Viewing a pastel portrait by Sharon Pomales is like peering through a door cracked open or wandering unnoticed into a room. Her intimate depictions invite even the most casual observer to linger and look more closely at a subject — a subject who may be unaware there’s an observer at all.Pomales prefers to paint her family, particularly her children.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could apply the keyboard’s “undo” shortcut to life? When we make a mistake, and all of us do, the first response should be to acknowledge and then correct it. Easier said than done, yes? When it comes to art, specifically figure drawing, it’s relatively easy to do. Because with Stan Prokopenko’s guidance, you can learn how to acknowledge the mistakes, and then how to fix them.
Whether it is to paint them, climb them, hike them or simply gaze upon them, people are drawn to the mountain landscape. In the August 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, we looked at artists who regularly turn to mountain scenery for inspiration. Sometimes the mountain itself is the main player in these painting compositions; other times, it plays a supporting role to other elements or themes on which the artist wishes to focus.
In my post, “The Shutter Speed of Our Eyes,” the shutter speed of a camera was compared to the human eye. Another feature of photography that can be compared to human vision is the aperture. A better analogy would be that the pupil of the eye is “equivalent” to the diameter of a camera lens and the iris of the eye is “equivalent” to the aperture of a camera.
An American Master and Drawing Was His ThingA few years ago, I left Manhattan and went to Manhattan — Kansas, that is. I was a bit wary as I landed in the midst of a harsh storm, but looked forward to seeing all the Midwest had to offer. During my trip, I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum, in Kansas City, Missouri, and rediscovered the work of Thomas Hart Benton.
Learn to Draw and You Will Never Be the SameGreat artists know that they can never afford to leave behind their drawing techniques if they hope to keep growing and refining their work. This goes for illustrators, architects, painters, sculptors, designers, even tattoo artists! Drawing is the backbone of art, allowing artists to not just see but record what they see in line and shading, contour and gesture.