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Drawing Lesson No. 10

November 13 2020

Once again, we feel compelled to offer yet another bit of advice and instruction regarding the pursuit of drawing. If you have spent any amount of effort attempting to draw a picture at another’s request, you’ll soon discover a possible gulf betwixt them and you. Someone may ask you to draw a picture of a dancing couple, and you may well reply – ‘I’d be happy to draw that for you.’ This request could be the beginning of an enjoyable project with a beautiful outcome, as long as you remain calm and cool. Always remember the client usually has a vision as to how they expect the art will look. And since they already know your work style, they probably have expectations that the picture should look similar to other works you have previously done.

In some cases, your patron might attempt to scribble a drawing to show you their thoughts. Whatever the specific details are surrounding the project’s launch, you might think it wise to offer a preliminary sketch of your planned design. Be gentle with your client, patient, and understanding. Remember, everything in life is a work in progress.

Here is a preliminary sketch of our dancing couple entitled, ‘Let’s Dance”, with notes from the dear client. And if you like the sketch, perhaps you’ll like the final art also found here.

Quote of the Week

October 25 2020

“I look for trouble and I found it son
Straight down the barrel of a lawman’s gun
I tried to run but I don’t think I can
You make one move and you’re a dead man friend
Ain’t living long like this
Can’t live at all like this, can I baby?”

Jerry Jeff Walker, Song by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Quote of the Week

August 8 2020

“I try so hard to remember the things I want to forget.”
-Elvis Swift

BANANA

July 3 2020

A good friend, when seeing this work for the first time, exclaimed, ‘The funniest fruit!’ It may well be for all we know. Maurizio Cattelan most recently displayed a ripe banana duct-taped to a wall at Art Basel and titled it – ‘Comedian.’ In some ways, Andy Warhol’s 1967 Banana, first drawn for a Velvet Underground album cover, was humorous too. We are not certain our banana effort has anything to do with comedy; National Geographic Magazine originally commissioned it. Perhaps just the presence of the simple banana displayed as art elicits a chuckle or two.

A print of ‘BANANA’ by Elvis Swift is available upon request.

Message in a Bottle

June 30 2020

What would you do if you found yourself stranded on a deserted island?