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Pregnant Figure Studies

This weekend I had the fantastic privilege of attending a figure drawing session with a full-term mother as the model. Such a wonderful and rare opportunity! If you’re unfamiliar as to why, the venn diagram of overlap between women who will model for art classes and women who are 5-9 months pregnant (and thus most draughtsmanly) is very small indeed. In the many years since I started at RISD I believe this is my first chance. If you’re pregnant and willing to pose, please consider doing your local art community an enormous service!

Here are three studies in conte, red crayon, ink, and gouache. I wish I’d had a lot more time and a lot more practice before the session, but it was a terrific day nonetheless. A huge thank you and congratulations to our soon-to-be mom!

Dartmouth Love #1

Lately I’ve been trying out new working methods as I launch into a new round of ideas for spring (you hear that Vermont?! Spring!!). Gray-tone wash, watercolor, and pencil are my go-to favorites for finished art pieces, but for sketching I’ve been loving the “scattering” brush tip shape in Photoshop. To those of you out there who know all about digital drawing, forgive me, but if you haven’t tried it it’s a terrific way to quickly play with color and texture. Here’s an example: the figure below was drawn in ink from life while waiting at the Dirt Cowboy Cafe, but the color and background line art was added digitally in Photoshop on a different layer. Voila! Instant colored sketch.

Europe 2005

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on books, book making, and life in Medieval Europe, so I dug out some old sketchbooks and drawings from my travels to reacquaint myself with what architecture looked like in the Middle Ages. I had forgotten how much I loved to draw buildings! Churches, houses, bridges, towers, pastures of sheep… I thought I’d share a few of them here to give a sense of the places I’ve sat and drawn. All of these were done in ink, pencil, and watercolor with limited use of gouache. The first is from a village on the outskirts of Amsterdam (not Medieval, but the sheep could be, right?) and the second and third are from Ghent and Bruges, respectively. More to come soon!