Eleven Drawings

Posted on November 22, 2016

Here are eleven charcoal drawings done from life; done a few years back. The first eight below are studies, made during figure drawing sessions with my students. The final three were drawn in my own studio, as explorations of themes that I would develop further: a figure in an interior, a magnolia branch, and a self-portrait.

Neil, Standing. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches.

Neil, Standing. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches. Collection of Thuan Vu.

Reclining, Knees Up. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29.

Reclining, Knees Up. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29.

Reclining, Twisted. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29 inches.

Reclining, Twisted. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29 inches.

Torso Study. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29 inches.

Torso Study. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 23 x 29 inches.

Torsion. 2009. Charcoal and white pastel on tan paper. 20 x 26 inches.

Torsion. 2009. Charcoal and white pastel on tan paper. 20 x 26 inches.

JK Asleep. 2008. Charcoal on paper. 16 x 22 inches.

JK Asleep. 2008. Charcoal on paper. 16 x 22 inches.

JK Seated. 2007. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches.

JK Seated. 2007. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches.

Young Man With Curly Hair. 2006. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches.

Young Man With Curly Hair. 2006. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 23 inches.

Young Woman in Armchair. 2009. Charcoal and white pastel on paper. 17 x 19 inches.

Young Woman in Armchair. 2009. Charcoal and white pastel on paper. 17 x 19 inches.

This drawing was a preliminary idea for a painting. You can just see, behind the figure, the outlines of the fireplace mantel that is in my studio. The theme–a figure in an interior–was new to me then, and I finally pursued it wholeheartedly three years later in the painting Solitaire.

 

A Single Magnolia Branch. 2004. Charcoal and white pastel on paper. 19 x 25 inches.

A Single Magnolia Branch. 2004. Charcoal and white pastel on paper. 19 x 25 inches. Collection of Nayef and Prema Samhat.

This branch came from a neighbor’s tree. The study led me to a more polished composition, Study for Magnolia Grandiflora, and then to a painting, Magnolia Grandiflora. That painting is now on exhibit at the Delaware College of Art and Design, in the Zeuxis exhbition, The Unstilllife. The show will be there until January 14, 2017. It travels to New York City after that, to open at the Painting Center on February 28.

 

 

Self-Portrait With Big Sweater. 2003. Charcoal on paper. 20 x 19 inches.

Self-Portrait With Big Sweater. 2003. Charcoal on paper. 20 x 19 inches.

This self-portrait was done thirteen years ago. Depicting my own image, from life, staring into a mirror, is an endeavor that I mostly pursue in drawing, and only rarely in painting. It’s a great way to practice my portraiture skills without having to schedule a model, or worry that I might offend a sitter. I was aiming to capture expressive movement in this drawing, as if I was turning to speak to the viewer. Looking at it years later, I realized that the sweater was so voluminous, that I found it comical–thus the title.

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  1. From Diane Arnson Svarlien on December 6, 2016

    very nice drawings, Sheldon!

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