Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jane Fine - Drawings and Pours

The Drawing Program at the University of South Carolina is thrilled to welcome artist Jane Fine as our visiting artist this week.  Jane's work exemplifies the notion of a hybrid drawing practice, moving fluidly between ways of making on the page, resulting in a raucous tumble of visual thought.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Temple of Dendur - Hand-drawn Animation at the Met

This October, I had the pleasure of designing and running a drawing workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as part of the International Drawing and Cognition Conference, hosted jointly by Columbia University Teachers College, the Drawing Research Network, and the Met. Here is one of the resulting animations from our session:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WWW Drawing Workshop

The WWW Drawing Workshop, held at Penn State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from March 29-31, 2013, yeilded this brilliant video from Virtual Beauty.  Instant inspiration at:

WWW Drawing Workshop: Penn State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Virtual Beauty on Vimeo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Open Source Drawing Software

From Skencil to Inkscape, open source drawing software has been in our midst for years, with dozens of variants on the theme, and hundreds of code contributors worldwide.  One among many, Alchemy offers "an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way."  As alternatives to Illustrator or Photoshop, most come up a few tools shy of satisfying, but as screen-based sketchbooks, they are great to have in the mix.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Drawing Suite

Reading as a curated website that captures the sleek and transdisciplinary flavor of contemporary drawing, The Drawing Suite brings together an array of drawing talent from across Europe, with an Irish focus.  Profiled artists include Brian Fay and his stunning drawings of cracked masterworks, and the alluring digital drawings of Kate Smith.

Fay's Vermeer Lady Writing a Letter with Maid

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Gap in Time and Shameless Self-Promotion

While tempted to apologize for a lapse in blog, I defer to Cory Archangel's compilation of delinquent blogger's excuses instead.

I am currently an artist in residence at the Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and working on a new series of drawings that reference the architectural features of this industrial neighborhood in transition.  There will be an open studio and reception on July 12, from 6-9.

The drawing below was started in the Columbia studio, but has changed to reflect the color and texture of Brooklyn in summer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Big Ball of Drawing

It reminds me so much of The Prisoner, but with a graphic twist! See full coverage of Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s Ada, here, with more here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Elizabeth Hoak-Doering

The range of work produced by Elizabeth Hoak-Doering is sweeping and thoughtful, with drawing residing both at the core and on the periphery, depending on the project at hand.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Caleb Coppock

Today's quest for champions of transdisciplinary drawing yields Caleb Coppock.  From his exquisitely-rendered Compost Drawings to the Graphite Sequencer project, Coppock is playing some gorgeous games with mark and layer, sound and light.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kids Draw the News

Fairly freshly launched by the good people at the NYT, Kids Draw the News is just what it sounds like - people under twelve making graphic renderings of current events, to be submitted to the New York Times' City Room blog.  Each assignment is based on one NY-local news-worthy episode; parents are encouraged to read the article along with their children to put the news in context.  This week, we have the "Pharaoh Bloomberg Incident" in which an unabashed poke at the Mayor caused the head of the City Council to "get mad and walk out" of a wage rally. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For the Love of Detail

This April, in lieu of late valentines cards, friends keep sending me links to Google Art Project. If you have not yet given it a go, it's kind of like looking through a very intimate telescope at the moon - you know it's a luscious round rock in the sky, but once you see the craters, you fall in love all over again.
is but one collection among many, but the preponderance of drawings gets the link.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sun K Kwak

Sun K Kwak translates the bodily gesture through masking tape, drawing space with bold lines directly affixed to the wall.

I was lucky enough to share gallery space recently with Sun, in Drawing Beyond, a group show in Princeton, NJ, curated by Marsha Levin-Rojer.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Commerce, We Have Arrived

Next week in Paris begins the sixth edition of the first international art fair dedicated exclusively to contemporary drawing. Drawing Now Paris brings together 82 galleries, in conjunction with a host of cultural events around the city.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Exquisite Corpse-ing at the MoMA

Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration opens Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and runs through July 9. I find it curious that whenever we do an exquisite corpse project in a class (usually once a term), there is as much fascination over the name as there is in the drawings that result. After reading this history of the practice, I like to think "Senegal Oyster" came in a close second.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Michael Namkung

I have been dancing around this (ha ha) with recent posts about the kinesthetics of full-body drawing; today begins a series of posts relating to people who unabashedly put the body at the center of their drawing practice.

Michael Namkung, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


In 12 Drawings a Day, Denis Chapon brings his sketchbook vibrantly to life.

12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour from Denis Chapon on Vimeo.

Some Thoughts on Process

In conjunction with an exhibition currently up at Colorado State University, I was interviewed about my thoughts on the drawing process. I have decided that interviews are much more enjoyable than writing artist statements - thank you CSU!

Monday, November 21, 2011

More on Dancing and Drawing

It seems to come up at least once a year, more often when I'm looking and listening more closely, this explicit connection between the danced and drawn mark. The latest on the radar is Dance/Draw at the ICA in Boston. Positing the connection of the body, mark, and space, this exhibition points to how bodily expression carries across mediums, taking us from the 1960s onward.

Thank you, Amy L. Powell for the ICA point!