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Quote of the Week

September 23 2021

“It turns out I’m not paranoid after all.”

-Anonymous

Quote of the Week

August 28 2021

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

-Albert Einstein

Quote of the Week

August 5 2021

“A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don’t get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.”

Benoit Mandelbrot

Drawing Lesson No.11

August 4 2021

Once again, we feel compelled to advance the act of drawing and impart a few anecdotal tips to that end. Hence, Drawing Lesson No.11 is presented here forthwith. Our subject is the United States founding father and first president, George Washington. The purpose of the drawing was to create a picture of Washington as an as yet undiscovered historical document.

There are countless examples of drawings, paintings, and engravings of Mr. Washington to choose from and study his likeness for this exercise. I figure as long as you get certain aspects of a person’s likeness about right, you’ll capture their image sufficient to identify them. The simple ink drawing is pretending to be a quick sketch by an artist (perhaps Remington Peale) done in preparation for a final painting. As a last touch, if the likeness is not perfect, we put George’s signature on the tattered page so that there is no doubt as to whose portrait this is.

In conclustion:

  1. Find a tattered piece of paper.
  2. Get a bottle of ink and a pen.
  3. Draw a person’s portrait.
  4. Label the drawing with the person’s name, so there is no doubt the identity.

There you have it, drawing lesson No.11