Showing posts from 2013

Pencil Art Society - Excellence In Drawing Award

I am so excited!!  Two of my drawings, "Agnew Meadows" and  "Indiana Barn" have been accepted into the Pencil Art Society - PAS Online Juried Exhibition 2013.

Here is the link to all the accepted works of art -
In addition to this honour, my work "Indiana Barn"  was awarded the following prize:


The Blackwing Experience Event

When I told folks that I was attending a party for the Blackwing Pencil, I got some pretty strange looks.  But once I explained to them "what better place can a graphite artist have fun than at a pencil event?" They readily agreed this was "my kind of show".  The Blackwing Event was indeed a party for a pencil, but it was also so much more.  The Blackwing pencil can be considered a symbol of all things creative.  Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, architect, mathematician or engineer, a pencil and paper are the simplest tools to start releasing your creative muse.

Organizations like the Blackwing Foundation and the Creativity Center understand and promote efforts to give our youth opportunities explore creative avenues.   This is what the Blackwing Event was really all about. Each part of the event was carefully planned to spark and expose visitors to the creative process.

The Blackwing Experience Event was a 3-day (6/25-27) event held at the  Chuck Jon…

The Blackwing Experience - Exhibition

I am excited to announce that several of my framed artwork will be on exhibit at the upcoming Blackwing Experience  in Costa Mesa, California.  The exhibit will be held at the Chuck Jones Center For Creativity for the 3-day event June 25 through June 27th.

My original framed graphite drawing, Agnew Meadows, will be on display.  This drawing was featured as the vision for the next generation of fine artists in the Blackwing advertisement.  It is also the cover of the Blackwing Artist Series luxury sketchbook.

Over the past few years I have continued to collaborate with the Cal Cedar folks as one of their featured artists and submitting drawing technique articles to Studio 602.

With my artwork being on display and the event being held at the Center for Creativity; it is a venue I couldn't pass up.  I plan to be in attendance for the event Tuesday evening.  I am really looking forward to attending the ChuckTalk:.
ChuckTalk: a panel discussion on the evolution of the creative proces…

Article Six - Techniques to Help you "See"

Original article posted on Studio 602 - Drawing Lessons: Techniques to Help you “See” Every artist has felt the frustration of getting “stuck” trying to draw the shape of an object.  By abstracting the object, you can disengage the thinking (left side of the brain) and tune into what you are actually seeing (the visual or right side of the brain).  In this section, we are going to practice techniques that can help you “draw” what you “see” and notwhat you think you see. Contour Line   There are a variety of contour line techniques.  Use one or any combination of these to help you see. Blind Contour – draw the object without looking at your paper.Pure Contour – draw the very outline of the object, drawing nothing on the inside.Modified Contour – draw the outline and interior parts without shading.Variable Contour – Vary the width of the contour line to give emphasis and weight to the line.  This creates an “expressive line” and provides depth to the object.Cross Contour – …

Article Five - The Importance of Sketching

Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching
Sketching is the fundamental building block for an artist.  It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary.  Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to: hone your observational skillsexercise and develop mark-making skillsencourage selectivityexperiment with new techniques and expressive possibilitiescreate compositions and various lighting effectsSometimes sketches are indecipherable to anyone but the artist, nothing more than scribbles.  Other times, they can become a finished artwork.  But most of the time, sketches are just snippets of thoughts or an impression of an idea.   For an artist, sketching is the most uninhibited and free-est form of the creative process.  Sketching is an art form in itself and gives insight into the artist’s soul.  While sketchbook journals are often shared, they can also be kept personal like a diary.

Creativity and IdeasIdeas are usually fragile and last just fleeting …

Article Four - Creating Textures

Repost from: Learn how to add texture to your drawings in this entry into Diane Wright’s drawing lessons series. Drawing Lessons: Creating Textures So what is texture?  We touch an object and can feel that it is smooth or rough, but how do we translate what we feel into what we see.  The type of surface and the amount of texture determines the amount of light that is reflected off the surface. Hard surfaces – A hard, smooth surface such as metal or glass is highly reflective.  This means that the light hits more of the surface and bounces off.  This creates sharp, crisp edges and stronger contrasts of light and dark values.Soft surfaces – A soft surface such as cloth or leaves absorb the light, creating smooth transitions between highlights and shadows.Rough surfaces – If the surface is rough, the light hits less of the surface or hits it in less or sporadic areas.  The reflected light is less, making softer variances in values.  But the deeper the dips or crevices, the roug…

Article Three - Light and Shadows

Drawing Lessons: Using Light and Shadows to Create 3-Dimensional Shapes Repost from: What gives objects form and shape?  Light and the shadows it creates.  Since graphite creates only shades of gray, values are all we have to represent light and shadow.  They are also the most expressive and effective tools we have. In this entry to’s stable of drawing lessons, we’ll explore how we can use light and shadows to create 3-dimensional shapes. There are 4 main components of light and shadow: Highlights – where the strongest light hits the surface of the object Mid-tones – where light is indirectly hitting the surface Reflected light – light bounces back onto the object Shadows – core shadows are the darkest and strongest, cast shadows are various values depending on how strong the light is.
We know this is a red delicious apple because of its naturally dark mid-tones and shape.  We …

Werner Barn - Commission

Commissions offer a unique opportunity to collaborate the ideas of one individual with the visual artistic skills of another.  I really enjoy listening to the thoughts, ideas and stories from clients and then incorporating them into a piece of artwork that they had a "hand in" creating.  My goal is to bring their story to life on paper. 
I had the opportunity to do a very special commission for a former classmate, Dave Werner.  Dave and I have known each other since 2nd grade and got to catch up on our lives during our 35th high school class reunion this past summer.  Dave's parents were moving from their family farm and Dave thought a drawing of the homestead barn would be a great way for them to remember their life on the farm.  This drawing was a gift to his parents for Christmas.  I can't think of anything more special than a gift of art honoring his parents life-long efforts.
This barn has been well taken care of and represents the sense of pride family farmers…

Royal & Langnickel Kits

I have been working with the company, Royal & Langnickel over the past few years on a variety of art projects.  There are numerous blog posts showing artwork created for drawing and sketching kits.  They have given me the opportunity to explore a wide variety of subject matter and mediums.  I am always impressed with the beautifully designed products and look forward to more projects in the future.

I'm excited about the two newest kits created with my artwork.  These are "hot off the press" and I haven't seen them yet in stores.  Product Numbers are:  AME-110 for the Sketching Zoo Animals and AME-101 for the Drawing Colored Pencil Birds.

Horse & Colt

4/7/13 Update:  After setting this aside to work on a few other projects, I finally completed this drawing. 

2/15/13 Update:  Continuing to create definition in the background tree on the left.  Adding shadows from the  trees on the fence on the right.  Horse facial features added and the colt is starting to take shape.  Understanding the horses muscular under-structure helps to develop and define their three-dimensional form.

Here is a work in progress of a horse and colt.  This one is a bit larger than I have done in a while  12 x16 on Canson Foundation series Bristol Board Smooth paper.  
After roughly sketching in the horse, colt and background placement, I lightly shade in the sky.  After the light layer has been applied, I use a chamois to smooth the graphite.  I leave white areas for clouds and still need to build up a some form to them as I continue to work on the trees.  The trees are in various stages of completeness.  The one on the far right is the most developed wi…