|Artist Will Cotton demonstrates “How to draw the figure”|
|Alyssa Monks in front of her drawing|
After the host and hostess murmered the required niceties we were divided into two groups. Half of the room watched Alyssa’s demonstration while the other half of the room had the benefit of Will’s demonstration. I was on Will’s side of the room.
No one complained which artist demo they were assigned. Although Will may be the more “famous” of the two (it is all subjective) Alyssa is way more glamorous… Sorry Will. You are very cute too. He doesn’t look his age at all ..which is fifty. By the way, Alyssa, who is in her thirties, wore a mini skirt over black tights and Will wore cuffed jeans and converse.
How do you judge fame?
Speaking of fame– how does one judge that? During my internet stalking spree I learned that Alyssa Monks has over 300 thousand facebook fans. While Will, who painted the famous nude Katy Perry album cover, and whose art has graced the covers of ArtNews and New York Magazine has only a few thousand more than I do. (as of this writing, February 2016 Will Cotton has 8,384 fans and I have 5,154 (see SchulmanArt facebook page).
But his paintings sells for six figures. (Actually, I have no idea how much they sell for and I just made that up. While researching this blog, none of his paintings shown online have prices… so if you have to ask, you can’t afford it)
What does this prove? That when your prices are that high you just don’t need as many collectors to support a viable art career… ie the higher your prices, the fewer customers you need.
What I learned during the demonstration
I hate to admit that I didn’t fully take advantage of the great advice being given at the event during the drawing lesson. It is not that I am so arrogant to think I know everything. In fact, during the one moment that I was paying attention I learned how the neck sits really into the clavicles not on top of the shoulders… a detail I either didn’t fully understand before or had forgotten.
Anyway, like I said it was not that Will was boring but most of the guests continued to chat noisily among themselves and my ADD brain became distracted by each tempting passed hors d’oeuvres.
|Each party guest was given an easel, a large drawing pad, charcoal and pastels as well as a gray kneaded eraser. In addition to the provided supplies, I also had schlepped in my watercolor markers to add finishing touches.|
Look over my shoulder as I draw the last pose of the night…
The drawing on the left is by Marnie Gelfman and all photos in this blog post are courtesy of photographer Marnie Gelfman
|Here is a snapshot my friend Marnie took of my finished drawing. The pose for this lasted twenty minutes and it is not complete. I didn’t post this to my facebook fan page because they have very strict “nipple” policies on facebook and instagram.
I focused mainly on the face and then I loved the way her jet black hair cascaded over her breasts. I wish I had more time to “ground” the figure since I prefer subjects to be integrated into the background rather than “floating.” I think I may work on this later today after I complete a commission as my “reward.” When I do, I will be listing this online with my other figure paintings.
With this drawing, I was completely pleased with myself and knew I had brought my “best self” to the easel that night.
“No, you can not have my drawing.”
Now here is the punch line of the story. Just prior to drawing this, remember I was talking to Will Cotton who had refused to give me his little sketch. So when he came over with his eyes glinting. I gleefully detected a fleck of green in them. (You can compare my drawing with Will’s 20 minute demo above.) While he and Alyssa Monks gaped in amazement, and serious art collectors, such as a board member of the Whitney, murmured their appreciation. Alyssa declared that I should do the demonstration at the party next year. She wasn’t kidding.
I joking told Will that “No, you can not have my drawing.” and that was that.
In Case We Haven’t Met Yet…
Hello! I’m Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.
My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I’m not working on art in my studio, you’ll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net