Open Figure Session, August 3, 2011

Portrait of an Artist, Carbon Pencil, 14x11"

Dick is a fellow artist and member of the Jackson Civic Art Association. You can see a gorgeous piece of his pen & ink art, "Sudden Encounter", on the JCAA website. It is always a pleasure to have Dick as a model, as he has so much character, both as a model and a person. I have used him many times in my workshops and classes. Here is a quick computer sketch that I did of him a few months ago:
Dick Stanton, Painter IX

 And, on a similar note, here is a quickie pencil sketch that I did while sitting at my computer, from a Google image of Drew Barrymore awhile back:

Drew, Pencil, 4.5x4.5

Something about the act of drawing that I find both soothing and stimulating. Sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but I feel so relaxed while drawing and totaling engaged, simultaneously. How about you?


  1. I do too, but dont do it enough. I once took a year off changed direction a little and traveled around the world filling sketchbooks as I went, at the end I had a lovely record of the trip and my drawing had improved too.

  2. Wow, Nigel, that is awesome to be able to travel for a year filling up sketchbooks. It seems that one could really soak in the nuances of different places, a kind of meditation. I would love to hear more!


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