Jon deMartin is among the leading figurative artists working today and has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty years at the most prestigious academies and ateliers in the country. His work has been reproduced in many publications, and he has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the John Pence gallery, and the Beijing World Art museum, just to name a few.
In his book Drawing Atelier – The Figure: How to Draw in a Classical Style, Jon does just that by sharing techniques and approaches for drawing the human form.
In this episode, Jon discusses:
-His artistic history, which included a mixture of graphic design, fine art, and baseball.
-How he began to create a path for himself to be a fine artist while he was a graphic artist.
-Why fine art was so attractive to him and why he always kept that passion throughout his life.
-Some of the initial Resistances that he faced when starting his figurative drawing.
-How teaching was the thing that helped him to transition from a graphic artist into a fine artist in terms of making money.
-His advice to not have any expectations of the amount of time it will take you to achieve your grand goal, but to be patient and stick with it.
-How he balances his time, especially when his own work can’t happen fast enough.
-Keeping journals as he creates his work to help him determine what works and what doesn’t work.
-The importance of analysis in a creative endeavor.
-How he tries to teach his students the importance of conceptualization before the technical aspects of a project.
-The idea of becoming closer to the master that you have been striving to become.
-The importance of not deleting or erasing your old work, so that you can have something to compare yourself to in the future.
-How he started writing his book, Drawing Atelier – The Figure: How to Draw in a Classical Style.
Jon's Final Push will inspire you to keep your dream alive, no matter what is going on around you!
“At some point the interest of drawing reawakened in me.”
“I always had that dream of being a fine artist and I think that’s why I was always doing it on my own. It’s important to keep that dream alive.”
“If you really feel that passionate about something, I think it will happen. Whether or not it will be a full-time career, who knows?”
“Don’t have any expectations of time or deadlines, just keep doing what you like to do and it will happen.”