Sketch book

Joseph Dawson

FROM THE SKETCH BOOKS

June 15, 2019


SKETCHES AFTER JAZZ AGE POET AND ACRESS

This is a charcoal study done after a photo of Marjorie Leet who was an accomplished poet. She also performed in the Follies from 1923 to 1925. Charcoal is so enjoyable to work with. More coming!


June 15, 2019


SKETCHES AFTER JAZZ AGE NUDES 

Charcoal studies after some jazz age nudes.

June 15, 2019


STUDIES AFTER VANDERPOEL

Some more studies done in charcoal after Vanderpoel's own. Charcoal is fast suplanting my love for graphite.

June 15, 2019


STUDIES AFTER VANDERPOEL

THE "EYES" HAVE IT!

Here are some studies done in charcoal after Vanderpoel's wonderful drawings. I enjoyed doing them and it's excellent preparation for larger work. If you can manage the small stuff, you can usually handle a larger project.

April 11, 2019


SKETCHES AFTER JAZZ AGE PHOTO

This is a little graphite drawing of the Gish sisters who were introduced to the director D.W.Griffith in 1912 and successful film careers soon followed. Lillian once said of her sister: "I envy this dear darling Dorothy with all my heart, for she is the side of me that God left out."

April 11, 2019


SKETCHES AFTER VARIOUS MASTERS

Just a small series of sketches in charcoal and white chalk I got myself up to earlier this afternoon.

April 11, 2019


DRAWING FROM THE MODEL

This modest charcoal sketch was done after a pose by Charles Bargue. I like to do a sketch or two before I start painting. It's a little bit like stretching.

April 11, 2019


CHRISTIAN SEYBOLD

This is a sketch of Christian Seybold done in oils.on primed paper. I used a limited palette. The colours were Lamp black, Titanium white, Yellow ochre pale, raw umber and Quinacridon red

March 30, 2019


A CHILD'S HEAD

This little sight size drawing is one of the first drawings many students attempt when they first begin their drawing course.  It's not particularily beautiful or noble looking but it is a neat little exercise and fun to draw.


This was taken from a plate in Charles Bargue/Gerome's Drawing Course.

March 30, 2019


AFTER HOGARTH - SELF PORTRAIT

This is a small painting sketch I did after priming my sketchbook with a transparent primer over the initial sketch. Hogarth was an interesting man who was not only a painter but a printmaker and art theorist who campaigned to raise the status of artists and ensure their financial independence. This little painting is no larger than 4 by 5 inches.

March 30, 2019


AFTER JOHN RAEBURN

This study was done using raw umber, bone black, and titanium white on 300g paper which I primed multiple times.

 

Raeburn's paintings of people are wonderfully candid and naturalistic.  This particular study is after a painting he did of his son.

March 30, 2019


AFTER CORREGGIO

I have always felt that Ingres must have studied this painting before executing his own wonderful masterpiece…I’ll leave you to guess which painting I might be talking about!

March 8, 2019


THE CAPITOLINE ARIADNE

This sight size drawing after Charles Bargue comes from a cast after a full standing figure in the Capitoline Museum in Rome.  The subject was thought to have been at one time the mythical Ariadne of Greek legend but is now commonly considered to represent Dionysius.


Regarding the drawing itself, the shadow shapes had to be simplified in order to get at the larger forms and angles without getting lost in details.

March 8, 2019


THE BELVEDERE TORSO

When drawing something this complex it is important to find a good position for your plumb line. Organize your shapes along the vertical and then plot out your lines constantly checking for accuracy. The light coming in from the left emphasizes the halftones of the muscles and the whole surface is modeled. Now, I drew this in a sketch book whose dimensions are 7 by 10 inches so errors become immediately apparent when drawing at this size. It was a bit of a challenge but enjoyable.

March 8, 2019


GEORGIONI AND FRANS HALS

Georgione was both brilliant and enigmatic.  One can only imagine what this great artist could have given the world had he lived past his thirties.  As for the drawing here - the first of the two portrait studies above - it is a result of my fascination with the artist.


Below is a study of Frans Hals self portrait painted in 1611, a masterful work by a masterful painter, as seems to be the case with anyone coming out of the Netherlands at that time.

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