Nitram Works Wonders, Even with Pastels!

Posted 22 Aug 2014 | Charcoal Technique, Nitram

John Philbin Dolan, our Featured Artist, recently completed a demo at The Pastel Society of New Mexico. Shortly afterwards he received the following email from an attendee as well as the membership chair.: Hi, John – First, thank you for the demo at the Pastel Society of New Mexico. (Now I understand what an atelier […]

Working on Drawing Surfaces

Posted 04 Aug 2014 | Art Materials, Artwork

Drawing can be done most anywhere, but a smooth surface and comfort are important factors. There’s nothing worse than getting a stiff neck or a sore back, or finishing a drawing only to find the perspective is off. Worse, if the drawing surface has even the slightest nick, and you draw over that nick, the […]

Charcoal Portraiture: Window on the Soul

Posted 21 Jul 2014 | Artwork, Charcoal Technique

The incredible fluidity of charcoal lends itself beautifully to the high degree of subtlety obligatory to a faithful portrait.

Painting with Charcoal- Yes! You Can

Posted 07 Jul 2014 | Artwork, Charcoal Technique

When spring finally begins to wake from a winter’s sleep, it really sparks my creativity.
It’s also a time of experimentation and I like to push myself to the limits.

The Life Drawing Environment: Prepare, Familiarize, Acclimate

Posted 30 Jun 2014 | Charcoal Technique, The Basics

Figure drawing class, properly run, should feel welcoming and inclusive, warm, safe, and subdued: a sanctuary of peace, quiet, and unpressured concentration.

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