Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Al Hirchfeild at the Boston Museum of Fine Art

Since I first saw his work, I have always had a love for the line work of Al Hirschfeld. His ability to capture the likeness of an individual with a minimal amount of elegant lines is breathtaking. A number of years ago I watched the documentary on him, The Line King, and I was surprised at how painstakingly slow he created the lines that appear to be so smooth and effortless.

Last month while visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Art, I saw my first original Hirschfeld. It was an illustration of the famous photographer Yousuf Karsh (seen below).


When given the opportunity I like to get close to art work to see details and how it was done. Again I was surprised at the line. In print his lines look so smooth and clean, but on closer examination (see below) you can see the sketchy quality and the fussiness of the line. 




This is an example of why knowing how your work will be reproduced is so important. It seems to me that Hirschfeld knew that when it is printed at a smaller size the line becomes more smooth. At some point, I hope to see more of his original drawings to check to see if this holds up with all of them.

If you do have an opportunity I would encourage a visit to the MFA in Boston and see the exhibit. Karsh's Photographs of iconic figures from the Golden Age of Hollywood are gorgeous, and you'll get to see the Hirschfeld Illustration as well. You can see more information and what else is on exhibit at the museum here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catching Up, Apple Picking


It as been rather busy at school so I haven't been able to find time to post these. I am trying to get caught up on so many things right now. I needed a few moments yesterday to get away from the stress of life, so I finally scanned in the drawings.

A few weeks ago I went with my oldest and youngest children to do some apple picking. It was part of my youngest sons preschool class. Above is a sketch of one of the women at the orchard explaining how apples grow to the children. He is the one standing in the baseball hat. It was a beautiful fall day. Grant was so excited to pick apples. 


They also had farm animals at the orchard so I too a few seconds to draw the sleeping pigs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sketches, Rick Riordan


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take my eldest daughter to a presentation by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus. The gathering was in celebration of the release of the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series. 

It was a good three hour drive to the Boston area. When we got there we waited in line for another two and a half hours. We had repurchased tickets, but we wanted good seats. It was surprising to be in a synagogue with hundreds of screaming 12 year old young women. I didn't think an author could have that kind of rock-star status. I am grateful my daughter has such a reserved demeanor. 

I was impressed by his humor and presentation skills. It was fun. He ended up talking more about the cover art work than the actual books. As an illustrator I found that interesting. 

Of course I took the opportunity to do a sketch of him while he spoke.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Day at the Boston Museum of Fine Art

The Visual Art faculty to all the first year students from the Visual Arts Department at Lyndon State College  to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. I took the opportunity to demonstrate sketching to the Animation and Illustration students while we were in the Impressionist Room. It was fun to see them take to sketching so quickly. While no one was around Degas Sculpture, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer I quickly sketched the room. When Someone came to look at it, I quickly drew them in before they moved on. 

I was also able to see a James Montgomery Flagg's print of the “I Want You” poster and J.C. Lyendecker's print of the US bond poster. It was incredible seeing them up close. I learned so much about their brush strokes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketches of Vermont



Over the Labor day weekend I spent some time eating at some great restaurants and sketching the towns. On Friday night Julia and I went to Newport and ate at The East Side Restaurant. It is located along Lake Memphremagog. The bottom sketch is the view of Newport form our table on the deck. I was grateful for the view of the lake, the beauty of the surroundings and more importantly the time with Julia.

On Monday, after picking up illustrations for this weeks Vermont Illustration Exhibit in Montpelier, I took my two daughters to The Skinny Pancake and we had two great dessert crepes. The top sketch is the view of the capital building from our table outside. It was a wonderful day with my daughters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vermont Illustrators Exhibit

Next Thursday, September 4th at 6 pm will be the opening of the exhibit, Vermont Illustrators, in the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College. 

This has been something I have wanted to do for a number of years. I am excited to finally see it come about. I am also thrilled to exhibit my work alongside some great illustrators. They have all been wonderful to work with.

If you are in the area and can visit please do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Bow Tie Guy


I have found it helpful to take a break from all that is needed to do and just draw something for the pure enjoyment of drawing.

I like to add spot illustrations that relate to my classes on the syllabi. It is my fun way of branding myself and my classes. I like to see if the students get the connection between the illustration and the course and it is just fun.

For years I have had an old sketch on my Portfolio and Senior Thesis syllabi that I just didn't feel was the right fit. While feeling overwhelmed with planning for the semester and other stresses, I took a much needed break and drew this out. It had been floating around in my head for some time and needed to get to paper.

I also find drawing elephants particularly challenging. Every time I think I have them down I realize there is something new about their form. They are fascinatingly awkward and odd.