Tuesday, April 05, 2011
There is a not-to-missed show of James McMullan's artwork at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. He is a fabulous watercolor artist. Whatever he is painting, whether it is the human figure (for his theater posters on display) or garbage trucks and backhoe loaders (for his popular children's books I Stink! and I'm Dirty! amongst others) his color, line, and design are always an inspiration. It was awesome watching him do figure drawing and hearing him talk about his method in the video on display. The show is in the downstairs gallery near the Amsterdam entrance at 65th St. It's on until June 11 and there is a beautiful illustrated brochure - all for free.
And thanks to the show, I learned about a series of contributions McMullan made about drawing called Line By Line on the New York Times blog: Opinionator: wonderful for both artists and people who haven't picked up a pencil with the intention of drawing since they were young. Here is also the link from McMullan's website. I totally recommend checking all of this out!