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Artists Magazine April 2017

Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

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1 min.
lest we forget

WITH THE INTENTION OF paying homage to Holocaust victims by recording their likenesses and voices, artist David Jon Kassan joined forces with journalist Dan Maccarone and filmmaker Chloe Lee. The portraits and interviews constitute the Edut Project, which is destined for the Visual History Archive of the University of Southern California. Eerily real, the pictures bear witness, revealing not just the older person who presents himself to the artist but also the younger one who was forced to hide. We are proud of showcasing this important work (“Portraits of Survival,” page 40) yet saddened that horror and injustice have not vanished from this earth. The late Carrie Fisher’s advice, quoted by Meryl Streep at the latest Golden Globes Awards ceremony, is, as a consequence, everyday more true: “Take your broken…

1 min.
london

FIND THE PERFECT AIRBNB and plan your trip to London where the museums are vast and the views spectacular. From the new Tate Modern museum along the River Thames to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square; from the Natural History Museum in Kensington to the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, history and art will fill your days, while fish and chips at the historic pubs will fill your nights. Go to artistsnetwork.comfor more on what to do in London. PHOTO ABOVE AND PHOTO AT RIGHT BY MICHAEL WOODSON…

2 min.
“never work in your pajamas.”

On travel … “I rent apartments in cities that interest me. I was born and raised in Sweden, and moved to Stockholm at the age of 18 but haven’t been back since. I’ve lived in Prague, Berlin, London, Bologna, Rome, Milan and now Athens, Greece. I stayed in Italy for 12 years, and I’ve been in Athens for the past five years. I just live in cities I like and ship all of my stuff there. Of course, girlfriends are also part of the motivation. It feels like old-school traveling; you rent a house, set up a studio, study the language and get to know the country!” On passion … “I’ve had no formal art education, but I’ve always had passion and knew I wanted to be an artist. Before the…

2 min.
seeing the details

EYES HAVE ALWAYS FASCINATED ME; so much of our communication with others is expressed through eyes: emotions, moods and thoughts. The subject’s eye in a drawing even makes a strong statement when it’s barely visible or not looking directly forward. Ten years ago I started a series of graphite drawings featuring isolated eyes, which I called Through the Iris. Some of the drawings were quite large, 16x32 being the largest. The eyes were usually part of a somewhat surreal, narrative drawing. For the series, I not only observed the human eye but also studied it in a scientific way. I asked myself, why does the eye appear the way it does. The more knowledge you have about your subject, the more decisions you’re empowered to make about how to draw (what…

4 min.
drawing precisely in pencil

For the series, I not only observed the human eye but also studied it in a scientific way. I asked myself, why does the eye appear the way it does. The more knowledge you have about your subject, the more decisions you’re empowered to make about how to draw it.—ARMIN MERSMANN STEP 1: I start this drawing by making a very simple outline of the eye. I do use grids for drawings 16x20 or larger, but, between reference photos, a mirror and my knowledge of the anatomy of the eye, I can work from a minimal outline as long as I’m careful to get the exact shape correct. Once I have the major shape drawn, I work from that as I would a grid, using landmarks and angles. I start with…

4 min.
light up the night

AS AN ARTIST, I’ve always been drawn to strong light and its ability to bring drama to otherwise ordinary subjects, but it wasn’t until a trip with my daughter to Lincoln, Neb., six years ago that I recognized the potential night scenes offered. Our busy schedule disrupted my usual vacation practice of taking afternoon walks with my camera in search of strong cast shadows to shoot as painting references. Instead I was forced to snap my pictures at night in the city’s downtown area. While at first I assumed these shots would provide only a temporary sidetrack from my regular subject matter, I quickly came to notice the new appreciation they gave me for looking at the interplay of light and dark. Since that trip to Nebraska, I’ve made a point…