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Drawing, and “the degree system.”

This tells you what’s wrong with the current mainstream system. (Artist’s work is presumably by Seymour Fine Art.)

The picture above tells it all. Yes, I know there are exceptions. There are some excellent schools out there that are not trying to “de-skill” art students. But I’m talking about the majority, which apparently are.read more

Things you can do now, to improve your art

“Hot and Cold” 6×8″ oil on Gessobord. Thanks to XNB Creative for the stock photo used as reference!

I’m just sticking a recent painting at the top, to give this blog some sort of picture! LOL. This is a recent painting. I was trying to explore colors and values in this study, as well as warm and cool flesh tones. That’s why the painting is entitled “Hot and Cold” (for the warm and cool colors).

Okay, I thought I’d write a nuts-and-bolts list of advice for any artist who thinks they suck, wishes they were better, but wonders if they ever will get there. (I’m looking at you, Pavina! đŸ˜‰ )

First, some caveats: I’m still on the journey of trying not to suck myself. Don’t look at my work and assume that I’m implying that I think I’ve ‘arrived.’ I sure haven’t. But I’ve strived to suck a little less each year. That’s all we can do.

Here are some common-sense and oft-agreed-upon tasks you can do to get there. This is assuming that you want to draw and paint realistically and possess more ‘traditional’ skills.

Now, on to the list:read more

Sketch dump #2 – more figure drawing (NSFW)

More figure drawings, old and new. I’ll get right to them!


(Click on the image to see the full-length sketch.) Done at a life drawing session at Glendale Community College (GCC), some years ago. Toned paper and pastel (or maybe colored ContĂ© crayon, I can’t be sure.) I like how these turned out; I’ll have to do more like them!

Quick 5-minute sketch from a recent figure drawing session held at Got ART gallery.read more

Sketch dump #1 — figure drawing (NSFW)

I found several large sketchbooks with some figure drawings in them. One sketchbook was newsprint, which means the paper is already starting to go brown. (Newsprint is not acid-free.) The other sketchooks fared better. I will gradually digitize them and put them online, because . . . well, that’s what art blogs are for, right? đŸ˜‰ I’ve also got some more weekly figure drawing sessions to catch up on. I’m continuing to attend the sessions at the Got ART gallery, which I’m enjoying a lot. The three-hour sessions and the opportunity to have longer poses is wonderful.


A 20-minute pose from a figure drawing session in late October ’11, held at Got ART gallery. Mechanical pencil drawing, done in my sketchbook.read more

A few figure drawings, October 2011 and earlier

To get this blog started, here are some samples of my figure drawing, done in pencil. Some of this art is MODERATELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

Drawn at a figure drawing class I attended a while ago at McGroarty Arts Center in Sunland-Tujunga, California. I don’t recall why the model looks like he’s putting on make-up, but there is this memory of him having some fun with his poses!

civil war pose

Model wearing Civil War garb, at an October 2011 figure drawing session held at the GotArt gallery. GotArt is a wonderful resource for accessible and affordable figure drawing, plus I am enjoying their once-a-month session with a clothed, costumed model.

reclining nude(Click on the image to see the whole thing.) A longer (for me!) 15-minute pose of a model, from a figure drawing class held at Communiversity.