Friday, October 30, 2015

Fingery Shadows

She has this bolt upright awareness that she is modeling, while also this pensive expression as though her thoughts are very far from the present.

Sitting on Stool

Emphasizing the sense of pressure imposed downwardly on the stool.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Man at the Bottom of the Stairs

I completed this as a demo for a workshop.  My wife liked it and wanted to keep it.  We keep it at the bottom of the staircase, so we tend to call it "Man at the Bottom of the Stairs"

Friday, October 23, 2015

Vine on Antique Paper

The paper from 1842 has a slickness in a way, but also beautifully accepts the charcoal and holds it.  Marks in graphite and charcoal both just glide on darkly with very little effort.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Awkward Legs

There is almost nothing there.  The awkward twist in the legs has that mark of something so authentic that you couldn't have made it up.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Profile on Antique Paper

Graphite on paper from 1842.  It has a very special feel to it, unlike anything I've worked on.

Dancing Back

I like the way the energy swings up from the pelvis and out through the top of the head.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Power in the Thighs

Gluteus medius and maximus, biceps femoris and quadriceps move together to pack a punch.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Favorite Drawing

I feel in many ways that I've never topped this drawing. It is not in the technique, the face or the body, just the proportion and movement of the shapes.  It just sets my soul right.  It's almost life-size.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Seated, Graphite

This model was the daughter of a student I had in the same class.  She is in some of my pregnant drawings also.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wacky Overlappy, Ancient Paper.

Antique ledger paper from 1842.  Works like a charm, but very brittle, and needs to be mounted on board asap.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Peter Pan in Conte

Portrait of a family friend in black and red conte.  There's a Peter Pan feel to it.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Triple Nude of a Math Teacher

This model is so cool.  She's a fifty-year-old high school math teacher, and I just think it's so rad that she's modeling for us.  Just think of the courage.  I usually do a three-graces interpretation thing with my figure drawing students each semester, and I loved this one.

Friday, June 12, 2015


I love the way this figure appears to have been thrown or pasted against a wall- wham!  I like the feeling of speed about it.  People keep trying to inform me that the breasts would not respond to gravity this way, but this is a faithful representation of the scenario and the model.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Underground Ringmaster

This model is a ringmaster for a local D.I.Y. circus.  Prismacolor pencils

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Three Furies

Executed as a classroom demo.  The model kept switching among three repeating contrappostos.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kurt Swayze or Patrick Cobain?

My student modeled for this (right), and he kept looking like different celebrities.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This girl looked like an elf.  Her ring finger was missing in real life.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Poached Deer

This baby deer was killed by teenagers in war paint and a monster truck behind the tattoo shop I was working at during that time.  I drew it until the Game and Fish Commission came to get it.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Almost Nothing

One of my all-time favorite gesture studies.  Just kind of nailed it right away.  Probably 5 minutes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pregnant Lady

This model cleaned our house for a year in trade for a mother/daughter portrait.  She also traded modeling time for this one I think.

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