Thursday, August 4, 2011

Draw People with a Simple Formula by Tony van Hasselt

In August 2000, I attended a plein air workshop with Tony van Hasselt in Maine. I love his fresh and direct wet-in-wet approach to landscape painting in watercolor.


Tony has a playful uncomplicated method for drawing and painting the human form. These are not meant to be figure studies, but secondary or incidental to the scene. Once perfected, they add impact and a clear center of interest to any landscape. 


Five years ago, I featured his technique for drawing and painting figures here on 7/30/06 and 7/31/06 DrawingEveryday. I got a good response from people who tried this approach. Some even went on to buy the video. I thought it was time to review his DVD, "Fun With Figures" again for you here. Tony calls them U.O.W. (You-Oh) people. Why not give Tony's (You-Oh's) a try?  I think you'll agree that they are enjoyable to create and may even add more pizazz and interest to your work.