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Stan Fellows has been an illustrator for thirty five years, painting for magazines, corporate clients, and children's books. Clients from the past two years include: Martha Stewart Living, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic, Field & Stream, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYU, Notre Dame, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, (what’s with all the airlines?...) Kiplinger's, Arts & Antiques, Simon & Schuster, and for six years he has worked monthly for the Wall Street Journal's Friday wine column. In his native Minneapolis he taught watercolor painting and illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has also taught watercolor workshops in Iowa City, where he lives with his daughter.

Monday, January 4, 2010

I was going to do a demo of how to paint people in WC for a friend and suddenly had that awful thing happen where you forget how to draw.. (Yipes!!!..)
My solution when I "lose it" is to doodle. Don't think, don't scrutinize, just start marking up the paper, and sure enough your skills will return to you.
Here are the six pages from a recent tiny sketchbook (I scanned a quarter on one page to show size) I did recently to shake off my funk and get my groove back. The paintings are acrylic. I used an oversized brush so I wouldn't get all fussy and would be forced to paint very simple shapes.

Jan.4 2010  SF

1 comment:

A Brush with Color said...

I love "that awful thing where you forget how to draw." classic. Happens all the time. Good advice.