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How to Draw Portraits

Posted by Stan Levine on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : How to Draw 
The human head can be one of the most challenging things to draw because there are subtle details of a person's face that we recognize in each other, and if they are not shown in a drawing other people won't know who the person is. Seeing those specific things about people's faces that make them who they are and being able to describe them visually with line in a drawing is a skill that can be honed using a few simple guidelines.


The above illustration shows some ways we can start thinking ab...
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2012 Resolution

Posted by Stan Levine on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : The Artist's Journal 
In January I started taking a drawing with color pencils class at the local Civic Arts Recreation Center here in Walnut Creek California taught by Mira White.  In this class I have been discovering different ways to use color in my drawings.  Here is a sample of a homework assignment I completed for this week:



A Fugi Apple.

Blue and green over red create the shadow areas.  As the apple turns toward the light source we see a graduation from green to yellow.  I think this class will help me to pr...
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September 2010 Update Continuted...

Posted by Stan Levine on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 
Where do cows go to have fun?



To the MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-VIES!

This drawing took me all day to complete.  I began with an 2H pencil to plan out the perspective and shapes of the movie theater.  Then I used a 4B to sketch in the different cows posing in the theater.  I went over all my marks with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point  Permanent Marker, and erased all my pencil marks using a kneaded eraser.  That's almost half the day right there!  In a drawing like this, it's important to plan.  In a painting...
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What I've Been Working On- September 2010

Posted by Stan Levine on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 
Hello Stanimation Fans!

It has been a few months since I've blogged.
Most of my progress can be viewed by checking out my work on this website.  I have completed a few more paintings.
I recently enrolled in a life drawing class.  I'll have some work to show you in the not too distant future from that class.
I am excited and looking forward with great anticipation to my art show at the Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek from October 7- December 31.  I will be exhibiting 12 acrylic landscape p...
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Friday June 4, 2010 What I've Been Working On

Posted by Stan Levine on Friday, June 4, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 
Last week I got sick.  I think it was some kind of flew, but I'm better now. 
I've been working on promoting my photo realistic portrait charcoal drawings.  Here are a few ads I designed with Flash:




These are some high resolution images, so they'll probably take some time to load on your computer screen.  How much time depends on your connection speed.  If you have a slow connection speed, now is a great time to stand up, stretch, use the bathroom, maybe get some more coffee or tea.  It will p...

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Breath

Posted by Stan Levine on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, In : Acrylic Paintings by Stan Levine 


"Breath"
24" X 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Stan Levine

When I paint on a canvas as big as this, I have to have a reason; I have to be inspired.  I have an archive of photos my wife takes from her Nikon that I go through when I need a reason to paint where I found a fantastic landscape of Mendocino's coast.  I like how the light travels through the painting along with the water.  There's something about it that makes me think of breathing in a meditative state. 
Before I painted "Breath," I began wit...

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May 26 2010 What I've Been Working On

Posted by Stan Levine on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 
It seems that I just can't make up my mind about what I want to specialize in.  I am so talented at so many things, that when I try to commit to just one discipline of the arts I feel trapped; like my fate has been sealed and there's no time anymore for self discovery.  Then every day is like a repeat of the last one, and that is just not good, so I had to jump out of painting for a little while and learn somethings about Flash Actionscript programming, and Javascript.  I've been learning abo...
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What I've Been Working On

Posted by Stan Levine on Thursday, May 6, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 

Last month I met Edward Zeidan, owner of an award winning computer support/maintenance business in Lafayette, California called Nerd 4 Rent.  He asked me to create a series of promotional post cards that will be mailed to customers.  I drew a few concept drawings, and the Nerd Bucks, concept seemed to appeal the most.  Here is the concept drawing that was selected for the next phase of production:




I used Flash Professional 8 to import the concept illustration.  Then, in a separate layer, I sta...
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What I've Been Working On

Posted by Stan Levine on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : The Artist's Journal 
On April 18, 2010 I found an art coach.  In a book I've been reading called "How To Get Started Selling Your Art" (surefire methods and expert advise lead you to sales of your art) by Carole Katchen I read on page 24 that every artist needs a mentor, or someone who knows the art business that has time to help you make good decisions about selling your art.  My first assignments from my art coach, Paula Swenson, was to create a physical embodiment of my muse, keep a list of what I am feeling w...
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Acrylic Tribute Portrait Painting of Corey Haim By Stan Levine

Posted by Stan Levine on Thursday, March 25, 2010, In : Acrylic Paintings by Stan Levine 
Corey Haim was a famous teen actor that lived from December 23, 1971 and recently died on March 10, 2010 (38 years old) as a possible result of a drug overdose.  It was known that Corey was troubled by drug addiction through out the later portion of his acting career. I remember him as Sam, from the movie "The Lost Boys," directed by Joel Shumacher in 1987.  He played the role of Michael's little brother.  Michael (Jason Patric) was lured into a family of vampires by "David," (Kiefer Sutherla...
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How To Draw A Basketball

Posted by Stan Levine on Friday, March 19, 2010, In : How to Draw 
Before we begin this tutorial make sure you have a basketball to look at.  If you don't own one, you can find a high quality photo of on online by doing an image search.  You will need this list of materials (below) to follow along with this tutorial:

1.  A set of 12 Prismacolor Art Markers, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $21.61 (save $32.59 (60%)).  This set includes primary and secondary colors. 
2.  A set of 12 Prismacolor  Colored Pencils, available for pur...
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