On the drawing board: Freda (update 6)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing of Freda the cat, update number 6.
The blinds are now finished, and the shadows are developed on the window frame at the right. The illustration board I am using is helping to create its own texture.

Sorry I neglected to give you some attention on the blog, Freda. 🙂
Although I like the texture that my illustration board is producing, I am interested in using another paper texture for my next graphite drawing. J. D. Hilberry recommends Arches 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper. He says to use the reverse side of the watermark.

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!

Learn how to mix engaging grays

Grand Central Station Mosaic, © 2015 by David Dunlop.
Grand Central Station Mosaic, © 2015 by David Dunlop.

David Dunlop makes another essential point about effective painting, and that is, to master the use of mixing and painting grays. Jack White also made it a goal of his to master grays, in order to give the viewer’s eyes a place to rest, and keep the vibrant areas vibrant.

My key takeaway paragraph from David Dunlop’s post is this:

Let’s examine mixing colors to create luminous grays (or what is referred to as chromatic grays). A gray concocted from a triad of secondary colors and the use of white. They can be made to look warmer or cooler. These color based grays are usually more engaging than those made from black and white or Payne’s gray. Let’s see how it’s done by artists on their palettes and in their pictures.

Read the entire post here:
http://paintingclass.net/blog/chromatic-dust/

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.

Invisible Progress (Jack White)

Master artist Jack White imparts some sage advice while reminding us that progress often occurs even when you least detect its presence.

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Invisible Progress

by Jack White

Practice doesn’t make perfect. It takes perfect practice to see improvement. […] 

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http://faso.com/fineartviews/86605/invisible-progress

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Freda, update 2

Michael Brugh
Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

Why Artists Fail

The hidden sun. Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com
The hidden sun. Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Jack White, the master painter, has some great advice for artists about what to do to avoid failing to sell your art. One of the first things is so obvious, but true: No one can buy your art if it is not out there in the world for them to see.

I’m taking this article to heart. I’ve just listed my oil painting, “Fishing Buddies,” for sale on my brand-new shop. Just click on the Buy My Art link at the top of this blog. I’ll be adding more art in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, here’s Jack’s article:

How Artists Fail
by Jack White

If you don’t take control of your marketing then blame no one but yourself when you get old and can’t move through the studio because of stacks of unsold art. You must change your attitude or fail. […]

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http://faso.com/fineartviews/85327/how-artists-fail

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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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