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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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Looking for inspiration for doing some new figure work I went to a wonderful blog called Life Sketcher, one of my favorites. http://jeanmariedrouet.blogspot.com/ If you scroll down a bit on this blog you'll see some stunning ink thumbnail studies. Jim does a beautiful job of catching the essence of the figures in these studies without getting encumbered with any detail.

One trick for doing this is to use a drawing tool that is relatively large compared to your paper. You can use a thick pen and make a tiny drawing (as I have done in these two studies) or work on larger paper using a fat marker or maybe a crayon the size of your thumb. The point is to be unable to render detail, which then forces your eye to see only the most important shapes.

Mar.2 2010 SF


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Thomas said...

Really excellent work. Thank you for sharing your talent and tips. You have inspired me to start drawing again.

geraldo roberto da silva said...

It's good! Expressive!

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A Brush with Color said...

I SO need to practice using huge brushes to keep me from "niggling." Such good advice. These are delightful, loose and so fresh.