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
Emoji to express disgust, disapproval, repulsion, dissatisfaction
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.
Idea for a character
Desktop still life
30-second sketch, impromptu tabletop still life
Excerpt of lyrics by John Lennon.
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
Upper East Side, Monday afternoon at 5:00 PM
Breakfast of champions: Nutella donut from Tim Hortons
Dreaming of lunch
Panda specimen from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
Basket filled with yarn
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.