THE PATH TO MASTERY

Mastery requires comprehending a multitude of ideas simultaneously. Since one’s conscious brain can only understand one thing at a time, this task becomes the province of one’s subconscious. For the Draughtsman, this means the establishment of a knowledge vault filled with a vast resource of material. At the core of this subconscious knowledge base resides […]

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Navigating The Drawing Process

Getting back to ‘R.U.D.I.M.E.N.T.S.,’ we have arrived at ‘N,’ which is a placeholder for ‘Navigation.’ The creative journey is never-ending; the goal is ‘Mastery’ which is elusive, undefinable, and rarely attained. The path is long and the treck takes time, but time flies when you are having a good time.  ‘Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.’ […]

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FORESHORTENING

Believable ‘aspective’ views’ play a major role in foreshortening. When the two methods the Old Masters used to solve the problems of extreme foreshortening are revealed, the novice is baffled to no end. The Master draughtsman has two basic methods of dealing with extreme foreshortening. Method Number One: They ‘eliminated‘ it. Method Number Two: They […]

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ASPECTIVE VIEW

The late Myron Barnstone may not have invented the word ‘aspective’ but he certainly expanded and cemented its meaning. The word ‘aspective‘ seems to have been coined to describe Ancient Egyptian art. The Ancient Egyptians depicted the most recognizable aspects of things. The Egyptians depicted various parts of their subjects to provide the most recognizable […]

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HOG BRISTLE BRUSHES

The Society of Figurative Arts’ mission here is to support product lines that maintain a focused commitment to the professional artist. TSoFA has been examining the characteristics of hog bristle brushes for the professional oil painter. These tests have taken several weeks, here are the observations. The top manufacturers of professional-grade hog bristle brushes, in no particular […]

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The Aesthetics of Anatomy

We often encounter naysayers when it comes to the importance of anatomy for the artist. This is common advice from the mimesis minions. At face value, it is easy to scare the novice into believing that knowledge of anatomy will hurt their drawings. It appears far to medical, to complicated, and to Latin. To aide […]

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MASTERPLAN FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP IN SAN ANTONIO

DATE: 2/7/2020 – 2/9/2020  COST: $425.00 LOCATION:  The Coppini Academy115 Melrose PlaceSan Antonio, Texas 78212United States CONTACT INFO: 210-530-8445 Building a successful drawing starts with having a clear blueprint. This step-by-step P.L.A.N. has been used by the world’s greatest Masters for over six centuries.  Michael will provide attendees with a MASTERPLAN BLUEPRINT FOR DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE. […]

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RAPHAEL PARIS CLASSIC BRUSHES

TSoFA has been examining the characteristics of hog bristle brushes for the professional oil painter. These tests have taken several weeks, here are the observations. The top manufacturers of professional-grade hog bristle brushes, in no particular order, are Escoda, Raphael, Isabey, and Da Vinci. We have included other manufacturers in the past, but recent acquisitions […]

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DISEGNO

The Society of Figurative Arts uses the word Disegno to refer to both Designing and Drawing much as the Renaissance Italians did. They recognized Drawing as classical design, a position we share. The system of Disegno used by Leonardo and discovered in the writings of Vitruvius 80-70 BC (The first Roman Architect) lead to Leonardo’s […]

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RIGHT SIDE – WRONG HEADED

The word brain was left off intentionally because this book cuts ones brain out of the equation. The premise of Ms. Edwards notorious little book is that the Right-Side of our brain is not cluttered up with analytical, reasoning, decision-making functions, i.e., the thinking, creative stuff like the left-side is. (Never mind that the science […]

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