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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine September 2018

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.
fashion statements

From Grand Manner portraits of the 18th century to carefully composed selfies by Instagram influencers, fashion and art have long been intertwined. In this issue we trace some of the many intersections between fashion and fine art and celebrate artists who have made clothing a key part of their work. We explore how the fashion industry communicates through illustration and photography (page 60). We learn about the career of Miles White, a draftsman and designer who had the challenging task of designing circus costumes that were ever more spectacular (page 84). Clothing of a more everyday variety is a key element in the multifigure compositions of Mary Henderson (page 78). Fashion is particularly important to portraiture, and we offer instruction in painting fabrics and faces—two key components of this genre (pages 36,…

1 min.
contributors

HELEN OH TUTORIAL: “DEPICTING DRAPERY” Helen Oh studied at the School of Visual Arts and the National Academy of Design. She holds a B.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago. For a decade, as a gilder and paintings conservator, she participated in the treatment of Dutch and Italian Old Master paintings for private collectors in New York City. For more information, visit cargocollective.com/helenoh or coolredwarmblue.blogspot.com. BENJAMIN RILEY “THE BIRDS AND THE BEASTS: BRITISH SPORTING ART” Benjamin Riley is the associate editor of The New Criterion, a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life. He received his M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, in London, where he wrote his dissertation on the Scottish architect Robert Adam’s masonry bridges. His writing has appeared in The New Criterion and The Georgian Group Journal. He lives in New York…

2 min.
salvador dalí larger than life

“THE CONSTANT TRAGEDY OF LIFE IS FASHION.” SALVADORE DALÍ in a game of free association, the name Salvadore Dalí (1904–89) might elicit the response “mustache” or “watches.” The first refers to Dalí’s iconic mustache, waxed wire-thin—an organic fashion accessory. The latter alludes to his most famous painting, The Persistence of Memory, with drooping watches in a parched landscape. Playing psychology-based games seems appropriate for an artist known for Freudian explorations into the subconscious through Surrealist paintings and a host of other media. At one point he declared, with arguable legitimacy, “I am Surrealism.” In fact, his persona might be said to comprise scenes from a surrealist drama, complete with costuming. One can imagine an afterlife gathering of friends and colleagues sharing their favorite Dalí stories. Art dealer Julien Levy, responsible for Dalí’s…

2 min.
black goes with everything

often thought of as a solemn color—think graduation gowns, funeral attire, judges' robes, you get the picture—black is deeply expressive. After all, it wouldn't be the go-to color for life's big occasions if it weren't. Although many art instructors advise their students to avoid using black altogether, as it can easily overpower a painting, the color has been essential to art since humans first started making marks. It was one of the first colors used in cave paintings, with charcoal being among the easiest media to produce. The constraints of technology meant that, for thousands of years, most printed media was in black-and-white. Artists contended with this reality by creating designs that worked with this limitation, breaking up shadows with techniques such as cross-hatching. Kubo Shunman's appropriately titled Black (below)…

2 min.
go with the flow

“artists may be among the last people who can focus on something without having to check their phones every five minutes,” Suzan Colón says when considering the ways artistic and mindfulness practices intersect. “Ability to concentrate is becoming endangered due to tech and its effect on our brains.” On a more hopeful note, she adds, “Meditation strengthens focus.” Colón speaks from experience in both worlds; she’s a multi-hyphenate force with a background in yoga (certified instructor) and writing (former senior editor of O, The Oprah Magazine), as well as art. Born to an interior-designer mother and comics-legend father (artist Ernie Colón, known for his work on Casper and Richie Rich, among other series) and further influenced by a painter stepdad, Colon grew up surrounded by art. That doesn’t mean the relationship has…

4 min.
find your yoga

Whether you have a daily physical practice of some kind, you intend to exercise but usually don’t or your physical movement is limited, there is a form of yoga for you. The key is remembering that any movement done mindfully can be thought of as yoga—the union of mind, body and breath. By bringing focus to your movements, even movements that are visualized, you can create your own asana [yogic movements] practice, no matter your age, fitness level or physical condition. If you already have a physical practice, whether yoga asana or another kind, begin today to bring mindfulness to your movement. At the gym, throw a towel over the screen on the treadmill or stationary bike and bring your attention to how the movement makes you feel, physically and mentally. And…