Sunday, January 31, 2010

Graphite/Copy Drawings

This and the next two drawings are copy drawings that I did in the studio of William Whitaker. For the first two, I picked drawings by Charles Bargue and spent about 3 months a piece doing an exact replica drawing in graphite. This was an excellent exercise in learning about edges, accurate drawing, sensitivity to value, and persistence. For the drawing of the standing figure, I worked from my own photo.

Museum Art I Love

These photos are taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery and the Getty Museums of Art.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Life Painting Studies

This is probably one of my favorite three hour pose head paintings. My teacher, Don Seegmiller, taught me a lot about simplifying down to a limited palette of only a few colors: payne's grey, white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and alizarin crimson.

Six hour study
I did the following two paintings during a portrait painting workshop taught by Bjorn Thorkelson. He invented a really excellent measuring system called Accurasee for artists to use while painting or drawing from life. This involves using a grid to transfer what you see in life to your work in a way that helps ensure accuracy in drawing in a super quick and easy to use method. You can learn more about it at:

Six hour study

Adrian Gottlieb was a guest artist in my head painting class at BYU on this day. We all painted for about 3o minutes and then he did a painting demonstration for the rest of the class. I love Adrian's paintings:


Done in illustrator

Cinderella has just lost her glass slipper. This was an assignment for an illustration class taught by Greg Newbold. You can see his work at

An assignment in watercolor from Robert Marshall's aqueous media class. It was neat painting all the different textures.

An illustration depicting Emma Smith as doubt afflicts her as a demon in the night.