Friday, May 25, 2007

Here are a few 'head studies'. They are not formal portraiture, per se. Rather they are a brief but intense study of character, impression and form of a head. They are done in one setting of 1 to 2 hour period.


Rex I, 18"x12", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Galina I, 18"x12", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
April I, 19"x12.5", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
John Mclean, 19"x12.5", pastel pencil on toned paper, NFS

John Mclean was a guest to my sister Dana's wedding. He is a long time family friend of Dave's(the groom). He has such an irresistible face to a painter; full of character but not overtly, and brilliant silver hair and twinkling blue eyes – someone you'd expect to see on the Shakespearean theater stage. Unfortunately, since he had to return to Wales quickly after the wedding, I had to use a snap shot photo I have taken at the wedding reception to make this drawing of him.
Tao, 19"x12.5", conté on toned paper, sold

Sunday, May 13, 2007

3 Minute Gesture #55, 17"x13.5", available
3 Minute Gesture #54, 17"x14", available
3 Minute Gesture #53, 17"x14", available
3 Minute Gesture #52, 17"x14", sold
The drawings below were done in 10–25 minutes using pastel or conté pencil of sanguine, sienna or umber colors on tones papers, though some, like Nude51(Gaze Away), were done on white paper. They are essentially a combination of gesture and precision contour drawings.

In life drawing class with my teacher Dr. Trapp during my student years, he would have us do gesture drawing and contour drawing at the beginning of the class every day, 30 minutes each. Pretty soon, I realized that if I am going to invest that much time in gesture and contour drawing day in and day out, I'd better come up with something that are more than just what they were basically intended for.

So, while I was attending quick-drawing sessions in the evening at Palette and Chisel, I continued to practice gesture and contour drawings in a slightly different manner than in classroom, and pretty soon developed something that is unique to my personality. Dr. Trapp seemed to have seen whatever was in me and encouraged me to continue to develop sensitive line quality.

Quicker drawings (1–5 minutes) are more gesture oriented, though I still treat my lines with light-handed approach. In longer pose drawings(10–25 minutes), I shift my emphasis more on delicate contours (its variation in weight and subtlety) to suggest the form.


Lorena II (Nude #55), 19"x12.5", pastel pencil on toned paper, sold
Nude #54, 12"x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Nude #53, 12.5" x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Lorena I (Nude #52), 12"x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Gaze Away (Nude #51), 18"x12", pastel pencil on paper, available

Saturday, May 12, 2007

5 Minute Gesture #53, 17"x14", available
5 Minute Gesture #52, 17"x13.5", available
1 Minute Gesture #56, 17"x14", available
1 Minute Gesture #55, 17"x14", available
5 Minute Gesture #51, 12"x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, sold
3 Minute Gesture #51, 17"x14", available
During the quick-drawing session last night at Palette and Chisel, it occurred to me that my 1, 2, 3-minute gesture drawing is much like dancing. Now, I am not a dancer, by even in a casual standard. But while feverishly gliding my pencil on the surface of the paper to capture the beauty and energy of human figure in that fleeing moment, I came to visualize a dancer gracefully move on the dancing floor.
My pencil, which is an extension of my hand, eyes, and my artistic training and sensitivity, becomes a dancer. Wide open paper on the drawing board is a dancing floor where my creativity is limitless.

What a co-incidence, considering the fact that the very room where we were drawing used to function as a ballroom dancing floor for social events of this mansion that is now Palette and Chisel. Perhaps the spirits of those dancers who have once graced this floor over a hundred years ago evoked the idea in me.

Monday, May 7, 2007

1 Minute Gesture #54, 17"x13.5", available
1 Minute Gesture #53, 17"x13.5", available
1 Minute Gesture #52, 17"x13.5", available
1 Minute Gesture #51, 17"x13.5", available
Drawings posted in this blog are my quick figure drawings— drawings done from live model in the duration of anywhere from 1 minute to 25 minutes. Many of them were done at Palette and Chisel's quick-drawing sessions (more on Palette and Chisel later), but some were done in my private studio. Except for the ones described otherwise, I use Derwent drawing pencil (either venetian red or terra cotta) on white paper for 1 minute to 5 minute quick drawings. I use conté or pastel pencil for longer poses.

In addition to these quick figure drawings, I plan to post other types of drawings as well—head study, sketches, pastel works etc.

As I continue to explore and enjoy the beauty and dynamics of human figure on paper, I would like to share the result of my experience with others—artists, hobbyists, art enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates the thrilling beauty of human figure and draftsmanship in art. So, enjoy them, and feel free to share your thoughts on them with me if so inclined.