Title: The Beginning
Size: 30 x 22 inches
Medium: Charcoal on paper
A new body of work always begins with realism. When I begin work with a new model I start with realism. As an artist you need to truly see what is in front of you before you can start seeing what lies beneath the surface of your subject. Expression and abstraction is best served through observation and study first. This is the first drawing I made of my friend Stephanie. She had never posed nude before. She came to pose for me because she loves art and wanted to contribute to my work. I like to let the models choose their own poses and by doing so the imagery is different and more natural. I believe in letting my sitters be themselves. In the past I have worked in my models home where I discovered that when a model feels secure a different kind of imagery and emotional quality can be had. Making someone feel comfortable at the studio can also have the same effect. This drawing is part of my ongoing intimate moments series.
This charcoal drawing is done on 140lb watercolor paper. The work is signed on the front by the artist. It comes accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.