RidgewRobertDrawing for the ages

Ridge came to my studio for a quick sketch this morning.  He was a delightful model and his mom really liked the drawing.  Ridge was a very patient model for a 5 year old!

I really enjoy sketching from life and as I always tell my students, life is the best teacher you will ever find.  I’m always discovering something new, and I’ve done thousands of drawing  in my career.  One thing I always ask myself: how can I make this drawing unlike the thousands of previous drawings I’ve done?  It would be so easy to come up with a pat system, as so many quick sketch artists tend to do.

That’s why I’m so glad I came to quick sketch art later than sooner.  Most serious portrait painters start out sketching, graduating to oils later.  So when I approach a quick sketch, I’m trying to make art, rather than do just another nice sketch.

Below is the actual drawing.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wanted to capture the feeling of Ridge kind of slumping in the chair, relaxing comfortably.  That’s the first thing I saw when I looked up at him.


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