I just finished a new self portrait drawing. As I was drawing it, I realized that the values have to be accurate in order for the drawing to be successful. This applies to all drawing as well as painting. Personally, I think I used to be afraid to make the darks look dark enough, but now I've realized that all the power of art is in accurate value.
A really helpful tip to check your dark values is to squint at your subject and then compare it to your drawing. I don't mean to blur your vision, but to squint your eyes down in order to assess value more accurately. The reason squinting works is because it gives you a more accurate sense of the lighting and thus, the value. It also takes away unnecessary detail and boils the world down to a format that will look good on paper or canvas. Don't be afraid of making the darks darker if they look dark when you squint! And always compare your drawing with your subject!
I'm really excited to announce a new project that I've embarked on called DUO Pencils. Check out our website at www.duopencils.com! The company will be producing double ended drawing materials in a variety of materials from graphite to white media and charcoal. I've always loved inventing and am really proud to have been granted a provisional patent for this.
I had a great time at the Ridgewood Art Institute yesterday for the reception of the 2017 Instructors' Show! I took photos of my pieces to share, but check out the exhibition if you're in northern NJ.
My class at the Ridgewood Art Institute meets every Wednesday from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. It's an oil painting class for young people (ages 8-17) and focuses on figure painting, portraits, pet portraits and animals. Anyone interested in attending can stop by the class or contact me at email@example.com More information about the class can be found HERE!
I'm officially ready for the upcoming Instructors' Exhibition at the Ridgewood Art Institute! I've put a lot of effort into these works and I can't wait to show everyone what I've done on all summer. I've got 4 oil paintings which includes a self portrait, a pet portrait, a portrait of my girlfriend and a figurative painting of a young girl picking flowers. I also included a drawing of a pet portrait.
My self portrait and the portrait of my girlfriend are not for sale, but the other 3 works are for sale. I'm also open again for commissions for anyone interested contact: firstname.lastname@example.org!