Traces of Memory | Anna Wainright Pastel Landscapes

Landscapes can leave an indelible impression on the senses. The dampness of the fog, the warmth of the sun, the earthy smell of the forest, the sound of the wind. These qualities etch a memory of place that’s difficult to portray visually. Yet these fleeting aspects of nature are exactly what Anna Wainright strives to capture in her atmospheric, evocative pastel landscapes. “There’s something about nature, whether it’s the clouds, a beautiful sunset, a storm, crashing waves, or even just the isolation and quiet of the wetlands, that always draws me back,” the West Long Branch, N.J.-based artist says. “The sounds, the smells, the colors all make me want to somehow re-create what I remember.”

See more of Wainright’s pastel landscapes and learn more about her intuitive painting style in the February 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, available in print or as a download at, and on newsstands January 5.


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The Stand (pastel) by Anna Wainright

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Freshwater (pastel) by Anna Wainright

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After the Snow (pastel) by Anna Wainright

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Morning Glory (pastel) by Anna Wainright

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Successful Artists Know How to Draw This

Editor’s note: You’ve spent hours and hours learning how to draw faces and how to draw figures, but what happens when you’re ready to draw a portrait of a clothed person? Folded fabric happens, and that’s exactly what Lee Hammond addresses in this excerpt from Drawing Realistic Clothing and People. Bonus: order your copy and any other items on your wish list today because when you spend $35 at North Light Shop, you’ll save $10 with the code 10OFF30.

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A Drapy Scarf (graphite on smooth bristol, 11×14) by Lee Hammond (Pin this!)

How to Draw Clothing and Fabric by Lee Hammond

Just like there are five elements to shading, there are five basic types of folds when drawing fabric. Within each of the five folds, the five elements of shading must be present to make them look realistic.

It’s important to know and understand each of the folds in order to draw believable fabric and clothing. Each of the folds has unique characteristics to it. This is a complicated subject, so don’t rush through it. Start with the surface contours of the fabric first, and how it forms to the body, before attempting to do the patterns and embellishments. Capture the basic shapes first, then add the details.

To create something that looks this layered and realistic, it takes practice and more practice. This scarf is a combination of these many alternative types of folds. Note the edges because of all the overlapping surfaces. The five elements of shading are what gives the fabric its realism. Each raised surface is like a project in itself, and must be studied carefully.

To show you the five different folds, I’ve taken a striped washcloth and molded it into different shapes. Each example represents one of the folds and what it looks like. I chose the striped fabric so you can see how the shape and form will alter the way a pattern on clothing is viewed.

Edges are the most important part of drawing clothing and fabric. Without creating appropriate edges, the realistic look will be lost. I placed a cast shadow behind this washcloth so the edges of reflected light would be more obvious.

Go back to the previous page with the illustration of the scarf and you will find both of these folds within it.

Look for the five elements of shading in all of these examples. It is the use of light and shadow that makes them look realistic.

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How to Draw Clothing and Fabric: Learn How to Draw These 5 Folds

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1. Column Fold

The most common type of fold is called a column fold, also known as a tubular fold. This is created when a piece of fabric is hanging from one point of suspension. The results are tube-like folds that are similar to a cone shape or a cylinder.

Note how each “tube” is created using the five elements of shading. You can see where the light is reflecting off of the raised areas. The shadow edge (or turning shadow) and the reflected light help make it look rounded.

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  1. Drape Fold

The drape fold occurs when a piece of fabric is suspended by two points. The fabric hangs down in the middle, falling in on itself. Again, the five elements of shading are applied to each of the areas to depict the roundness and depth of the washcloth. Look at how the stripes go in and out of the fabric. This interruption of pattern adds to the look of realism.

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  1. Interlocking Fold

Interlocking folds are similar to drape folds in the way the folds nestle inside one another, but in an interlocking fold, the fabric doesn’t hang as much. It’s less free-flowing and is held up by the shape of the body or parts of the clothing.

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  1. Coil Fold

These folds also interlock, like the drape and interlocking fold, except they encompass the body like a tube. You will find this where fabric is wrapping around something cylindrical.

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  1. Inert Fold

Inert folds are found when fabric is at rest. It is not hanging at all, for it is resting on a surface. In this position, it can take on many shapes and contours, so close observation is necessary. An inert fold can go from being very smooth and subtle, to highly creased and extremely complicated.

The Five Folds: How to Draw Clothing

This drawing shows what it looks like when all five of the folds collide into one situation. You can see how important each one is to the believability of this drawing. 

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Let’s identify where all five of the folds are. Each area of the outfit has different folds:

  1. The ruched fabric encompasses the woman’s body with coil or spiral folds.
  2. The skirt of the dress falls down into column or tubular folds.
  3. Her two arms are supporting the back of the jacket. This creates a drape fold. Most of this fold is behind her.
  4. The sleeve of the jacket that appears under the collar is creating interlocking folds.
  5. The area of the sleeve that is resting on her wrist is inert.

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Oil Painting and 3 Common Misconceptions

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Wilson Bickford’s “Oil Painting Basics–Painting Waves” is included in the 5-star offer. Below, he shares the most common stereotypes he hears about painting with oil.

When you hear the word “stereotype,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is related to society. But judgments go beyond people–even art media come with generalizations about how they can be used, and even who uses them. Think about it: When you hear about pastels, watercolors or oils, certain images and beliefs might pop into your mind without any question as to why.

Wilson is a popular art instructor who is ready to shed some light on one of the oldest art mediums: oil. He goes into greater detail in his Oil Painting Basics video workshops, but for now, here are three common misconceptions–and truths–about painting with oil for beginners.

The truth about painting with oil

Chilly Chickadee (oil on Convexo oval canvas, 8×10) by Wilson Bickford. “Pin” this!

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Artist Wilson Bickford at work.

Misconception: Oils are difficult to work with. The truth is that oils are MUCH easier to work with than other media. Their slow-drying rate makes it easy to accomplish even subtle blending passages. Oils also have the richest, most saturated color of all the other media, in my opinion. Whereas watercolors will lighten as they dry and acrylics will darken and dull as they dry, oils remain the same. What you see is what you get. Re-adjusting the values isn’t necessary, as with other media. And if you wish for them to dry faster, an alkyd-based medium, such as my Wilson Bickford Clear Glazing Medium, will speed the dry time tremendously, as quickly as overnight with thinner paint layers.

Misconception: Oils are messier than other media. Oils are really no “messier” than other media. “Messy” is a trait of the particular handler, not the medium itself. Oils, acrylics and watercolors all require a liquid solvent for thinning the painting, glazing and clean-up. Obviously, for water-based media, water is used for these purposes. For oils, I use 100-percent odorless mineral spirits. Using a little care to not slosh liquid all over the studio goes a long way toward defeating the “messy” aspect. If you’d rather not have to clean a palette at the end of your session, you can use disposable palette paper and simply toss it out.

Misconception: Turpentine is questionable. Back in the day, turpentine was the standard for use with oil paints, simply because that’s all that was available. In 25 years of painting, I have never used “turp.” I agree that it’s unpleasant to work with due to its strong odor and fumes. Odorless mineral spirits make a world of difference without smell and they don’t dry out your bristles as turp does. Consider this: I had an oil painting book from the 1950s and the artist used Kerosene for cleaning his brushes. Can you imagine that?! We’ve come a long way! ~ W.B.

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Give (or Get) the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Downloads | Pastel Inspiration at Your Fingertips

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Looking for a holiday gift for a fellow pastelist … or perhaps even yourself? Give (or get) the gift of hundreds of pages of pastel inspiration, tips and techniques in one searchable, printable and portable location—the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Individual Issues Downloads (pdf).

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Shades of Gray Competition 4: Winners Announced

magazine is thrilled to announce the winners of the fourth annual Shades of Gray Competition. Fifteen winning artists were selected by the jury, with the grand prize going to Chi-Han Cheng, of Daly City, California. A full list of winners is below.

The winning artworks will be featured in the spring 2016 issue of Drawing, along with additional information about the artists and the inspiration behind their winning drawings. You can subscribe to the magazine here to be sure you receive that article, along with all the other instruction and inspiration Drawing offers on a regular basis.

As usual, the competition was highly competitive–there were far more worthy drawings than we could select as winners. We offer our sincerest thanks to all the artists who entered. It’s a privilege to be able to view your work, and if you were not successful this year, I hope you consider entering another one of our contests in the future.

Winners of the 2015 Shades of Gray Competition:

Grand Prize:
Chi-Han Cheng

First Place:
Marcos Rey

Second Place:
Hiroshi Hayakawa

Third Place:
Marnie White

Honorable Mentions:
Brock Alius
Helene Brunet
Janice Evans
Lorin Miller
Sandrine Pelissier
John Sanchez
Ryan Spahr
Diane Tompkinson
Laura Tundel
Shoshana Walfish

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