The drawings above are quick studies done in acrylic on watercolor paper with a bit of white pastel for accents and highlights. I do them to capture the essence of subjects I plan to paint in oil. When working in black and white, I can focus purely on form, value and gesture, getting to the root of what makes the subject unique. I reduce all of the elements in the composition down to their most basic shapes and forms, the trees, cars, buildings and shadows are all simply forms made up of sub-forms in a range of values. I completely forget what I am drawing and focus purely on those sub-forms and getting their shapes and values correct.
I teach this method of drawing in my Expressive Drawing workshops and courses. I am offering both a workshop and a 10-week class on the subject. To register for the workshop, which will be held on Jan. 11 at the Martinsville Studio, call 732-667-5328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fee is $100 for the full-day workshop from 10am to 4pm.
If you are interested in the 10-week course, it will be held at the NJ Visual Arts Center beginning in mid-January. The class is held on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3pm. To register, visit the art center’s web site at http://artcenternj.org/instructorclasses.php?id=191 or call 908-273-9121. Registration fee is $225 for members or $255 for non members.