Away From the Things of Man by Joseph Lotz | Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow

Let’s focus on another winner from our Strokes of Genius art competition, featured in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, Joseph Lotz’s Away From the Things of Man.

Best of Drawing Away From the Things of Man Joseph Lotz

Colored pencil on bristol board  |  15″ x 22″ (38cm x 56cm)

Here’s what Joseph Lotz says about his artwork:
I am draw to the coastline on my research trips, and take hundreds of photos of any elements that catch my eye. In my studio, I mentally develop a new composition while sifting through these photos, putting separate elements together, as in Away From the Things of Man. The boat stood in disrepair in a boatyard in Savannah; the coastline was from a beach in northeast Florida; the palms came from other shots. I begin by lightly sketching outlines with a no. 2 pencil, focusing on proportion and overall composition. I then fully develop the piece in colored pencil by working in vertical columns from right to left (being a southpaw). I apply different drawing techniques based on the results desired. In Away, the sand was drawn with successive layers of darkening grays, worked quickly, in random swirling but controlled figure-eight motions. … I strive to encompass a full range of values in my work.

Joseph Lotz’s piece Away From the Things of Man appeared in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, published by North Light Books in 2009. Enter the competition here for your chance to appear in Strokes 5 & win other prizes!

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