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What It's Like to Attend a Figure Drawing Group

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I wanted to post about my recent figure drawing sessions and describe what figure drawing studios are like. I attend the weekly figure drawing co-op at a local art  college near me. For 7 dollars you get 4 hours in the studio. You and usually about twelve other people surround a dais where the figure model poses.  The poses start off quick. These ones were only 1 minute long. The model does big action poses, and you have to draw really fast. Today we did ten of these.   This time is for quick gestural drawings. Gesture drawings are loose sketches that are meant to get down the most crucial information in the short time you have. These are helpful in warming up, getting used to the proportions of the model, and because the poses are dramatic and the limbs and legs are extended from the body it is easy to get used to the model's proportions.  Then the model slows down the pose to anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes. Today we went to 5 minute poses. The poses are less exciting, because the m

Inktober 2022

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"Match" Inktober Day 8  ($75) It's October again, so I've been doing Inktober, an annual artist challenge to make one drawing a day everyday of October using the official "Inktober" prompts. I haven't been using ink every day but I have been creating every day, which is the spirit and purpose of the challenge. Today I made the above acrylic painting. "Scallop" This type of edge design is called a scallop, presumably after the scallop shell.  "Scurry" I was at my local figure drawing co-op this day for 3 hours, hoping the model  would do something like a scurry pose. But I liked her poses anyway. They were very restful.  "Gargoyle"  I learned in college that a gargoyle is technically the statue connected to a gutter, made to spit the rain water out of its mouth (though that's not really how we use the term anymore). I was thinking about the sad existence of a gargoyle come to life, never able to speak because he is always

New Portrait Website

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 I am now selling portraits at HandPaintedPortraits.com This is a new opportunity for me to make money selling paintings that are tailor made for the buyer. Please visit the new website and consider buying a custom portrait. 

Testimony, Painting Sessions

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  These are painting sessions for my current work, Testimony . I post these weekly on YouTube . Subscribe to my channel and you'll see them as they go up.  ________________ Testimony, Painting Session 3, Modeling the architecture of the scene using masking techniques and  linear perspective Session 4, Painting woodgrain Session 5, Using acrylic pouring techniques to create ambient textures Session 6, Modeling wood molding and plotting where the highlights go Session 7, Continuing the ambient texture of the wainscoting using both Scumbling  and   Glazing

Making a 2-Color Woodblock Print with Easy Registration

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  In the Water, Toward the Woods Woodblock print, 5" x 7" This is my first 2-color woodcut. I used a variation of a traditional Japanese registration system for lining up the multiple blocks required for a multi-colored print. 

Testimony, two painting sessions

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These are the first two paintings sessions of my new picture Testimony . I'm using matte acrylic on canvas.

Kate Jarvik Birch

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Kate Birch is a Utah based artist and fiction writer. I first encountered her on Instagram and was impressed by two words written beneath every post: "Daily Painting." In almost as many posts there is a third word: "SOLD." Kate produces a painting almost everyday. She has made a business of these paintings and I wanted to learn more. Andrew:  Finding the motivation to produce can be one of the biggest challenges for artists. You produce a painting a day. How did that begin and how do you stay motivated? Kate:  It started New Year’s Eve three or four years ago when I decided to write a poem everyday. I got to July and I wanted to quit with every ounce of my being. But I kept going and finished off the year. I realized there was something to creating constantly and putting it out in the world even if you don’t like it. You’re not going to love everything you produce but every once in while you’ll create something that you’re truly proud of. And I found that other peop