May 31st, 2015
Along with being place to discuss my recent work, this blog is created for all those who share a love of drawing and are enticed by the potential of a blank piece of paper, canvas, or board to create a unique work of art. Why the Beautiful Line? As a long time professional illustrator, artist, and instructor, I still believe that the most powerful tool for image making is the simple pencil, pen, or brush. In an era of fantastic advances in digital arts with the power to create new worlds of amazing realism, the pencil drawing remains an exquisitely elegant tool for expressing thoughts and ideas. Whether traditional or digital, drawing for me will always be an exploration of the power of the beautiful line and its impact on my art.
The art I post here is are part of an ongoing visual conversation that started back in 1982 with my first airbrushed illustration for McNamara Associates, Detroit's biggest commercial art studio at the time. I used cell overlays and an "Exacto" knife to cut frisket masks. Years of working like this caused me to develop an illustration style based on clean curved shapes that anticipated the introduction of vector graphics software like Adobe Illustrator. My jazz portraits and more recent botanical illustrations are some of the more recent expressions of this evolving style.