Face Too Big For Hair

The hair is rendered masterfully, if you look at it by itself.  I’m not sure how I managed to draw the face so out of proportion. It would have been a matter of just a couple of millimeters from the receded hairline to the beginning of the forehead. But I moved the pen point a […]

Watercolor Portrait Over Blind Drawing

I wanted to see what would happen if I superimposed a regular, studied sketch on a blind drawing of the same portrait subject. I used a photograph of my father as the model on which to experiment. My choice of subject holds emotional content, as my dad passed away a while ago and I still […]

Back Studies: Two Men

The common denominator between these two sketches is not the cloaked anatomy of the backs, it is gesture. The figure on the right is centered and stable. The left figure is out of balance: the chair is tilted; the man is twisted, as if he is in motion. The differences can be attributed to the […]

Planes, Grids and Curves

Today is another in my grid series (see Seeking Inspiration, Abstract with Grids and Circles, Harlequin Pattern). I drew two sets of intersecting lines, hiding the vertex of one of them by the unobstructed plane formed by the other. Then I divided each into a grid of rectangles, which gradually distorted into rhombus shapes. I […]