For the last few weeks I've been taking note on what people are bringing to the session to draw on. Everything from a sketchbook to a computer.
We've had a few situations where I've noticed that the artist just didn't know what to expect and didn't bring enough paper to work on.
I want to go over a typical session for someone who is working in a dry medium such as charcoal, pencil or pastel.
The first half of the session is quick studies and gestures. You'll be going through quite a bit of paper here. depending on how large you draw or the size of the paper you're working on you should go through anywhere from 8-12 pieces of paper, newsprint or what have you.
The long pose should be 1 pieces but you may want to start over or move around half way through.
So stock up on the paper you need. If you want to leave a large pad of newsprint feel free. If you give me enough time I could always pick up a pad for all of you bike riders who come. We'll keep them safe and put your name on it.
See you on Tuesday or Thursday nights.
20 of my pieces will grace the walls of the National Pastime Theater for the rest of the month of July. If you are going to a show there (http://www.npt2.com/) maybe you'll just have to pick one up!
The show is part of their Naked July festival. I'm glad to be a part of it.
The recent show we had at TOJO featuring the studio artists was written up the in CAC News.
The image posted was the one printed along with the article.
Below is a transcript of the article:
1418 W Division St.,
June 5-30, 2009.
Furniture designer and sculptor Trevor 0'Neils "Bistro Chair," looks like something you'd find in a kitchen or outride ot the numerous fast food haunts in a city famous for them. It's like a picnic bench, but still designer enough to have in your home.
The VOOM exhibit at the TOJO Gallery (1418 W Division St.) features new work by local artists O'Neil, Mark Verwoerdt. Michael O'Briant and Aaron Miller. Their individual specialties range from furniture design to conventional painting.
This group exhibition explores the relationship between raw material, the elements, illustration, fantasy and design-forward green furniture. O'Neil's furniture piece was created using discarded materials. Constantly on die look-out for anything that can be used to mike functional furniture in a way that is environmentally responsible, O'Neil creates tables, dining collections, DJ turntables, wall sculptures and benches.
Illustrator Aaron Miller's pieces are the best of the exhibition. Miller's "Coming in Hot" is like a panel out of a post-apocalyptic graphic novel. The colorful piece features a woman firing a massive, futuristic weapon amid a backdrop of a red sky, smoke, explosions and massive tank-like vehicle. Miller's other pieces follow an almost medieval theme of winged warriors and deformed creatures existing in a time not of your own. On his website (www.aaronbmiller.com), he states that his interest in fantasy art began as a kid and he couldn't stop collecting and painting Dungeon and Dragon miniatures. Miller admits he "just loved the minis and the art from the books."
O'Briant's work shows that he is an artist who relies heavily on his memory and earlier observations. His pieces in this exhibition are images that attempt to create and capture emotions. O'Briant uses his own brand of painting methods, such as freezing and dry brushing, to achieve this.
Verwoerdt's "Bow" is an example of his focus on layering drawings and paintings with an emphasis on figurative work. Physicality, materiality and age are important components of his life-like images. Verwoerdt's work has been influenced by a deep study of classical Italian art and inspired by Robert Longo and Lucien Freud among others. Always expansive, Verwoerdt's work beckons appreciation for the physicality of his drawings. The time signatures and layers of mark-making are evident in his work.