The draftsman
The draftsman

The Draftsman

24.00"W x 48.00"H x 0.3"D

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Julian Tejera


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: birds eye view, artist at work, oil painting, realism, genre-painting, vango artist, figure painting

Media: oil on wood

Size: 24"W x 48"H x 0.25"D

Year Created: 2015

This is an oil painting on paper mounted on masonite. I wanted to capture the artist in their studio, in this case the model is myself. Drawing is the simplest way we make marks and place ideas down. On a personal level, drawing was my first love and continues to be one of my favorite ways to generate ideas and compositions; a sentiment I'm sure every painter and artist shares. The painting is less about me, however, and more about the continued exploration of the artist in their environment. Surrounded by his drawings, the artist in this painting is readying his pencil, sharpening his tool with a blade as he prepares to embark into sketching. Is he coming up with new compositions? Is he going to work on a refined drawing, perhaps one of the pages strewn about the floor? I leave that to you, the viewer, to create your own story.

Truthfully, I find it hard to pin point exactly what I'm trying to say with my art, if anything at all. I'm drawn to people more than anything else, but what I'm drawn to varies from painting to painting. Sometimes it's the way light is hitting a particular scene. Other times it's the way a person looks. And the way each painting is created is different each time. Some works are laborious, meticulously crafted in the manner of the Old Masters like Velazquez, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Some are painted vigorously with thick and luscious impasto marks made with palette knife and brushes, drawing inspiration from such modern artists such as Franz Kline and Rothko. What unifies everything is equal parts love of the human figure and a love for the seemingly infinite possibilities of the oil painting medium. I wish I had a "style," and I'm certain years from now after 1000s of paintings created I'll land on something. Until that time, I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me as I create for the love of creating, without sacrificing craftsmanship or technique, or losing myself to trends. Thank you for your support and patronage, and I hope my artwork speaks to you in the way it has spoken to me.

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