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.
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!