Saturday, July 31, 2010

Change is Good

I've given my blogs a facelift and fresh new look. Let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Duey's Drawings

One of the best graphite portrait artist's that I know is Brian Duey. Brian has a comprehensive series of drawing tutorials on his website: I highly recommend these tutorials as they are clear and concise. I frequently reference them in the art yahoo groups that I moderate and I personally refer to them anytime I am working on portraiture. Check out Brian's artwork and see if you agree with me!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mike Sibley Workshops

I've been working this morning on the underside of the tree and grass using techniques that I learned during Mike Sibley's drawing workshop in Indiana.

It's been almost a year since the workshop and the improvement on my artwork has been incredible. And the revelations of "ah-ha"! are still happening!

To attend one of Mike's drawing workshops is an opportunity that any graphite artist should not miss. It doesn't matter what your subject matter preference is or your drawing style (from realism, sketches or abstract) the concepts and techniques Mike demonstrates can be applied to. Spending three days with one-to-one attention with a master is an experience that I will never forget.

Mike is coming back to the United States in September to conduct 4 more workshops! Visit his website for workshop locations and information.

Here's the section of my current drawing. I've been pushing the branches on the underside of the tree back into the shadows. Using negative drawing techniques, I'm able to create the blackest areas between the leaves, allowing them to subtly appear deep in the shadows.

Friday, July 02, 2010


Here's the next installment.....

The barn is slowly taking shape....working on balancing the foreground tree with the barn. The barn is tucked in between the trees.