Monday, April 30, 2012

A Small Pencil Portrait

"Waiting"  Pencil 7x5 inches.  I drew this at the Market East Train Station in Philadelphia.  I had the time to take it more to a drawing level.  I have found that sketching people in the train station, where people are in anticipation or deep thought about where they are, or where they were, or where they are going is always interesting.

Live Drawing at Your Event

I am available for LIVE DRAWING SESSIONS at your event this summer (June-Sept. 2012).
I can sketch quick portraits of your guests on fine paper in charcoal and pastel.  Contact me at ehoffmanart@comcast.net for rates in the Philadelphia, Poconos, New Jersey, and Delaware areas.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just a Passenger

Myself in motion. This was sketched on my way into Philly.
Train windows are not the cleanest and a wobbly ride is always a challenge.  This was sketched with Ebony Pencil in my 14x11 in Sketch Book.  Comparing life to a train ride is a cliche'.  So forgive me for using it.  But isn't it basically true?


As Neil Young wrote:
I've been to cities,
I've been to countries,
I've left a lover
  in many towns.
I don't care if
if I ever get back to
Where I'd already
    been around.

On The Train Sketching


Most of my drawing of random sketch portraits happens on the train into and out of Philadelphia. Working fast in motion is a fascinating experience.  I will use whatever means of observation is useful such a a "sniper sketch" or a reflection.


"Self-Portrait on th R5 to Philadelphia"
14x11 in. Graphite Pencil

A Quick Oil Sketch





This quick oil sketch was done within 30 minutes. It is 20x16 inches on stretched canvas.  I am interested in all media.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.  But observational drawing is the key of my artwork.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Color Study in Pastel


This color study was done at Studio Incamminati's Open Studio, which I regularly attend in Philadelphia. I use Nupastels, Rembrandts, and Grumbacher Pastels on Canson Mi-tientes paper.  It is about 10 x 10 inches.

A Sketch from Montreal



This is a rapid charcoal sketched in Montreal when I was teaching in that area some time ago.  It was drawn with vine charcoal.  Unfortunately, it was drawn on newsprint and the original no longer exists.

Charcoal Studies from Studio Incamminati