On the drawing board: Freda (update 5)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing update number 5, of the cat Freda, using a General 9xxb pencil.
Freda’s coat is deepened by using a layer or two of a Kimberly 9xxb graphite pencil . I discovered the technique when I was looking for a way to create more contrast, and reduce the “shine” that regular graphite pencils make on paper. J. D. Hillberry suggested this pencil as a way to remedy that.

Freda's coat is starting to come together now. I start to show the dramatic lighting by beginning work on the blinds, plus her shadow. She is relieved to actually have a place to sit now!

What words do you use to describe yourself?

Searching for the right word to describe yourself can be a challenging endeavor. -Illustration: Michael Brugh, for the South Bend Tribune
Searching for the right word to describe yourself can be a challenging endeavor.
-Illustration: Michael Brugh, for the South Bend Tribune

Master painter Jack White points out that how you describe yourself can easily follow you around, define your life, and your work trajectory. Check out his latest article:

Describe Yourself

by Jack White

Be truthful with yourself in coming up with the words that best tell us who you are. Above all, make sure people think of you as a LOVING HUMAN who cares for your fellow mankind. […]

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http://faso.com/fineartviews/87630/describe-yourself

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On the drawing board: Freda (update 4)

Graphite drawing of Michael Brugh.
Update number 4. I lightly filled out the rest of her fur, and began defining the window sill.

Freda now has a complete coat, except for the fact that it is a bit light. I'll accent that more later. At this point, I wanted to start to tie in the background to her, so I started building up the window sill with a combination of an HB woodless pencil and a 2H.

A painting without light has no life

Photo Credit: Jack Skipworth via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: Jack Skipworth via Compfight cc



Another gem of an article from artist Jack White. How you paint light can make or break your piece, and quite possibly help your career along the way.

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Sluggish Sameness
by Jack White
I leave you with this challenge. Discover what light can do for your work. Take the dare to shed sameness and climb to the top of the heap. What do you have to lose by trying? You have much to gain. When you are successfully able to work light into your originals you will stand out for exceptional achievement. Believe me, if I can learn then anyone can. […]
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http://faso.com/fineartviews/67578/sluggish-sameness
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On the Wings of Art (exhibit)

The Sun Herald described it this way:

Art lovers gathered Friday at the Jolly McCarty Depot Art Gallery, 504 Yon Ave., Pascagoula, for the opening of the Singing River Art Association’s spring art show titled “On the Wings of Art.”

Artists from across the Coast and beyond entered the show to compete for monetary prizes and awards. The show is on display during regular gallery hours through May 17. Judge for the show was Joan Daughtery, a well-known artist from Mobile, who also teaches art at her gallery.

I am grateful to Joan and the Association for choosing my painting entitled “Fishing Buddies” for the Excellence in Realism Award. Here is the painting: