The Fine Line: A Close Look at Five Contemporary Silverpoint Drawers

Because silverpoint drawings invite us to come close and examine them carefully, here is a close-up look at several masterful contemporary silverpoint drawings.

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Understanding Anatomy: Drawing the Neck

The neck is the pedestal upon which the head rests. It not only holds the head upright and in place but also allows it to rotate, tilt, flex, and extend so that it can locate and respond to crucial auditory, visual, and olfactory information.

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Drawing Solutions: Drawing the Arm

Some of the most poignant moments in the visual arts involve arms. I think immediately of Jahweh’s extended arm from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, about to transfer the spark of life to Adam’s exanimate one; or of Daphne’s arms beginning […]

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The Intimate Paintings and Drawings of Mark Karnes

Maryland artist Mark Karnes paints everyday scenes by sketching value studies in ink or watercolor then slowly painting in oil or acrylic without a detailed preparatory drawing.

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“The Erotic Frigidaire”: The Académies of Pierre-Paul Prud’hon

Prud'hon drew from the figure throughout his career, and now those "académies" anchor his reputation. How did he draw such stunning figure studies?

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Understanding Anatomy: Drawing the Ear

The term ear generally refers to the whole complex sense apparatus that detects sound. This organ is composed of a cartilaginous outer ear that catches sound waves, an air-filled middle ear that turns these sound waves into vibrations, and a liquid-filled inner ear that converts these vibrations into nerve signals.

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Understanding Anatomy: Drawing the Leg

Our legs are the pillars upon which we stand. They afford us independent mobility, and our ability to walk, run, and jump is synonymous with our sense of personal autonomy. To use legs expressively in our work, we have to be able to draw them in a multitude of positions and from every possible angle. In order to do this, we must first understand the structure of the leg, both inside and out.

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Framing: Professional Artists Tell All

Artists from around the country weigh in on how they go about framing their pictures, as well as how they sort out the cost of doing so with their galleries and clients.

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The Emergence of Tonal Drawing

Tonal drawing—the juxtaposition of relative values, the notion of seeing masses rather than outlines—more closely replicates the way humans see than do lines. This emotional way of depicting the world has been explored since Leonardo; modern artists have mastered it.

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1,001 Body Parts: Anthony Panzera and the Fine Art of Selectivity

The numerous small drawings in this series together make a grand statement about the human body—and an artist's discerning view of it.

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