Those who know me, know that I love the academic painter, William Bouguereau. I recently had the opportunity to purchase a letter, written and signed by Bouguereau. I wanted to share this letter and its translation because it might be interesting to other people also. I'm so grateful to my friend, Mr. Arnaud Courgey for his beautiful translation. Please see below for the translation.
I also learned that the black border on the paper means that Bouguereau was in mourning. I did some research and found out that in 1880, his grandson, Willie, was born which was a joyous time for Bouguereau, but before that, Bouguereau experienced much grief from family deaths.
My interpretation of the letter is that an artist wrote to Bouguereau to ask about why they weren't selected for a salon exhibit or other show and Bouguereau wrote back to explain the jury's selection. I like this letter because it shows Bouguereau's compassion by the fact that he took the time to write to this artist. I hope any fellow Bouguereau fans enjoy this letter and will share the information!
I have such respect for all the artists of Studio Ghibli. I especially love doing these studies from Kazuo Oga's work. It's very inspiring and extremely humbling to try and learn from these geniuses.
Back when I was at the Pennsylvania Academy, we used to call these master copies; I love doing them and I'll always continue to learn from my heroes.
I used to do these sketch updates once and a while and I decided to revive it. I've been sketching a lot recently, but I always feel like I need to sketch more. Most of the sketches are from when I see something interesting on TV or in a book. I try and always draw something during my downtime.
Fans of my pet portraits will see a small puppy portrait. The puppy is a new puppy of a friend of mine. The puppy doesn't have a name yet, but my girlfriend and I are lobbying for his name to be 'Monkey'.
It's always fun to sketch, but I mainly love looking back at old sketchbooks and seeing my improvement and remembering all the old stories that they tell. One day these new sketches will bring me a smile.