Friday, August 01, 2014

A place to start - www.starving-artists.net

For any new or budding artist who wants to make their internet debut, I high recommend Mike Sibley's website http://www.starving-artists.net/index.htm.  This is where I started and still hold a gold membership gallery.

This site gives the artist a means to get exposure at a low cost.  Mike works diligently to keep the site in the top hit in search engines. It introduces you to organizing you work, scanning, uploading and seeing your artwork displayed in a pleasing and professional way.

It is also a great launching point to drive traffic to your own website or blog.  I feel I have a winning combination of artwork posted on Starving-Artists, my personal website and my blog .

It is with deep appreciation that Mike has chosen my artwork "Agnew Meadows" for Editor's Choice this month.  Thank you so much!


MPAS Designation

This is an award that recognizes achievements in my artist endeavors over the past few years. I am truly honored to represent Pencil Art Society and the designation of MPAS 



Saturday, October 05, 2013

Pencil Art Society - Excellence In Drawing Award

I am so excited!!  Two of my drawings, "Agnew Meadows" and  "Indiana Barn" have been accepted into the Pencil Art Society - PAS Online Juried Exhibition 2013.

Here is the link to all the accepted works of art -

In addition to this honour, my work "Indiana Barn"  was awarded the following prize:

EXCELLENCE IN DRAWING by Canson
$120 PRODUCT (SPONSORED By CANSON)


Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Blackwing Experience Event

When I told folks that I was attending a party for the Blackwing Pencil, I got some pretty strange looks.  But once I explained to them "what better place can a graphite artist have fun than at a pencil event?" They readily agreed this was "my kind of show".  The Blackwing Event was indeed a party for a pencil, but it was also so much more.  The Blackwing pencil can be considered a symbol of all things creative.  Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, architect, mathematician or engineer, a pencil and paper are the simplest tools to start releasing your creative muse.

Organizations like the Blackwing Foundation and the Creativity Center understand and promote efforts to give our youth opportunities explore creative avenues.   This is what the Blackwing Event was really all about. Each part of the event was carefully planned to spark and expose visitors to the creative process.

The Blackwing Experience Event was a 3-day (6/25-27) event held at the  Chuck Jones Center For Creativity located in beautiful Costa Mesa, California.

Here are a just a few of my photos documenting the event:


Chuck Jones was the creator and animator of popular cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wiley Coyote and the Road Runner. Chuck's drafting table and artworks were on display. 

Day camps were held for kids age 7-12.  Here is a photo of Stephen Reis, animator of the Simpsons, showing the kids how to draw Bart.
Various sketches and paintings of Chuck Jones animations are on display through out the center.


Tuesday evening's party launched the 3 day event.  A pencils.com store displayed many items sold on the website.  Of course, palomino and blackwing pencils were for sale as well as luxury sketchbooks.


Two of pencil.com featured artists Mike Theur and Diane Wright (me!) had artwork on display.  Here are snapshots of signage going up and the finished display.



A silent auction of several works of art was hosted to raise money for the Blackwing Foundation.  A framed Chuck Jones print with one of  his original blackwing pencils, a blackwing gift set box and a Diane Wright framed print were among the items auctioned.


The evening event was really a lot of fun.  Many of the displays were interactive exhibits, engaging the visitors to explore word and visual games.  These quickly "broke the ice" and everyone had a great time.  I met some of the nicest folks and the start of friendships that will last longer than my brief stay in California. I specifically want to mention 3 illustration artists that really made me feel welcomed,  Frank Howa, Mark Doublin, and Micheal Smith.  
  


Stephen Reis spent the evening sketching Simpson characters.


The pencil timeline (showing only a snippet here) covered on whole wall.  Lesli Scott, graphic designer, did an awesome job bringing the entire production to life!  Her personality glowed through her incredible work and displays.  



I want to thank Craig Kausen, President of Chuck Jones Center and (grandson of the famous animator) for the warm welcome and gracious host of the event.  I also want to thank his staff  as well as all the Pencils.com staff - Alex, Grant and the rest of the crew for the great job of putting this all together.

Lastly, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Charles and Ginger Berolzheimer.  Thank you for inviting me to participate.  It was delightful to finally meet you!  I hope to continue to collaborate with you and your team for many years to come as well as sharing our passion for creativity.

Here is a link to more photos and a summary of events:

BLACKWING EXPERIENCE OPENS WITH A “WHAT’S UP, DOC?”


Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Blackwing Experience - Exhibition

I am excited to announce that several of my framed artwork will be on exhibit at the upcoming Blackwing Experience  in Costa Mesa, California.  The exhibit will be held at the Chuck Jones Center For Creativity for the 3-day event June 25 through June 27th.


My original framed graphite drawing, Agnew Meadows, will be on display.  This drawing was featured as the vision for the next generation of fine artists in the Blackwing advertisement.  It is also the cover of the Blackwing Artist Series luxury sketchbook.

Over the past few years I have continued to collaborate with the Cal Cedar folks as one of their featured artists and submitting drawing technique articles to Studio 602.

With my artwork being on display and the event being held at the Center for Creativity; it is a venue I couldn't pass up.  I plan to be in attendance for the event Tuesday evening.  I am really looking forward to attending the ChuckTalk:.
  • ChuckTalk: a panel discussion on the evolution of the creative process featuring Charles Solomon, Jenny Lerew, Craig Kausen, Charles Berolzheimer and Christian Tamburr  (Wednesday, June 26th)
Los Angelas....here I come!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Article Six - Techniques to Help you "See"


Original article posted on Studio 602 - www.pencils.com

Drawing Lessons: Techniques to Help you “See”

Every artist has felt the frustration of getting “stuck” trying to draw the shape of an object.  By abstracting the object, you can disengage the thinking (left side of the brain) and tune into what you are actually seeing (the visual or right side of the brain).  In this section, we are going to practice techniques that can help you “draw” what you “see” and not what you think you see.

Contour Line  

There are a variety of contour line techniques.  Use one or any combination of these to help you see.
  • Blind Contour – draw the object without looking at your paper.
  • Pure Contour – draw the very outline of the object, drawing nothing on the inside.
  • Modified Contour – draw the outline and interior parts without shading.
  • Variable Contour – Vary the width of the contour line to give emphasis and weight to the line.  This creates an “expressive line” and provides depth to the object.
  • Cross Contour – draw lines that would follow across the form, like a topographical map.  This offers clues to identify 3-d form.  The brain needs very few clues to “think” its  3-d.

Gesture Drawing

Use quickly-applied marks to capture the energy and movement of the subject matter or capture the essence of a pose.   While gesture drawing is typically used in figure drawing, it can be used in still-life and landscapes as well.







Value Drawing 

Use only values to identify the shapes of the object, no lines please.


Negative Drawing

Focus your attention and draw the space around the object rather that the object itself (the gray space in the reference image)
  • Use a contour line draw only the area between the objects. (focus your attention on the space between the object.)
  • Use tonal drawing to identify the areas around the object.  Frequently used when rendering a light object against a dark background such as grass or trees.
Abstracting the object – The goal is to force your brain to see lines, shapes and spaces instead of the object as a whole. 
Two simple techniques:
  • Turn the image upside down
  • Look at the image in the mirror
Teach yourself to abstract the object and you can more accurately render the shape.  Disengaging the mind and focusing on the visual representation is your goal.  Ultimately….by abstracting, you can achieve realism.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Article Five - The Importance of Sketching


Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching


Sketching is the fundamental building block for an artist.  It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary.  Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to:
  • hone your observational skills
  • exercise and develop mark-making skills
  • encourage selectivity
  • experiment with new techniques and expressive possibilities
  • create compositions and various lighting effects
Sometimes sketches are indecipherable to anyone but the artist, nothing more than scribbles.  Other times, they can become a finished artwork.  But most of the time, sketches are just snippets of thoughts or an impression of an idea.   For an artist, sketching is the most uninhibited and free-est form of the creative process.  Sketching is an art form in itself and gives insight into the artist’s soul.  While sketchbook journals are often shared, they can also be kept personal like a diary.


Creativity and Ideas

Ideas are usually fragile and last just fleeting moments.  They occur at anytime and unless written down or sketched, they can dissipate quickly.  Carrying a sketchbook and pencil allows the opportunity to capture these ideas.   Just a few words or a quick sketch is usually enough to capture the thought. Then at a later time, they can be explored, nurtured, and matured to their full artistic potential.