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Personal Study on artist Mark Demsteader

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Introduction Hi, My name is Alice Russell and I am currently studying for my Art and Design A-Level at KEVI, Morpeth. We have been given the task of writing a personal study on an artist. As I was enthralled by Mark Demsteader's work; his use of tone, light and texture; I decided to complete my study on him I first saw Mark Demsteader's work when I was looking on a website: Art Group. Demsteader's work and his natural looking emotive pictures immediately captivated me. Demsteader creates a powerful portrayal of the human body in pure, assured lines of charcoal and gouache. His work has sparked a new interest in traditional life drawing. Demsteader's vast technical ability is reflected in the natural sensitivity with which he imbues each of his pieces. Although secluded in the picture plane, each model seems to live and breathe; their expression and poise convey a sense of narrative that invites the viewer to ask more questions about them. Mark Demsteader was born in 1963 in Manchester where he still lives and works. He studied at Rochdale College and Oldham College before taking up a postgraduate position at the Slade School of Art in London. In a long and varied career his drawings have won several awards including The Lyceum Prize and The Sidney Andrews Scholarship. ...read more.


Personally, I really like this drawing; I love how Demsteader uses layers of black and white to create a detailed depiction of his model. It is clear, by looking at Demsteader's work that he had a deep understanding of structure and anatomy and he illustrates this understanding through his innovative drawings. Copying a piece of Demsteader's work To try and entirely understand Mark Demsteader's work I decided to copy a pie of his work that I particularly admired; I chose to copy 'Drawing 2' in chalk and charcoal. To The right is Demsteader's original copy of this piece and my copy of this is shown on the following slide. Attempting to copy a piece of Demsteader's work really demonstrated to me how difficult it is to draw such an accurate portrayal of a person. I now appreciate a lot more, how much time must be put into each piece of Demsteader's work to achieve the outcome he does. I am not very pleased with my copy of 'Drawing II' as I don't feel I managed to draw the shapes of her face as accurately as they needed to be and that my shading wasn't in depth enough. I think to improve my drawing; I think I needed to create more of a contrast between the black and white sections of light and shadow on the models body. ...read more.


Being financially driven in 1983, Young graduated in engineering and wanting to travel, he did become a design consultant for some time however, was an artist at heart and he returned to Commercial Art. Young became a professional freelance artist, and developed artistry and his own personal style through self tuition. He displayed his artwork on his website, in galleries, magazine publications, shows and exhibitions and has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. Young is a member of: Royal Society for Arts, Fine Art Trade Guild and Design and Artists Copyright Society. Similarity Both artists use the same subject matter of the human body - both mainly using female models Difference Despite the fact that both artists have the same subject matter of the human form, a lot of Young's work is done on black paper whereas the Demsteader's drawings are done on white. The illusion of the drawing is completely changed just by the colour of the paper; Young's work on the black paper creates almost an element of mystery by a lot of the model in shadow. Both Artists use pastel to create their drawing of their models; however they both use it in such a different way, because the texture of the different models skin presented so differently. Demsteader's shading is appears a bit more spontaneous whereas Young's looks more designed. Young's uses of pastel also, makes the skin look a bit more uneven compared to Demsteader's. ...read more.

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