Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' monthly word prompt: "march"
Ever have a day like this?
The consequences of excessive consumption of Halloween sweets (or apples, in Spunky's case).
Runaway Naughty Pony
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' monthly word prompt: "surprise"
Will it be a dusting of snow or a blizzard?
Is it Friday yet?
Go Fly a Kite
On the A Train
Rainy Day Pony
You know you're over the hill when you can't even use a mounting block.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' monthly word prompt: "dance" (inspired by Henri Matisse's painting)
Vivi and Spunky Stirrup the Big Apple: AM Traffic
Vivi and Spunky Stirrup the Big Apple: the Shortcut
Vivi and Spunky Stirrup the Big Apple: the Arrival
It's Monday and it's raining.
Trick-or-treat for grownups.
Inktober Day 22
A work in progress: Missed Connections
Inktober Day 21
Resist and persist.
Inktober Day 20
I love Italian coffee.
Inktober Day 20
Rainy Tuesday: Really Bad Hair Day
Inktober Day 18
How I survived Monday.
Inktober Day 17
When your feet are too fat for those glamorous heels.
Inktober Day 16
A work in progress: what are Vivi and her pony, Spunky, doing?
Inktober Day 14
A fierce self-portrait.
Inktober Day 13
Spunky's Halloween bag is teeming with apples.
Inktober Day 12
"Shatter(ed)" as in, shatter the glass ceiling.
Inktober Day 11
Run. And resist.
"Gigantic:" when a mounting block just won't do. I know equestrians will argue that she's mounting from the wrong side but the placement is for the sake of the composition.
For today's prompt, I followed my own concept. I recently saw the Off-Broadway production of KPOP, a highly original, immersive, energetic and vibrant musical. The cast was stellar. From a personal standpoint, I was proud to see a Korean-American story take center stage. Here is one of the characters, Lex, in a scene where we sat in his dressing room and learned about the finer points. of Korean skincare products.
The crooked Tr*mp administration continues its heinous attacks on the constitutional and civil rights of the American people. Currently, millions of women are at risk of losing access to birth control.
Some horses can be quite shy.
Inktober Day 6
"Sword:" I grew up watching samurai films. For this prompt, I imagined a little girl as a samurai, in the manner of Toshiro Mifune's many iconic roles.
Inktober Day 5
When it's been a long day and you're exhausted.
My own prompt: "moron." I'm not a fan of Rexxon but this time, I have to agree with him. Definition courtesy Merriam-Webster.
Inktober Day 4
Inktober Day 3
"Poison:" The National Rifle Association targets the advertising and marketing of guns to American children.
Inktober Day 2
Gun control advocates and gun lobbyists remain deeply divided in the U.S.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' monthly prompt: "sleigh ride from hell."
School Lunch Then and Now
Back to school
Apprehensive emoji. Inspired by artist Meret Oppenheim.
Bleepin' mad emoji
"What a...donkey!" Inspired by a friend who searched in vain for a donkey emoji on her phone.
In the lower right-hand corner, there is a self-portrait, an homage to Tom Toles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose work I've admired for a long time. He includes his self-portrait in each of his political cartoons.
Emoji for "sleep-deprived"
Here's an emoji for all those times when you fall asleep and you shouldn't: in a staff meeting, in class, on the subway or the airplane (while drooling), as a tired parent seated in a chair, at a performance of Parsifal--you get the idea.
One of the first expressions I learned in French was ..."dans la lune," which is not often used anymore.
Bubble tea emoji
#Ugh! #Disgusting #DigestiveRebellion
The poses in these drawings range from thirty-second gestures to forty-minutes.
I always carry a compact sketchbook in my bag. Wherever I go, I draw: at the museum, in restaurants, on the subway, in the park, and especially while waiting. I also jot down ideas for future drawings, and just doodle, I have drawers filled with sketchbooks of all sizes. I keep scrap paper on my desk for doodling.
Scrap paper doodle in ink and watercolor: happy char siu bao
Scrap paper doodle: sad little soup dumplings
Forced Migration / Deportation
A sketch I did based on an imaginary scene of forced migration and deportation, based on newspaper articles I've read, as well as my grandmother's personal accounts.
Idea for a character
Seated at the computer on a hot day
Scrap Paper Drawing
Excerpt of lyrics by John Lennon
Workplace desktop still life
Waiting for the ferry, Lido di Venezia
30-second sketch, impromptu tabletop still life
Plaque with a swallow, late period-Ptolemaic period, galleries of ancient Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gesture drawing of a seated man, Lido di Venezia
Child's classroom chair
Doorway at the music school
Music studio window
Subway car, classroom activity at the Museum of the City of New York
Breakfast of champions: Nutella donut from Tim Hortons
Panda specimen from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
Upper East Side, Monday afternoon at 5:00 PM
Dreaming of lunch
Basket filled with yarn
Idea for a cartoon
Personalized Holiday Cards
"Even Santa has to work two jobs to get by in New York."
Annual caption contest
"Dr. Zizmor's retiring. He did quite a job on Rudolph's schnozz!"
Annual caption contest
Start Naked: a book about figure drawing
By April Kim Tonin and Lisa Dinhofer
Whether you are an art student, a professional or a hobbyist, Start Naked highlights the creative process of drawing. Join one class that has been meeting for over 20 years at the National Academy School and witness the lighter moments and challenges of figure drawing.
I met Lisa Dinhofer twelve years ago, after a long hiatus from making art. My professional life has involved teaching students of all ages to appreciate art from around the world. The more time I spent in a classroom or at the museum, the less time I had to make my own work. Around the time I met Lisa, I had finally recognized the need to dedicate time to drawing again.
Every Saturday morning in Lisa's class at the National Academy, we draw the nude figure. We follow a classical approach to drawing. The three hours of class time pass like five minutes. We begin with warm-up exercises consisting of one- and two-minute gesture drawings. We move onto blind contour drawings, in which you do not look at your paper. This process encourages you to disengage from any preconceived notions of what you think the figure should look like, and to train yourself to really see. Towards the end of class, we focus on longer poses, taking all the elements of our warm-ups and combining them. Along the way, Lisa guides us with her knowledge of what good drawing constitutes.
Over the years, Lisa's class has attracted students of all ages from diverse professions. Her students represent a cross-section of the New York area: teachers, architects, a retired photojournalist, doctors, homemakers, an editor, a financial advisor, a banker, a physical therapist, a human-rights lawyer, tattoo artists, illustrators, and full-time art students from around the world. For three hours a week, we gather in the studio at the National Academy to hone our drawing skills. I have created this book as a tribute to Lisa's wisdom, as well as to the many friends I have made at the National Academy through Lisa's Saturday morning drawing class.