My pedagogy of drawing is a practicum of correct observation. I find the truth of a drawing exists between its shadows and lights. —Allen Gregg Fox Galante
COVID–19 changes everything.
The following two pieces, Fostoria light and Fostorialight–19 conceptually illustrate two times, before and after (representing hope for a better future beyond COVID–19):
Below are some results from Allen's quest for knowledge via digital drawing pedagogy:
The above digital drawings, Hope Incomplete and Light Forms Advance & Dark Recede, explore textures and value contrasts of form relationships (per Mendelowitz's Guide To Drawing )
The above piece, Textural Patterns For Descriptive or Expressive Purposes–19 (aka Physical Distancing Trace|Two Birds|Two Squirrels–19) completes Project 107 of Mendelowitz's Guide To Drawing, 3rd Edition using digital "pen and ink,… introducing textural patterns for descriptive or expressive purposes… such as rocks, brambles, weeds, weathered wood, a derelict automobile in a field that offers interesting surfaces and textures."
"Illustration can evoke empathy and bring shared experiences into view as millions of people around the world find themselves in a similar position: staring out their windows, wondering what’s ahead." —Antonio de Luca, Sasha Portis and Adriana Rami
"Lines are drawn in the mind. There are no lines in nature." —Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor p.76
The above, Candlestick ca. 2016 Mild Steal (developed from Modelled Stick and Shadows & Space), illustrates 10 hours of Allen's contour, model & gesture techniques digitally drawn of an Albert Paley sculpture, Candlestick (Memorial Art Gallery 2016).
The things you will do —over and over again— are but practice. They should represent to you only the result of an effort to study, the by–product of your mental and physical activity. Your progress is charted… in the increased knowledge with which you look at life around you. —Kimon Nicolaïdes, The Natural Way To Draw
Allen's gestural drawing above using digital pencil and brush (with photo backdrop) is a gestrual potrayal of Fredrick Douglass, the great American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. The colors are inspired by geological minerals from a thermal hot–spring at Wai–O–Tapu, New Zealand known as Artist's Palette.
As reference for the above drawing, left are two photos layered over each other: Olivia Kim's Frederick Douglass monument (Memorial Art Gallery 2019) as the top layer (at 30% opacity) over the thermal hot–spring (also the backdrop in the drawing above).
"I see how much of a responsibility you have as an artist. You are the reflection of our times. So whether you're a writer, or a dancer, filmmaker, painter, or sculpture, you're reflecting the times that you live in and after you are gone, all that is left is that reflection."
"The relationships in art are not necessarily ones of outward form, but are founded on inner sympathy of meaning."
The video below is an animation of 6–hours of Allen's digitally drawing a photograph by Robert Polidori, Bedroom. The video ends with six added artifacts from the Memorial Art Gallery digitally drawn by Allen in 2016. Music: Beautiful (from Sunday in the Park with George, 1984)
The use of color is necessarily a personal thing. Schools based on the systems of certain painters, no matter how good those painters are, lose the personal experience, the individual evaluation of color, which is necessary to make the effort succeed. —Kimon Nicolaïdes, The Natural Way To Draw p. 215
Digital Drawing Pedagogy ⇔ Artist Studio
Allen Gregg Fox Galante's digital drawing pedagogy emulates pencil, charcoal, and brush mark making. He creates a contemporary art, using a technological medium, while following an anachronistic process. It represents a practice of the historical intentions of revered art educators, their books and teaching techniques. As a dedicated artist, he’s completed over 6100 studies for a digital drawing pedagogy illustrating an anecdotal critique of accepted education models. This establishes a conceptual body of art that expresses learning.
The artist’s studio interests Allen as an abstraction of materials. It showcases the flow from foundation to creation. By understanding an artist’s processes and developments, Allen seeks to grasp the gestalt of artworks and incorporate similarly into digital renditions.
As an autodidact, he explores the evolution of drawing via a series of virtual mark–making studies to create a digital drawing pedagogy.
Each piece of my pedagogy is initialed and chronologically numbered with title, schedule/project number, date and duration of drawing time. Embedding this information into each composition memorializes a continuous learning path whereby I conceptualize art. —Allen Gregg Fox Galante
Between 2012 and 2016, Allen executed over 5500 drawings as a comprehensive study of every lesson in The Natural Way To Draw by Kimon Nicolaïdes. He consolidated a manuscript called The Natural Impulse To Draw. Review both the book and manuscript in a side–by–side preview here.
The digital drawing to the right, Crimean Linden & Dill, suggests foliage via value contrasts and examines, "the elements that give the tree its particular character —the shapes of the foliage masses; the size of the leaves; the size and shape of the areas of sky seen through the masses of foliage; the character of branch patterns, where branches are seen, and so forth." — Mendelowitz's Guide To Drawing, 3rd Edition Revised by Duane A. Wakeham, p. 81
The pairing above tells the story of how one person's sights and actions are both the results and causes of an infinite domino effect —determinism. The animation is derived from a digital drawing #5836Felix Observes Resistance (homage to William Kentridge's animated film, Felix in Exile) juxtaposed with Allen's drawing titled, Cereal Box Staircase (it’s foreground and landscape derived from M.C. Escher’s Coast Amalfi December 1931, Woodcut).
"I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain endings, an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay." —William Kentridge
CALL TO ACTION: You are invited to join Allen, and the millions of people who strive to save our social democracy, by taking actions based on values (rather than dichotomized party politics) at indivisible.org/democracy-guide and locally in advocating for economic justice for women, particularly Latina and Black women, at payequitycoalition.org