One of my photographs.

One of my photographs.

celestialstardustt said: Wow, i really love your work!! I have been trying to learn figure drawing this year, and looking at some of your pieces as well as reading some of your ask responses here has really helped! The charcoals are just great.


Thank you for your kind words about my work - they’re much appreciated. I’m glad my drawings and some of my answers have been helpful to you. I wish you all the best with your figure drawing adventures!

One of my figure drawings - charcoal on paper (20 minute pose).

One of my figure drawings - charcoal on paper (20 minute pose).

Anonymous said: I am going to my first figure drawing class soon and I'm really nervous. Do you have any tips?


Well, yes, I suppose so. If we were to meet in person, I’d be able to show you a few things, like how to hold your pencil (loosely, not like you’re writing a letter - try to get your whole arm into the motion, not just your wrist). I could also show you how to try to compose the picture (don’t worry about fitting the whole figure on the page - just find a part of the pose you find interesting and draw that part). Things like that. 
But since I’m here and you’re there, I’ll just write a few things off the top of my head. Such as: Don’t be afraid to try to draw hands and feet and faces. Even though they’re a bit more challenging, that’s okay - you’ll get better and better and your drawings will tell more of story. Also, remember that a single line can be full of expression - think about the quality of your lines. Try to sit or stand in a spot where you have an interesting perspective on the model. Don’t be afraid of foreshortened angles - they can seem tricky to get right (and they are), but are worth the effort. It may sound strange, but try find a balance of concentration and arousal - this is a good state of mind to be in.
There’s more, but that might give you some things to think about for now. Really, the main thing is just try to relax and have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to do this and most everyone eventually finds what works best for them. Good luck to you!

hhermosa said: Your work is beautiful. Your charcoal and pastels have such an organic feel to it... Truly admiring all that I've seen so far.


Thank you - that’s very kind.

"Imortelle" - one of my etchings, hand-colored with gouache and watercolor.

"Imortelle" - one of my etchings, hand-colored with gouache and watercolor.

Anonymous said: What type of paper do you use?


For my figure drawings, I mostly use Strathmore drawing paper (400 Series). I buy the 18” x 24” pads and trim the sheets down to about 18” x 11.5” - this seems a good size for me. I like the “tooth” of the paper, and that it’s slightly off-white.
My etchings are printed on Rives BFK etching paper - they make a tan colored paper that I like a lot. I try to make sure that all the paper I use is archival.
Thanks for asking.

One of my figure drawings - charcoal on paper (20 minute pose).

One of my figure drawings - charcoal on paper (20 minute pose).

exec-walls said: Usually excessive nudity as art bores me as an uninspired "shock-value" seeking mechanism. BUT your work expresses each individual piece of nudity in a vibrant & unrestricted way, which begs to ask the question "why the fuck do we even wear clothes."


Thank you. And I agree with you about clothing - whenever possible, I’ve always been a bit of a nudist. Maybe that comes through in my work.

One of my photographs.

One of my photographs.