The Conversation

I love the dynamic between these two people. The man has something to say and the woman is listening. One can see this by each person’s posture: the man leans forward and the woman leans back. Her legs seem to be crossed, even though only one leg is showing.

Young Lady Trying to Concentrate

I remedied the enormous forearm problem in today’s portrait. The most important feature in the sketch below is the delicate positioning of the young lady’s hand. Therefore, the forearm-to-upperarm ration is consequential. I’m having second thoughts about the title of this sketch. The subject’s pose does not suggest that she is leaning very hard on […]

Man Paying for Meal

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out new technology. I knew that this young man would figure it out quickly, so I had to sketch very quickly, before they left. No more waiting for waiters or waitresses. The key to a quick sketch is to capture gestures and posture. Other details can be filled after […]

Lady Filling Out a Form

It is not always easy for one to portray a person seated just a few feet away. Especially when they are facing forward.  Oblique views, or profiles are often less demanding and can be drawn with just a few lines (see Woman with Turban). The portrait below is more about posture and gesture than it […]

Session

They were talking about math. The teacher’s gestures were relaxed. The position of her right arm shifted, as she spoke to her student. I rendered it in each position, with lines that enclosed space. The student was trying to absorb the material. The student’s gestures were not exactly relaxed, but they were not hyper either. […]

Tutor and Tutee

In this sketch, I felt that gestures were more important than proportions (see yesterday’s post). The tutor’s right hand seems to be on an elongated arm. If I had canted the tutor’s posture toward her charge it would make more visual sense. The student alternated positions from upright to bent over: listening and taking notes.

Head in Hand

I flip through pages of art books of my favorite artists in search of ideas.  Carolyn Lanchner’s Joan Miró was on my desk and I turned the pages until I got to the following pieces: The Bird with a Calm Look, Its Wings in Flames; The Bird Boom-Boom Makes His Appeal to the Head Onion […]

Group 16: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the sixteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are about gesture and hands, particularly as regards my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother, Mike. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on February 21, 2014 (Holding Hand).  This is […]

Group 15: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the fifteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are about gesture and hands, particularly as regards my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother, Mike. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on February 23, 2014 (Tactile Communication). Mike often […]