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I included information about my process of working on antique dictionary pages on my blog a long time ago - it all begins with a sepia ink drawing on the page. I have always loved to draw so this stage is my favorite.
I believe these ink drawings could stand alone without adding any color but I continue to paint each piece to have a unified series of my work.
One of the challenges of this stage in my work is composing my drawing around the definition on the page. A lot depends on the placement of the definition - if it is high, left or right or smack-dab in the center of the page. I particularly love finding an illustration already on the page to feature inside or around my drawing.
I think drawing skills are essential to creating all kinds of arts whether it be painting or sculpture or what have you. I emphasize it in my classroom and have developed a curriculum that can teach anyone to draw. I rely heavily on the art teacher's Bible "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by the late, Dr Betty Edwards. I think anyone can learn to draw if they want to.
These are some new pieces I am preparing for my upcoming OKC show over Memorial Day. I like to draw most of the new work then drag out my color media to conquer the next stage in the process. I can easily draw at my desk at school while my students are working and use the work to provide some technical instruction for my students.