“Drawing Basic Portraits, Simplified” By Bernard Hoffman, Is Revolutionary With Step-By-Step Instructions

Bernard Hoffman has taken his life long experience with drawing and painting to write a book to help people who claim they cannot draw, to actually create portraits!  A member of the Portrait Society of America, Hoffman has shown his work at every American Embassy in the world, plus the Whitney Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Institute, Metropolitan Museum, and too many to name in this introduction.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of his book, “Drawing Basic Portraits, Simplified”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Hoffman starts off by telling The Rickie Report, “Drawing portraits can be rewarding and fun”.  He has devised typical proportional guides, with a step-by-step tutorial that will make it easy for any beginner or landscape artist to follow. Plus, he clarifies details for artists who want to draw better portraits.

 

Various portraits by Bernard Hoffman

 

 

He goes on to say, “No two faces look alike, yet everyone has two eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. They will vary from face to face, so pick your pose and begin sketching!”  He urges us to follow each step carefully, working with light strokes and then moving to darker strokes, continually adjusting our drawing to the individual features of our model.   Bernard stresses the importance of good light and paying strict attention to each minute detail.  He shares, “Draw not only what you see, but incorporate what you learn.  Remember, this is only a starting guide”.  There are many comments from hobbyists to professional artists, who have honed their skills with Bernard’s assistance.  His workbook/textbook shows that learning the relationships of facial details is not only possible, but something you can become proficient in!

 

 

 

Bernard Hoffman has been drawing and painting since elementary school. At age 10, he was awarded a scholarship to The Little Red Schoolhouse art classes in Greenwich Village.  At age 12, he received a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the next year, he was accepted to the High School of Music & Art.  He received a scholarship to the School for Art Studies, followed by a scholarship to attend the Pratt Institute.  In addition, he attended classes at the Art Students League, winning many awards and exhibiting his paintings in galleries and museums.

 

Pastel Portraits by Bernard Hoffman

 

 

Within months of graduation, Bernard served in the US Navy Air Force during the Korean War, using his special skills for recruitment, training, and illustration of classified Navy Air Force projects.  After his service, Bernard founded Benaul Associates, an art studio in New York City. His company grew into a full strength advertising agency, where he did everything except the bookkeeping. He was also an Art Director & Production Manager for a magazine for 16 years before he retired.

 

 

 

In 1952, Bernard was commissioned to paint 16 original color illustrations to commemorate Benjamin Franklin’s 250th birthday.  They were produced as souvenir stamps for a historical and biographical album describing episodes of Franklin’s life. They found their way into US Embassies around the world as well as to international and national corporations. This achievement was recorded in the US Congressional Record and Mayor Wagner of New York unveiled mural enlargements of these paintings at the New York Art Director’s Club. While reproductions of Bernard’s artistry can be found in textbooks, one is also hanging next to Norman Rockwell’s  “Ben Franklin” picture.  The original paintings are part of a public collection of “The Free Library of Philadelphia”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since his retirement, Bernard has taught portrait painting in Pennsylvania and in Florida.  He is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has received numerous awards including the Department of Parks Art Contest, Society of Illustrators, and National AAA Poster Contest, to name a few.  Bernard’s paintings are part of private and corporate and international collections.

 

 

To contact Bernard Hoffman about his book, lessons or his artistry, please  contact him at benaul@yahoo.com, or to purchase his book go to Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com

 

 

 

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Joe Marcou Is Featured Wellington Art Society Artist At Whole Foods Gallery

The Wellington Art Society in conjunction with Whole Foods Market Wellington features Artist, Joseph Marcou.  The public is invited to see his work currently on display and to attend a Meet The Artist Reception on Friday, November 4th. Whole Foods Market Wellington will provide delicious appetizers, wine and live music. In addition, there will be special door prizes. The Wellington Art Society requests a $5 per person donation to go toward their Scholarship Fund. His paintings will be on exhibit through December. Combining art food, wine and music is a wonderful way to begin your weekend! The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

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WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY

Presents

A SOLO EXHIBITION

by

Joseph Marcou

PUBLIC RECEPTION:

Friday, November 4th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe  

2635 SR7    Wellington, FL

561.904.4000

$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

Exhibit Is Available At This Time

 

 

 

 

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“Wildfire” by Joseph Marcou

Joseph Marcou was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His mother was a teacher and a talented artist, so art was always a part of his life. He began drawing and making things at an early age. His parents died young and at 16 he moved to Mexico with his uncle who was a comptroller of a U.S. Commission. One night while at a concert he sketched the pianist. He showed it to his uncle’s friend, the artist Enrique Asunsolo, who realized his talent and suggested that Joe make art his career. This was his defining moment.

 

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“Starlight Gardenia” by Joseph Marcou

Joe attended the Art School of New York State Tech, majoring in commercial art, now called graphic design. He served as Art Director at several design firms before becoming National Director over four International Paper Company package design studios. His last position was Revlon’s Director of Package Design.

 

 

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“Golden Calla” by Joseph Marcou

He then opened Joseph Marcou Design Inc. which he ran for 33 years, specializing in package design, logo and trademark development, corporate brochures and annual reports. Some of his clients were Gorton’s of Gloucester, Johnson and Johnson, and Perillo Tours, to mention a few.

 

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“Red Poppy” by Joseph Marcou

Throughout his long design career, Joe continued fine art painting for himself. When he finally retired from the corporate world , he was able to turn to the sheer enjoyment of creating art full time. He is particularly well known for his extraordinary floral paintings, capturing their essence with drama and unusual style. His paintings are in many private national and international collections. He has been represented by the Farnsworth Gallery and exhibits his work in many outdoor art fairs.  Joe says he is inspired by the resilience of nature and what its limitless imagination and whimsy creates. 

 

 

WELLINGTON  ART  SOCIETY:

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization, in its 35th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit wellingtonartsociety.org

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291