40 minutes.

It’s about planes….

In drawing the figure one of the reasons we study anatomy, bones, muscles, surface landmarks etc is so that we can accurately (and convincingly) describe the human form. See here an example of planes of a reclining model. Note the beauty of the figure is not compromised by the planes.


 Stephanie Thirty Minute Pose 2

The World is Our Stage


My thoughts, your thoughts,

mostly about art,

painting, and drawing


The Pipsissewa (Cree name for “It-breaks-into-small-pieces”)

“To be creative requires generating many unique ideas and then combining those ideas into the best result.”

As to what a painting is or isn’t depends on who is looking….. but then who does not feel the beauty of form and color?

I paint to show the perfectness of nature. You say that is not so?

My eyes are ruined by the sight of magazines and photographs, I need the stimulation of real things

     Post for the second day of January 2011:

The following is a draft of a structured drawing to accompany the previously noted “guidelines.” Note in particular that I atempt to establish the RHYTHM using directional lines through the head, torso, and pelvis of the way the body flows . Key LANDMARKS are placed such as the rib cage, iliac crest, and great trochanter (hip bone) all of which are prominent in this view.


Post for the first day of 2011:

   For several years I have been actively involved in a twice-a-week figure drawing class at Amherst College. I write the following as a guide for those who are beginning to draw the figure. This guideline is not the only way to draw the figure, but it is one which will allow you to gain an understanding of the underlying structure  of the human body and lead you to superior drawing. These guidelines will be expanded with supplementary text and examples as this blog continues.


First Blog entry on the last day of December 2010:

 The three spinners sit at the foot of the tree of life and make our lives,  

and all our fates are in the spinners threads…. 

                         This week’s model at Drawing Class was Thea: