A couple years ago I was fortunate to do a pastel workshop with Margaret Evans in New York City with the Pastel Society of America. I chose to do this forest scene since I was immediately drawn to the back light falling through the trees.
Back lit scenes are great subjects especially in the fall season where sunlight catches the backside of orange and yellow leaves. The illusion of depth can be seen here and was achieved by darkening the trees and foreground, against the light values of the background.
Pointing the shadows away from the light source creates perspective and leads the eye towards the light.
I used Great American Pastels and worked on Colorfix sanded paper.
Fall colors and landscape paintings have always been one of my favorite topics. This landscape painting shows a forest scene with a river in the fall season.
I used a variety of different pastels to create the painting: Unison, Great American and Mount Vision pastels. I have recently discovered the Mount Vision brand and enjoy working with these sticks. Mount Vision has a drier texture and feel similar to Unison pastels. The sticks are also larger than most other brands and therefore a great value.
So much about a person’s personality or mood can be seen by simply looking at the expression in the eyes.
This makes portrait drawing somewhat challenging. It is easy to miss the likeness of a face by making mistakes with the eye. But don’t despair! Drawing a realistic eye can be done!
I finished this drawing over the weekend and also created a tutorial and video explaining the steps. Follow the link above or see it in my tutorial section.
This week I have worked on a fascinating art form called anamorphic drawing. I completed the drawing and explain the steps on how to create an anamorphic drawing in a tutorial. The tutorial can be viewed in my TUTORIAL section.
The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to create an anamorphic image with Adobe Photoshop and then use this image as a template to create an anamorphic drawing.
An Anamorphic image is a deformed image that appears in its true shape when viewed in some “unconventional” way, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Perspective Anamorphosis date back to the fifteen century. The earliest known artist who made use of this was Leonardo Da Vinci.
An Anamorphic image is therefore nothing but a distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular angle or with a suitable mirror or lens.
Anamorphic drawings are difficult to detect with the eye. However, the effect is clearly seen through the lens of a camera or by taking a photograph.
Make sure to read the tutorial!
Many years ago I drew this pencil portrait of actress Meg Ryan. I took notes and photos of the drawing process and arranged this as an online tutorial, teaching you how to draw a pencil portrait. The portrait was drawn from a photograph.
Simple click on the above link for the tutorial, or see the tutorial on the top menu under TUTORIALS.