A3. William


One of the qualities I admire when looking at the work of various painters - Velazquez, Rubens, David, etc. - is their rendering of the folds and textures of fabric. It seems that this subject would be relatively easy to master but that is not the case. Personally, I find it difficult to give fabric life without using some sort of reference. However, once I have established the structure of the area in question - in this case, the folds of the jacket - I derive great pleasure in drawing it. The individual here might be a number of personages - the failed writer, the sociology professor, the community activist, the beleaguered high school English teacher, or the lifelong librarian.

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