Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Carriera, Copley, Chardin, Oh My!

Young Lady of the Le Blond Family
13.4"  x 10.6"
Rosalba Carriera [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

This looks good. For those interested in pastel's historical development.

Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe
May 17, 2011–August 14, 2011

Brightly hued, highly finished, and relatively large in scale, pastels in the 18th century were regarded as a type of painting and displayed like oils. The powdery, vibrant crayons are particularly suited to capturing the skin tones and evanescent expressions...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Head Games

Sketch, Head
Copied from a book
@ 9" x 7"
Charcoal and Chalk
Casey Klahn

This image was one of four 10-minute sketches of heads that I did the other evening to celebrate cleaning my studio. I was reading Drawing magazine, which is one of my guilty pleasures.  The idea here was the head as a cube in perspective.  I am also guilty of taking this from Ned Mueller, as I saw his great drawing in one of my coffee table art books.  Consequently, it will never be for sale.