December 17, 2014
December 04, 2014
November 28, 2014
November 18, 2014
What a delight. Soon after I visited the Rubin Museum of Art for the first time, Fernando showed me his sketches. There was the the statue that I photographed. How could anyone miss it? Virupaksha, the Guardian King of the West (China, 17th-18th century, Qing dynasty. Clay, polychrome, and stone with wooden base and interior armature).
November 10, 2014
November 02, 2014
With a powerful sweep of her arm, Alexa conveys the model's muscular physique. Yet, mortal strength does not make a portrait. The lesson is to soften the pressure of the charcoal. Caress the face. It seems so simple, and then it happens - the eye recedes into the shadows - and we are drawn into the model's contemplative gaze.
With little effort, Robin flexes her wrist to draw a contour. Yet, when it comes to shadows, she gouges out each hidden crevice with rock-hard determination. Frustration shows. Then, with few minutes left in the pose, she sees it for herself: The light - and the way it so clearly defines the other eye.