Art Journey Portraits and Figures: The Best of Contemporary

Fact. good looks. event. Emotion.

The artists integrated in Art trip: images and Figures say they've got stumbled on all of this stuff and extra via their paintings. occasionally it's within the eyes. or maybe it's the trace of an expression that turns out to beckon one nearer, begging to percentage a mystery. perhaps it's the lean of a chin. Or the posture or stance of one's topic. yet in a good done portrait or determine? whatever designated, whatever certain that's at all times revealed--oftentimes approximately either the topic and the artist.

Covering a tantalizing diversity of types, the works inside of illustrate the various methods today's most sensible artists choreograph form, worth, line texture and colour into compositions that create drama, inform a narrative and pull the viewer in. that includes strange views, engaging contrasts and different dynamic layout components, Art trip: graphics and Figures can provide clean idea for artists of each ability point and medium.

• artwork and concept from 109 modern artists operating in charcoal, pencil, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard, pen and ink, and more
• 107 masterful works--the most sensible in portraiture and determine work--demonstrating a superb variety of styles
• specialist suggestions and suggestion and insights into the tales at the back of art

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On the sanded board I applied a hard pastel and turpentine underpainting. Using a limited palette of black, white, and warm and cool grays, I began my pastel by referencing my value study. Soft and hard pastels are layered to create the depth and the mood of the composition. The hard pastels over the soft pastels blended the edges and lightened the background. ” • KATHLEEN MCDONNELL THE EMBRACE. JAMES W VOSHELL Graphite pencils on paper / 48" × 20" (122cm × 51cm) I noticed this tree and vine along the roadside on one of my nature walks.

I found it quite interesting that a number of the contributors spoke about the parallels in art between physical (spatial) depth and emotional depth. Artist ARINA speaks of the limitations of the small flat surface plane, then adds, “But once I start, a miracle occurs and all the limitations have gone; there is neither a flat nor a limited surface anymore! ” David Hardy speaks of capturing the “life force” and “personal feelings" that are uniquely expressed by his model, though he employs a classical atelier technique that includes modeling the form with great sensitivity in order to create lifelike dimensionality.

A limited palette of acrylic washes including white were used over the markers, then final markers were used to accent and strengthen the drawing. ” • SHIRLEY CLEARY MORNING MIST. KATHLEEN MCDONNELL Pastel on Wallis sanded pastel board / 24" × 18" (61cm × 46cm) The mood of the landscape is far more important to me than specific details. After a heavy rain, early morning mist brings in its ambience. Trees always tell a story. I tried to create a soft, elegant, poetic mood through the graceful branches.

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