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MEETINGS & DEMONSTRATIONS

Our next RCAS meeting will be January 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Location is the Richardson Public Library. The January Demo Artist will be Janis Krendick, demonstrating Pastel.

“My interest in art goes back to childhood, and I have worked in a number of media over the years.” She obtained a degree in “studio art” as they called it in the ’70s, concentrating on drawing and design. She has worked in watercolor, but now enjoys pastel, loving the immediacy of the medium.

She has taken a number of pastel workshops over the past ten years to improve her skills and learn new techniques. She focuses on her love of the landscape, and strives to interpret what she sees in a sensitive manner. “I have taken several workshops from various artists including Ann Templeton, Doug Dawson, Ned Mueller, Lorenzo Chavez, Bob Rohm, Bill Hosner and Richard McKinley.”

Janis’ impressive collection of awards dates back to 2009 when she was chosen for the International Societies’ Convention Calendar (May), among other awards. She has also been an exhibitor at many events, including the Texas & Neighbors Regional Show, March - May, Irving, TX. Gallery representation includes The New Gallery in Dallas, Linus Gallery, Pasadena; and JRBArt, Oklahoma City. She was an exhibitor in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Juried Exhibition.

To see more of her awards and exhibits, visit her website at Janiskrendick.com

UPCOMING 2018/2019
DEMONSTRATORS

January
Janis Krendick - Pastels
February
Maribeth Jagger - Alcohol Ink
March
Jo Moncrief - Acrylic
April
Walt Davis - W/C
May
Ron Stephens - Acrylic/Mixed

WORKSHOPS

RCAS has several workshops scheduled every year by accomplished artists - both local and national.

Check out the Workshops Page.

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SHOWS

We have several shows each season, including a show for local high school students and a well-regarded regional show for all Texas artists.

Show dates for the current season are listed on the Shows page.

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Highlights of December Meeting, 2018

RCAS CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018:  For a second year in a row, we were delighted to have Bejamin Vincent as our Holiday Party guest artist. Although he was set up to do “old school” drawings, he created all of his wonderful caricatures digitally using Sketchbook Pro. The digital program uses a touch sensitive pen on a Wacom tablet with many choices for lines and paintbrush marks and colors.  It was connected to a larger monitor so we could all view as he drew and painted us. For couples, he drew each person separately, eventually combining them digitally into one image. All caricatures were then printed out on a small printer for immediate creations of badges for lanyards to hang around one’s neck. Vincent has the ability to capture the best of everyone’s features in an amazing short amount of time. He says he begins with the triangle of the eyes, nose and mouth, and proceeds outwards from there. The caricatures happens when he exaggerates certain features while keeping the likeness. He was schooled in art in California, and has used his expertise in advertising and other graphics fields, too. It was delightful to have him as our guest artist again.

HIghlights of the party can be seen here:

PHOTOS OF 2018 CHRISTMAS PARTY

Benjamin Vincent, who was our talented demo artist at the RCAS Holiday Party, sent this description of his technique: "It was a pleasure to draw caricatures for the Richardson Art Society again this year. It was fun to be there and visit with other artists and as always the evening went very quickly there was more to say and draw. This year I drew everyone on the computer. I have a Wacom Cintiq and printed the 4x6" sketches on a Epson printer. It is a drawing computer very popular with artists animation and studio business. It has a pressure sensitive surface and easily picks up the pen thick and thin strokes. I orientate the computer to portrait mode and set my monitor up the same way (using a guitar stand to hold the LG TV). Sketching on the computer is different- One would think it is the same, as I have talked with others sketching on the computer is best when the drawing is simplified. That requires some explanation, you know when drawing on paper the quickness and subtle turns of a pen to make a mark seem natural, switching pens each giving a different stroke. Of course on the computer that is done as well except each pen is programmed for one type of stroke. The sensitivity is programmed as well- lately I've noticed each time I turn on the computer it needs to be re-tuned slightly to what I'd like to experience when sketching. So when drawing caricatures using a hard outline I'm looking at simple thick and thin strokes, sketchy, short or hesitant strokes don't work as well. Each artist finds a slight adjustment when drawing on the computer- it really is pretty magical. In drawing a caricature I thought it would be good to write down some of the process. A good working definition of Caricature: a portrait with the volume turned way up.

1. Get a feel of the person and face you will sketch. You are trying to draw more of what you feel vs/ what you see. Try to feel where you feel the most important aspect strongest features are on the face What is the weight distribution of the face? Is it heavier above or below the eyes, or perhaps it is mostly in the middle. You exaggerate what is important and reduce or even remove what is not important. 2. When drawing with ink at events ( or on the computer) I start in the middle and work out- Trying to keep the whole in mind I work out a "triad" between the two eyes and mouth. Asking the question are the eyes close together far apart, long short or round. A general rule of thumb to look for is if person has a long nose the eyes will be closer together, a short nose you will often see eyes further apart. * Tip this is where it can be funny, so play it up- Exaggerate the differences 3. I then look to the mouth or smile. Regard the space between nose and mouth. It's often worth a pause to look again and feel the face, and draw accordingly. We know where the classic portraiture mouth fits on the face, for the cartoon think of it as more or less. If it is one of the features that stands out for the person you'll need to make it prominent. *Tip this is a great opportunity to get a laugh 4. Next I look toward the bottom half of the face and feel what the weight is there. Not every person with a prominent chin is a Jay Leno - Articulating the form of the jaw and chin can say a lot about the person. Not every person that is overweight needs to be depicted "fat" , the caricature can show difference of weigh distribution in the face- pear shape vs/ light bulb for example. 5. Again look at the entire face to feel the weight distribution to draw the hair or forehead. This is an easy laugh- big hair is funny, large foreheads are amusing. It's important to double check if this helps the likeness or is just a gag- both can be fine depending on the person.

Color as drawn on the computer at event needs to be fast. The time for an entire sketch and color is around 5 mins... so it's best to keep it simple. I keep changing how I approach the color to get the best affect in least time, so this is my approach today.

1- Airbrush in a flesh tone

2- Using a darker version of flesh tone show form with paintbrush around eyes, nose, jaw lips, and forehead. I'd like to get at least 3 values in the face, but most of the time it is just two because I'm trying to move it along and keep it simple. Showing form with color can take time, I try to look for ways to express a shadow and play up the expressions with less.

3- Red in lips- then switch to smaller airbrush to lay some color variation in cheeks

4- The hair and shirt I block in with one or two different types of brushes I have a brush that has a texture like hair I sometimes use.

5- Overall I hope the color compliments the sketch and the background doesn't distract.

I've been drawing caricatures since high school still feel like it is a joy and the most fun drawing and learning has been the last 10 years. Advertising, illustration, drawing storyboards, and sketches for agencies - I've been doing that for about 30 years - is a pleasure in its own way. Caricatures is interactive and social and has been a great way to meet people. Thanks again for having me out to sketch. You are welcome to email and ask questions anytime.

BenJamN Vincent studio@benvincent.com