Selfies – the Old Fashioned Way

•February 13, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Self studies, as I am the only model I have in my isolation-pod!

Self-study 24×18 pastel, 2/2021
Going for the Jab, 24×18 pastel, 2/2021
B Leaving, 24×18 pastel, 2/2021

As Time Goes By

•November 26, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Still working off of old drawings and the mirror, but luckily I have had many great models in the past and am looking to the future.

Maria Pink, 18×24, pastel by Bruce Williams 11/2020
Bruce Brown, 18×24, pastel , by Bruce Williams 11/2020
Jack Yellow, 18×24, pastel, by Bruce Williams 11/2020

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

•September 16, 2020 • Leave a Comment

During the lockdown, I got my big mirror out and have be posing for myself. I started out with 1 minute sketches because of physical limitations, holding the paper, weird positions etc.   Now I tried longer sketches, the poses tend to be profile or frontal, naturally. I have noticed a strange perceptual phenomena though. I am right handed, and if I have the paper on my right, everything happens normally. However if I put the paper on my left side and draw with my right hand, I get a mirror image. If I make a conscious effort to draw what I actually see I can overcome this but it is difficult. Another odd effect orientation. If I do a pose that has me sideways or upside down, if I don’t draw in the same orientation, the drawings tend to go abstract. I have noticed this while drawing models too, if their head is sideways sometimes I have to turn my head to see the face. I am not sure if this is psychological, or physical. Perhaps some sort of dyslexia.

B Yellow, pastel 18×24 8/2020 from a 5 minute sketch
Bruce Adrift, pastel, 36×44, 9/2020 , from a 1 minute sketch
Left-handed Selfie, 12×14 charcoal, 8/2020, 2 minutes

Still in Lockdown -New Pastels

•June 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Here are some new drawings done from 5 minute charcoal sketches. Mood swings all over the place. New York is opening up slowly but it will still be a few months before the studio can open.

Emily Emergent, 24×18, pastel, 2020
Squat V, 18×24, pastel. 2020 -this was done from imagination, no source drawing
MeiLi Highway, 18×24, pastel 2020

Lockdown: New Drawings from Old

•April 19, 2020 • 1 Comment

Since the corona virus lockdown began, I haven’t been able to get live models, so I have been taking old sketches and redrawing them. Most are from 1 to five mute drawing. They are all 18×24, pastel and charcoal.

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Big Pastels

•September 9, 2019 • 1 Comment

Here are some larger pastels, mostly 48 inches by 36 inches, approximately, done on on red rosin paper, the kind you cover the floor with when doing construction. It has a great tooth and is great to work on, although I have doubts about the acid levels.

Glass Wall 48×36 inches, pastel 2019
Cayleen, 48×36 inches, pastel 2019
Allison Yellow, 48×36 inches, pastel 2019

Flying Nudes

•July 7, 2019 • 1 Comment

Some 5 minute sketches of a new model, Silas, working on poses that can be transformed in to flying poses

Rotated 90°
Rotated 180°
Rotate this 135° clockwise
Not Flying
Pensive, not flying

Live Art In Roma!

•June 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Here are some drawings done at LaPortaBlu, a great place to draw the figure in Rome. Every Friday night , Alberto hosts a 2 hour session with great models. It felt like a home away from home.

Portrait of Aura, 5 minutes
Aura, 10 minutes
Andrea, 10 minutes

And Now Reality!

•January 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment
Had some talks with students about Art, drawing methods etc.( bad joke included) beforehand and the opening was great! My sincere thanks to Sydney Caretti who made the whole event possible. You can see all the drawings in the show at our website sabathedog.org
Installation view

Sneak Peek!

•December 27, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Some images from an upcoming show of pastels and drypoint at Mercerberg Academy’s Cofrin Gallery,

The Isolated Figure
Bruce Williams
January 11th – February 28th
Artist Reception January 18th 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
or by appointment, call 717-328-6206