A couple months ago I was asked to write a piece about sketching in the snow for Artists Magazine. (That link takes you to their subscription and individual issue purchase page. I’m in the January/February 2019 issue.)
My copies arrived a couple days ago.
The issue includes my 4-page article with 9 helpful tips on sketching snow, as well as a full page sketch on the section opening page (shown in today’s photo).
About ten or more years ago my friend Ken Avidor got me sketching snow piles because he was finding MONSTER piles (snow piles where all the city plowing trucks would dump their snow). I started sketching smaller piles that were across the alley, or across a street where I might be shopping. In short, I started sketching them everywhere I found them. I even made a zine about snow piles.
In the article in Artists Magazine you’ll see nine of my favorite snow pile sketches and tips on how you can focus on snow, draw snow, and have fun sketching in winter.
Ultimately that’s really what sketching snow piles is all about—getting out to sketch in the winter and continuing to sketch, despite the cold temperatures, wind, and, well snow!
When you live in a climate where snow can fall all but 3 of the 12 months (I’ve seen it fall as late as May and as early as September) you really have to gear up and get out there, regardless of the weather.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the January/February 2019 Artists Magazine and read my article. And I also encourage you to enter “snow piles” in my search engine and find even more snow pile sketches and thoughts on winter sketching.
Then of course, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I expect you to get out and do some snow pile sketching of your own.