Posts Tagged ‘drawing tips’

PAINTING OTHERS TO FIND YOURSELF

July 16, 2015
CROPPED, full figure. MAN WITH AN OLIVE WALL. . copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Caran D'ACHE Neocolor 2 on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA PAPER.

CROPPED, full figure. MAN WITH AN OLIVE WALL. . copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST. Caran D’ACHE Neocolor 2 on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA PAPER.

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

JACKSON POLLOCK

I have been attending open session figure drawing classes this summer. It is the best meditation. Trying to truly see another person takes complete concentration, complete surrender on a certain level. Once the drawing process begins to take form, it is impossible to consciously THINK about anything else: one is fully invested in the present experience.

This sketch has been cropped for posting from a full figure pose.
I am using Caran D’Ache NEOCOLOR 2 watersoluble pastel crayons on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA multimedia paper. Strong fine lines are made with Conte pencil or DERWENT DRAWING pencil crayon. Zeta paper is able to withstand layers of wash and drawing without pills or abrasion.
Working over the course of about 2 hours, the slight adjustments of the model make me realize that nothing in life is still. Nothing. Charting movement, light, and singular moments of clear color become the activity. The wordy thinking-mind is silent. The eye is open. When the model takes a breath, so do I.
The end result is a surprise. The journey is everything.
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STILL SNARKY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS…

July 4, 2015
Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

The pleasure of the small drawing transformed by a weird caption.  Somehow this kind of work did not receive appreciation in high school during lecture. Though I did crack up one history teacher who had a righteous sense of humor.

These are quick conte sketches while watching AQUARIUS, a period drama. STYLISH. Great faces, hipster clothes and ridiculous hairdos. Even the boozer-losers look fabulous. All the junkies have the best jackets…( which was actually not true to my memory). Wish the writers would give Duchovny more zingers, though. Would also appreciate a little more GRACE SLICK in the soundtrack.

CHARACTER STUDY. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

Character sketch. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

The plot seems to find a template in Joan Didion’s THE WHITE ALBUM.

Character sketch. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

Character sketch. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

 

EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN through the known

July 2, 2015
Dad and Me. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERED. Do not reproduce, or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D' ACHE NEOCOLOR 2 crayons on CANSON MI- TIENTES paper.

Dad and Me. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D’ ACHE NEOCOLOR 2 crayons on CANSON MI- TIENTES paper.

There are things known
and there are things unknown,
and in between are the doors of perception.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Presently engaged in a positive struggle with the medium.
This was a phrase a teacher wrote in my evaluation as an early art student.
Maddening and puzzling at the time,the comment confused me. Consulting a MAGIC EIGHT BALL would have been more useful. Or perhaps a basket of fortune cookies would have been more satisfying. At any rate, I probably responded with a snotty THANKS KRESKIN and moved on…continuing to positively struggle with the medium with no appreciation of what that actually meant.
Later years proved the brutal honesty of this assessment: experimentation IS a positive struggle with a medium. The only way we learn ANYTHING is through playful experimentation.
It is way too hot to sketch on location the past week, but I wanted to learn how to manipulate CARAN D’ACHE NEOCOLOR 2 PASTELS to get some specific effects. Selfies are a good way to manage a new medium. If results are heinous, adding a mustache and a gnome hat are viable options at the end of a session! Antlers are even better.
Pastel is like poetry: it is a short ride to SUPERBAD. Pastel needs to have a sense of immediacy,variation in mark-making, a measure of authenticity, and lack of artifice. One needs to know when to stop. Knowing when to stop is the hardest thing to learn and almost impossible to teach. We need to find the borderland between done and overdone on our own.
Refraining is the most potent meditation.

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER: NEOCOLOR CRAYONS

June 21, 2015
SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D' ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS  ON INGRES PAPER.

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D’ ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS ON INGRES PAPER.

INSPIRATION… SHE NEVER VISITS THE LAZY
David Hockney

True dat.

Another round with  NEOCOLOR 1 and NEOCOLOR 2 wax pastels, applied dry to charcoal paper.

When in doubt do a selfie, it protects the innocent!

THE SALESMAN

October 5, 2014
Salesman. © 2014 Ellen Ward. Do not reproduce reblog or pin.

Salesman. © 2014 Ellen Ward. Do not reproduce reblog or pin.

The truth of color is gray.
ANDRE GIDE

WAITING FOR BACON

October 5, 2014
DREAMTIME. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce reblog or pin.

DREAMTIME. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce reblog or pin.

And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.
ELLSWORTH KELLY

STUDIES: TONAL APPROACHES 2

August 11, 2014
DOORWAY. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. TOMBOW Pens in STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA journal.

DOORWAY. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. DO NOT PIN: YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT. TOMBOW Pens in STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA journal.

I am interested right now in light appearing through rectangles.
Um…That’s about it.

 

STUDIES: LIFE DRAWING CLASS

August 2, 2014
FIGURE STUDY: 10 minutes, FLOWERGIRL. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Pitt markers on toned paper.

FIGURE STUDY: 10 minutes, FLOWERGIRL. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Pitt markers on toned paper.

Trying to make 10 minutes worth an hour.
The other sketches in my regular sketchbook are helping me to see simply. Or more simply, faster.

Knowing where to place a mark and the appropriate quality of that mark is a persistent challenge.

Looking at JOHN SINGER SARGENT’S WATERCOLORS and seeing a whole world of abstract possibility in a recognizable form…

STUDIES: TONAL APPROACHES

July 31, 2014
OUT THE WINDOW: TONAL STUDY. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. TOMBOW MARKERS + Stillman and Birn ALPHA JOURNAL

OUT THE WINDOW: TONAL STUDY. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. TOMBOW MARKERS + Stillman and Birn ALPHA JOURNAL

Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead
of me to discover and create. I want something, but I won’t know
what it is until I succeed in doing it.

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI
Studies. Studies. Studies.
Things happen when you are DOING THEM, and not just thinking about them.

URBAN SKETCHING: SPLASH PADS

July 27, 2014
SPLASHPAD: Huntersville, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved.

SPLASHPAD: Huntersville, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved.

It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment,
but not a frozen moment.
ANDREW WYETH

Splash Pads are a great place to practice gesture drawing, because the activity is so frenetic there is no time to get fussy about perfect contour drawing. The human drama is also compelling: seeing people engage in a group activity even though most are strangers at first.

SPLASH PAD: Kannapolis City Park, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SPLASH PAD: Kannapolis City Park, NC. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Tentative splashers hang back and observe. Those with brio go berserk roaring like monsters. There is the silent spoiler, who jams the jet with a bucket or foot. The malcontent screams to get wet and then screams to get dry.

July in the South is HOT.

Splash Pad: Kannapolis City Park. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Splash Pad: Kannapolis City Park. © 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Sitting in the shade near a splash pad will guarantee a cooler location for an urban sketcher! You can find one in the local park or in the middle of an upscale shopping mall, just a step away from STARBUCKS.