The Turning Point in My Drawing Ability


I created the first drawing in 1997 from a photo of Tom Cruise. Then in 2004, after studying Lee Hammond’s book How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs (North Light Books, 1995), I rendered the second drawing of my brother, David.

Needless to say, Hammond’s book was responsible for a big turning point in my drawing ability. This lesson certainly opened up my eyes and reinforced my belief in the saying that “Knowledge is Power”.

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Here are two more “before and after” examples.  The first one was drawn from a photograph of actress Kim Delaney in 1997. I drew the second portrait in 2007 from an image of Lex Barker, one of my favorite actors who played Tarzan.

Thank you, Lee Hammond, for sharing your knowledge with me and everyone else who reads your books.

A Step-By-Step Oil Painting Demo by George Gallo


Besides being one of today’s greatest master painters, George Gallo is also a screenwriter, director and producer. “Local Color”, which he wrote and directed, is a film about an aspiring young artist who befriends an elderly Russian Master.

Gallo will be featured in a new book by Cindy Salaski, “Oil Painting With the Masters: Essential Techniques from 20 of Today’s Top Artists”. The book will be published by F+W Media/North Light Books, and is scheduled for release in July 2014.

Click here to view George Gallo’s Step-By-Step Oil Painting Demonstration of The River in Winter.