Friday, November 20, 2015

Frederick Valentin charcoal portrait drawing

'Frederick' 2015
11x14" Charcoal on Mi-Teintes paper

I've been an admirer of model Frederick Valentin for some time now and had thought about drawing a study of him. He has that timeless look, mysterious, dark, and handsome. But it was that mysterious quality about his modeling that really caught my eye and is a perfect subject for dramatic chiaroscuro lighting that I love so much. The pencil strokes seemed to flow so easily over the beautifully chiseled forms of his intense expression, sculpting it from a flat surface into a direct gaze that seems to drive right through me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

'Jake' pen and ink pencil miniature drawing

'Jake' 2015
4x4" pen and ink figure drawing on toned illustration board

$100 Original Click here to Purchase

miniature artwork

I consider myself a devout charcoal artist and have been working on fine tuning the best of my abilities for nearly a decade now, but something has sparked my interest lately and that is miniature artwork. I had opened up an instagram account a few months ago and have been following many incredible artists specializing in these miniature artworks. I tried my hand at it, but the smallest charcoal drawing I could produce with my desired amount of detail was about 8x8". I wanted to get that same crisp work of art I've gotten so used to, but wanted to produce it on a much smaller scale. So I took a trip to my local art shop and that's when I discovered micron pens. They range in sizes from .005 to .08 in this particular set I decided upon.

With a little trial and error, I've made some smaller scale drawings using these micron pens, mechanical pencil, and a bit of white charcoal or white gel pen for highlights on a toned paper. I then adhere them to a sturdy board to give them more substance and avoid unnecassary damage to the artwork. It is kind of nice to see the collection of these cool little guys increasing with each week and will be placing them for sale in an online auction. Please come look and see what they're all about!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

'GT Quads'

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'GT Quads' 2015
8x10" Black & White Charcoal on 'Sand' colored Strathmore 500 Series paper
Model: Garry Turner

$200 Original Click to Purchase

An Emphasis on BodyBuilders

There's no doubt that I've always been interested in turning a muscular figure into art through my mind and eyes. For years I've noticed and studied many different forms of the human body, namely the male figure. I choose to work from males simply because I admire that dipiction of strength coupled with intense emotion, that is the ultimate creation I have in mind when I think about something new.

Lately, since launching my new instagram account @rita.foster, I've noticed an abundance of fitness models and have become exeedingly more interested in making some art surrounding bodybuilders. To portray an image of strength along with a softer side of emotion...that would be an amazing contrast. An idea I'll be working on in my future works. Meanwhile, I'm still studying anatomy and will continue to until I have all of the information embedded in my mind, stored in the memory banks permanently.

I've found a few fitness models I greatly admire and hope to work with on possible collaborations.
Tom Coleman is one of my favorites as of yet. Also, Garry Turner is another fitness model bodybuilder I've been following and admire. Such an amazing subject to draw... I recently created a charcoal drawing of his legs which I will also post. His quads are massive! Garry Turner will most likely be the subject of my drawings focusing on legs and quadriceps. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Eli' drawn with faber castell pastels

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'Eli' 2015
11x17" Pastels on dark gray Canson Mi-Teintes paper

$500 Original Click to Purchase

Red Tail Hawk Profile

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'Red Tail Hawk Profile' 2015
8x10" Black&White Charcoal on light gray strathmore 500 series paper

Original Sold
$50 Giclee Print Click to Purchase

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lazar Angelov pencil drawing

'Lazar' 2015
17x11" Original Charcoal/Pastel

$300 Original Click to Purchase

When it comes to drawing, my favorite subject is human anatomy. I find the intricacies so amazing to draw when I think about the human body as a machine of strength, but it is not just a machine, it is accomanied by emotional determination. When thoughts like these emerge, images of my favorite bodybuilders appear within my mind. I have quite a few that I admire and most recently, I discovered Lazar Angelov. A perfect picture of strength and modivation as a human machine.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Charcoal Portrait Drawing, Male Model

'Sight's Set'
11x14 Inch Charcoal


When I decided on drawing this portrait in particular I asked myself if I really knew how to draw hair. A challenging task to accomplish when faced with a blank sheet of strathmore paper before me. Since part of the head is cropped I knew I needed to really evaluate how I was going to start, the thought of it was quite daunting! I had to think of his hair more as a roman sculpture of sorts, rather than individual hairs so that I didn't overwhelm myself by thinking of the end result too early. Once I blocked in the darkest parts and left the lightest parts untouched I was able to finally start thinking of detail and the way stands of hairs fell over the undulating forms of other clumps of hair.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Michelangelo's David Portrait Drawing

'David Portrait' 2015
11x14" Original Charcoal

$600 Original Click to Purchase

I drew Michelangelo's 'David' a few years ago but I had been thinking about drawing detail close ups for quite some time now. The face is most striking (besides the hands) so I thought I'd start here. 17 hours later and here we are. I used layers of crosshatching (no blending involved) building up the lights and darks with generals charcoal and wolff's carbon pencils on a fog blue paper. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

nude female charcoal pencil chalk drawing "Sporatic Moonlight"

'Sporadic Moonlight' 2014
18x24" Black&White Charcoal on dark gray Canson Mi-Teintes paper

Original - Sold

I think it was about time to add some new drawings of classical female nudes but thought it may be an extra challenge to add some nice fabric folds in the study.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Horned Owl Close Up

"Great Horned Owl" 2014 

$500 Original Click to Purchase

This was my very first attempt at drawing birds of prey and all intricacies of feathers. I haven't had this much fun drawing in quite a while and I think it's because it really put me to the test as far as keeping my eye focused on the finer details. 8x10 inch 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Chiaroscuro female nude drawing

Watermarked image - "Rita Foster Art"
"Chiaroscuro" 24x12 inches white pastel
It has been quite a while since I've drawn a female nude and I'm very interested to working on the skill of drawing them so now is a better time than any to start again. I've gotten so used to paying attention to every undulating form of the human body so it'll take some practice to notice some of those subtleties beneath the surface of soft features.

Vein hands Maxfield Parrish style

watermarked image - "Rita Foster Art"


"Veiny Hands" 8x12 inch pastel
I've always been an admirer of Maxfield Parrish's work and the way he'd use warm lights along with cool shadows to produce a certain mood and I wanted to get some practice in on this concept. My love is not so much of landscapes but anatomy or the human body so I just tried to combine the two things I love involved in art.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tendons of the Hand Pastel Drawing

Watermarked- "Rita Foster Art"


"Tendons" 11x17 inch charcoal
The intricacies of the hands are quite intriguing for me to draw. It fascinates me to draw them while keeping in mind what the undulating forms really mean as I shade with the white chalk. The bones, the muscle structure, veins, tendons, and how they all come together to create as much emotions as a facial expression can evoke.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chocolate Labrador Pastel Pencil Drawing

Watermarked "Rita Foster Art"

"The Labrador" 11x14 inch pastel
This is probably the first time I've used color in quite some time. It's also the FIRST time I've tried to used color in pencil form. I'm dabbling slowly and trying to get the hang of it before I dive right in so you may see some more posted here soon...especially since I received a sweet set of pastel pencils as a gift recently! I used Orange, Indian Red, Black, and White.