A youtube video explaining the major facial proportions for sculptors.
Pistrucci Artworks will be instructing again this year at the Metchosin International Summer School of Art
Here is the website and information:
for Bas Relief workshop information –
New work in Life Drawing study with a Chamois,/ red iron oxide pigment powder — 10 mins.
Marking the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo
“I am often asked whether we should not now, in these days of European unity, forget Waterloo and the battles of the past. My reply is, history cannot be forgotten and we need to be reminded of the bravery of the thousands of men from many nations who fought and died in a few hours on 18th June 1815 and why their gallantry and sacrifice ensured peace in Europe for 50 years” His Grace The Duke of Wellington.
18th June, 1815 marked a defining moment in history, the day that at the Battle of Waterloo Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, in collaboration with Prince Blücher and the Prince of Orange, sealed the fate of Napoleon Bonapart, ending the Napoleonic War and over 20 years of conflict in Europe. This day would bring over 50 years of peace and stability and decide the shape of the European continent for years to come.
The ability to command a broad spectrum of multinational forces behind a common goal was key to the outcome in 1815. June 2015 marks the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo and the legacy of the commemorations is centred on those intrinsic values of ‘Leadership, Respect, Enterprise and Cooperation’ that ensured a new era in Europe.
“I have been commanded to strike two Medals at the Royal Mint in commemoration of the battles of Les Quatre Bras and Waterloo; One, in gold, of the largest size, to embrace the exploits of the allied army under the Duke of Wellington the Prince of Orange and the Duke of Brunswick, and of the Prussian Army under Field Marshal Blucher. This Medal will probably be given to each of the sovereigns in alliance with the Prince Regent, to their ministers and generals.”
Ten days after the battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington proposed the creation of a commemorative medal. It fell to William Wellesley Pole, Wellington’s own brother to make the Duke’s vision a reality and he immediately commissioned not one, but two, medals. He asked members of the Royal Academy to submit designs for a bronze medal that would be given to all those who had served at Quatre Bras and Ligny and Waterloo, and a gold medal that would go to the Allied sovereigns, their ministers and generals. The medals were to be of the highest artistic merit and Pole invited the Royal Academicians to “show the world that this country is as superior in her taste as she has lately proved herself to be in the skill and valor of her arms.”
The world-renowned engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci, was assigned the task to design it. The result, the famous Waterloo medal, is celebrated not only for its mammoth dimensions, stunning beauty and historical significance, but also for the colourful story surrounding its development. It took Pistrucci more than 30 years to design the medal, but due to the complexity and the vast size of the medal it was never produced.
On 11th November at Apsley House, we will be joined by renowned historian and author, Peter Snow, CBE, along with members of the Pistrucci family, who will bring to life and recall extraordinary facts of the war that changed the future of Europe.
To order a free campaign medal ( postage required) click here:
Every once in a while you come across an exraordinary artist that inspires you. Peter Loebel is a master of figurative gesture and his style is breathtaking – His unique drawings are fresh and lively with a difference. He is a favourite artist of mine and an inspiration to life drawing enthusiasts and international art collectors!
You may visit his website and blog to view more of his beautiful artworks, for inspiration or to buy his work HERE:
Peter Loebel is an artist located in Victoria, BC, Canada
Born: 1961, Munich, Germany
2006 Farbspiel ,Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada
2014 Winter Salon XChanges Gallery, Victoria, BC , Canada
2013 Uncovered CityScape Community Art Space, Vancouver, BC , Canada
2013 Member Show , Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada
2012 East Side Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC Canada
2012 Defining the Elusive, Basic Inquiry Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada
Take heART – every artist has events in their lives that force them to quit – and often it becomes a significant turning point for them. They either drown in the struggle of daily life events or they strengthen their resolve to find a space in their lives for their art.
I am writing a list of tactical strategies to strengthen artists to keep on working – to take heART! Yes the kids need you! Yes you have to make dinner! Yes you work late! the garden! the lawn! the dishes! the laundry! your email! the blog! the inlaws! the shopping…the gym… are all important but you – your art – are important too.
1. take a sketchbook with you – buy an over the shoulder bag and outfit it with a small sketchbook, eraser and your favourite mediums for drawing, charcoal, pencils, pencil crayons, small watercolor set. Make it small enough that you can take it everywhere with ease! I am happy if I have a piece of paper and a pencil. If it is too large you are discouraged and will leave it at home and miss an opportunity to draw.
2. Use your phone camera to take pictures and work on your compositions. Everywhere and anywhere.Look at abstract lines and colors or things that amuse you.
3.Use your phone apps to draw. I have a note3 with a pen. I hardly ever use the pen because I prefer non digital work but its there. If you want convenience you do not even need your sketchbook. A good app to download is sketchbook mobile auto desk. Or for the technologically advanced artist check out this – cintiq wakom companion –
4. Discover the wonderful sites available to artists such as artists.pixelovely.com
OR Youtube has an amazing variety just search figure drawing tutorials or for figurative models to practice your drawing skills you can go to Croquis Cafe – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Croquis+cafe
You can also get instruction through very very talented artists like Glenn Vilppu or Stan Prokopenko (among many).
5. Search images on google and look at the amazing drawings of modern day artists and their styles, techniques and methods and incorporate them into your works.
6. If you absolutely cannot make it to a life drawing session – draw people around you in everyday life. Eating, sleeping, reading, watching tv, at the beach, coffee shop, doctors office, library….draw your garden, sketch your kids, your husband, your dog, your cat your hamster, your friends hamster.
7. Buy time with another equally frustrated artist – trade babysitting or gardening to allow time to work on your art.
8. Schedule at least one hour per week minimum to devote to doing your artwork – and do not waiver on your commitment. Even if you do one hour per week you are working towards building your skills and can work on increasing the time spent on your art.
9. Buy a good drawing magazine or cds and copy the masters drawings even if it is only a hand – 5minutes can make a difference. Allow yourself to draw something everyday! drawing-book
10. Access the many drawing manuals that are now online in pdf format from charles bargue or http://www.drawright.com/
And wonderful blogs –
11. Become a subscriber to the many valuable newsletters that will enhance your email inbox such as artist network or ceramics monthly!
12. Most of all have fun!! join a group a course or a class online or in your community. Give the world beautiful works of art. The purpose of our united CREATIVITY, imagination and skill is to connect with our audience not to compete with our peers! Other artist will give you techniques, strategies, ideas, inspiration and strengthen your spirit. Art is not a competition – it is our spirit our expression our way- each uniquely different.
‘Beauty appears when one feels deeply
Art is an act of total attention’ -Dorothea Lange
I hope some of these great FREE resources help – I find them to be a valuable and wonderful way to keep up my drawing skills and work on my composition.
And Happy Sketching Drawing Enthusiasts!!
Advice to Business leaders to think like artists that is advice to artists on business.