Jeffrey at Sea and more art by Paul McCusker

Jeffrey at Sea
20 x 16 inch (h x w)
Acrylic on canvas board
not for sale

Artist Statement
There is nothing more inspiring or challenging to me as an artist than to stand in front of a live model in a classroom situation. You have little control over your position in the room or the pose selected by the model. There is a limited amount of time in which to complete the work, often as little as 2.5 hours to come up with a solid study. Sometimes a pose will be held over 3 sessions but not often. You need to take into account your composition, angles, structure, proportion, values, colours, background and numerous variables. It’s difficult to fake anything. If you’re painting a tree you can get away with weak proportions, but everyone knows when an arm looks too big or a head too small. Later when the model is captured...I put them into a story. That's when imagination comes into play.

Artist Bio
Paul McCusker graduated from both the Illustration and Media Arts Cartooning programs at Sheridan College. He has been freelancing as a Cartoonist/Illustrator since 1976. First as a local cartoonist for the Guelph Life Newspaper and later for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Paul was also one of the Orb comic artists. Paul has worked in Educational Publishing and has Illustrated several Children and Young adult books. He also served as a courtroom artist for five years and worked on Canada’s most infamous “Bernardo Trial” for the Toronto Star. He was the artist on Owl Magazine’s long running “Mighty-Mites” comic strip (Written by Harold Eastman.) from 1993 until 2000. Paul worked full time as a concept artist and designer for Forrec Ltd. Forrec designs theme parks and entertainment facilities around the globe. Paul is now retired from the work-a-day world and lives in Mississauga Ont. Paul likes to draw and paint from the figure.

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other works by Paul McCusker

Lazuli Art 1, 2020
30 x 24 inch (h x w)

more from Visual Arts Mississauga

Sunny Side Up
6 x 6 inch (h x w)

Sunflower Sunshine
16.5 x 11.7 inch (h x w)

High Tea at Riverwood
16 x 20 inch (h x w)

A Yellow Afternoon
18 x 30 inch (h x w)

Sunflowers in My Backyard
9 x 12 inch (h x w)
Mixed media: gouache
pen and pencil crayon on watercolour paper


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