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S. Petrov, age 13


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The Rose

Light & shadow, or tonality is one of the most challenging aspects of drawing realistic representations of subjects. It requires very precise control, and patience! Sheryl I. clearly has both!


A second light & shadow study by Sheryl I. of the statue of Venus.
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The Groundhog

Light & shadow is a key component of TEXTURE which is so very evident in this beautiful drawing by Milena G. Done on medium gray paper, the rich glossy coat of fur could not be appreciated without the interplay of light, shadow and texture.

Community Ed. Adult Student
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The Dancer

ARTISTS HAVE BEEN CAPTIVATED by the human form since charcoal and ochre drawings began appearing on cave walls thousands of years ago. Whether it’s our reproductive priorities or our fascination with the mechanics of bone and muscle—we love to see bodies portrayed in their splendor.

Sabrina S. made this drawing in the Manga 2 drawing class. It’s a very nice example of line-work and shading being used to highlight this briefest moment of tension, the dancer roughly “on-point,” off balance, with muscles taught and bulging. We can easily imagine her collapse just milliseconds later as she crashes to her heels in a struggle to maintain balance and poise.

I’m no dancer, but I can almost imagine the energy, and tension that Sabrina’s dancer controls in that frozen moment.

Oh, the Irony…

Students in the Mixed Media class were recently tasked with making a painting. A finger painting to be precise. No brushes. Oliver decided to make a “fingers” finger-painting.

See the sunlight falling on his open hand, with paint smudged fingers and dark shadows wrapping the backside of the thumb and wrist?
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