Saturday, August 12, 2023

"Polyphemos2" by Thomas J. Durham

For ANY inspiring Artist for either Fine Art Traditional or I wanted to take the time to introduce my Best Friend - Thomas Durham, who is one of the most talented and driven artists in the world today creating incredible, award-winning, Sculptures and prints from his sketches from the live model. He creates work that is reminiscent of the great masters like Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Here is a video tutorial of how to sculpt the Human head. 

Some of the multitude of incredible works by Tom....

"Leonard Bernstein" 

"The Myth of Sisyphus" 

"Christ with Child"


"Thomas Jefferson"

"Gustav Mahler" 

Tom's art website is

Here is the video training for free!

Apparently there are other videos from other artists on this site, so that is neat. 

If you want to learn more about Fine Art Sculpting and Figure Drawing from great masters around the world. Here are Two sites I HIGHLY recommend!


Monday, June 12, 2023




JUNE 11TH, 2023


As I approached the vicinity of my family's ancient graveyard, a sense of reverence and curiosity washed over me. The path leading to the cemetery had become rugged and untamed, with nature's relentless grip reclaiming the land. Tall grasses, wildflowers, and moss-covered stones obscured the way, making it feel as though I was entering a forgotten realm.

The graveyard itself was nestled beside a majestic oak tree, whose gnarled branches reached out as if to guard the sacred ground. The tree's immense size and age were evident in its weathered bark, etched with the passage of countless seasons. Its presence exuded a timeless aura, as if it had stood witness to the lives and stories of generations past.

As I stepped closer, the ground beneath my feet changed texture, becoming uneven and occasionally sinking slightly, revealing the remnants of ancient graves. These grave markers, weathered and worn by the passage of time, stood as silent sentinels of the past. Some were mere fragments of what they once were, while others still bore faded inscriptions that hinted at the names and dates of those who had long since departed.

The graveyard had fallen into a state of abandonment, with nature asserting its dominance over the man-made structures. Crumbling stone walls surrounded the perimeter, their mortar weakened by the relentless march of time. Amongst the overgrowth, broken and toppled tombstones lay scattered, their epitaphs obscured by moss and ivy, making it difficult to discern the identities of those laid to rest.

As I walked amidst the graves, a profound sense of connection and gratitude overwhelmed me. These were the final resting places of my ancestors, the custodians of the stories and heritage that had shaped my existence. It was humbling to consider the lives they had led, their triumphs and sorrows, their joys and struggles, all now silent and intertwined with the earth.

Amidst the faded memories and crumbling remnants, the old oak tree stood as a steadfast reminder of the passage of time. It symbolized the resilience of life, its roots deeply entwined with the ancestral memories beneath the ground. The breeze rustled through the leaves, as if whispering ancestral secrets and carrying echoes of forgotten tales.

As I left the ancient graveyard, I carried with me a profound appreciation for the lives that came before mine. The overgrown paths and fallen tombstones served as a reminder of the impermanence of human existence, urging me to cherish the present and honor the legacies of those who had gone before me. This profound thought came to mind today, on my day of Birth Fifty Seven years ago, June the Eleventh, Nineteen Hundred and Sixty Six.

What have you done today?

James Christopher Hill


Sunday, June 4, 2023

The Purposeful exclusion of Older-More Experienced Artists in New Art Shows

"Sorry gentlemen, but this is for the younger "cooler" generation of artists,
we just think you too old (after 50) to be with US...
but thank you for laying all the groundwork in this city!"

Bridging the Generation Gap in the Art World

Fostering Inclusivity Among Younger and

The More Experienced Artists


Artistic communities have long been renowned for their ability to inspire and unite individuals from various backgrounds and generations. However, in recent times, a growing concern has emerged regarding the deliberate exclusion of more experienced artists by their younger counterparts. This trend has raised questions about the dynamics within art communities and the need for greater inclusivity to ensure a diverse and vibrant artistic ecosystem. In this article, we delve into the motivations behind this perceived exclusion and explore potential ways to bridge the generation gap, fostering collaboration and understanding among artists of all ages.

The Shift in Artistic Paradigms

It is important to acknowledge that the art world, like any other field, is subject to shifts in perspectives and priorities over time. Younger artists, often labeled as "emerging," are more likely to challenge existing norms and experiment with new artistic mediums, styles, and approaches. This natural inclination for exploration and innovation can inadvertently create a sense of separation from older, more established artists who may be associated with more traditional or classical artistic practices.

Perceived Advantages of Youth

One possible reason for younger artists deliberately excluding their more experienced peers could be the perception that age equates to a lack of relevance. As younger artists strive to carve out their space in the art community, they may believe that older artists have already enjoyed their heyday, and therefore, their contributions may not align with the emerging artistic trends. This inclination towards novelty and freshness can lead to a disregard for the wisdom and experience accumulated by older artists over the years.

Power Dynamics and Scarcity

Art communities are not exempt from power dynamics, which can influence the interactions between artists of different generations. Younger artists, fueled by a desire for recognition and limited opportunities, may view the presence of more experienced artists as a threat to their own visibility and opportunities for success. This scarcity mentality can result in a competitive environment where exclusionary behaviors prevail, unintentionally sidelining those who have spent decades honing their craft.

Building Bridges and Fostering Collaboration:

·        Encouraging Dialogue:

Facilitating open and constructive conversations between younger and more experienced artists can help bridge the generational divide. Art organizations, galleries, and community spaces can arrange panel discussions, workshops, and mentorship programs to foster understanding and mutual respect among artists of different ages.

·        Celebrating diversity:

Recognizing that artistic expression is multifaceted and encompasses various styles, mediums, and perspectives is vital for creating an inclusive environment. Emphasizing the value of diverse artistic voices encourages artists of all ages toappreciate each other's work and promotes a sense of unity within the community.

·        Collaboration and mentorship opportunities:

Actively encouraging intergenerational collaborations can prove mutually beneficial for both younger and more experienced artists. Pairing artists from different generations for joint projects or mentorship programs fosters knowledge exchange, fosters innovative ideas, and cultivates a sense of camaraderie among artists.

·         Curatorship and exhibition curation:

Curators play a crucial role in shaping the artistic landscape. By actively seeking out and including artists of all ages in exhibitions and shows, curators can challenge the notion of exclusion and encourage diverse representation.


The deliberate exclusion of more experienced artists by their younger counterparts poses a challenge and ultimately a real threat to the inclusivity and unity that art communities have strived over the many years to achieve.  It is essential for artists, art organizations, curators, and community leaders to address this issue by fostering dialogue, promoting collaboration, and celebrating the diversity of artistic expression. By embracing the unique strengths and perspectives of artists from all generations, we can ensure the longevity and vitality of the art community for years to come.


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Mastering Figure Drawing: Tips for Creating Better Artworks

  • Introduction: Figure drawing is a fundamental aspect of art that allows artists to capture the human form and convey emotions, movements, and stories. Whether you're an aspiring artist or a seasoned professional, improving your figure drawing skills is a continuous journey of observation, practice, and experimentation. In this blog, we'll explore some essential tips and techniques to help you create better figure drawings that showcase depth, proportion, and expression.
Study Anatomy:
  • Understanding the underlying anatomy of the human body is crucial for accurate figure drawing. Invest time in studying skeletal structure, muscle groups, and how they interact. Familiarize yourself with the major landmarks of the body such as the spine, joints, and ribcage. This knowledge will enhance your ability to represent the human figure convincingly, even when stylized or in dynamic poses.

Gesture Drawing:

  • Gesture drawing involves capturing the essence and movement of a figure in quick, loose strokes. Practice capturing the gesture of a pose before focusing on details. Observe the overall flow of the body, its weight distribution, and the implied lines of action. Gesture drawing trains your eye to see the underlying energy and dynamics, helping you create more lively and expressive figure drawings.
Proportions and Measurement:
  • Proportions are essential for achieving realistic figure drawings. Use techniques like comparative measurement to establish accurate relationships between body parts. For instance, you can compare the length of a figure's head to the rest of the body or use the head as a unit of measurement for other body parts. Remember that proportions can vary depending on the style and purpose of your artwork, so develop a strong foundation and then experiment with intentional deviations.
Foreshortening and Perspective:
  • Foreshortening occurs when body parts appear shorter or distorted due to their angle in relation to the viewer. Mastering foreshortening adds depth and dimension to your figure drawings. Study perspective principles and how they affect the human form. Practice drawing figures from various angles, incorporating foreshortening to create a sense of depth and realism.

    Value and Shading

  • Understanding light and shadow is crucial for giving form and volume to your figure drawings. Study how light interacts with different surfaces and learn to depict highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. Experiment with various shading techniques, such as hatching, cross-hatching, and blending, to create depth and convey three-dimensionality in your artwork.
Continuous Practice
  • Improvement in figure drawing comes through consistent practice. Set aside dedicated time for regular drawing sessions. Experiment with different poses, body types, and gestures to expand your repertoire. Consider joining life drawing classes or hiring models to practice observation skills and develop your artistic style.
    Seek Critique and Feedback:
  • Sharing your work with fellow artists or joining art communities can provide valuable feedback and constructive criticism. Engage in discussions, attend workshops, and seek mentorship from experienced artists who can guide you in improving your figure drawing skills. Embrace feedback as an opportunity for growth and refinement.
  • Conclusion
    • Creating better figure drawings requires a combination of knowledge, observation, and practice. By studying anatomy, mastering gesture drawing, understanding proportions, and experimenting with foreshortening and shading techniques, you can breathe life into your artwork. Remember to continually challenge yourself, seek feedback, and enjoy the process of artistic growth. With time and dedication, you'll develop a unique style and confidently express your artistic vision through captivating figure drawings.

    Sunday, January 22, 2023

    Whatever happened to James Christopher Hill and his art?!

      Yes, It's me, James Christopher Hill.  I honestly wish I had a cooler, easy to remember name than one of the most overused names in the Western Hemisphere. It used to be almost amusing whenever I went to a crowded location like a mall.  Sometimes, a woman would scream out "Chris! COME HERE NOW!" - I would always turn and see if she might have been trying to get my attention but it would be a stranger scolding her child that walked away from her. But I digress. 

    For the past 3.5 years, life has been really, really hard on me. The details are personal, but let's just say that I struggle each day to make it through.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I've been suffering major depression and anxiety for 5 years. I almost came out of it in 2019 and then the bottom dropped out on September 6th, 2019.  Since then, I've been worse off. Then Covid hit, Made it through that nightmare so far, but I still take precautions. Then comes right after Covid, the invasion of Ukraine thanks to "Puken", Gas prices skyrocket because oil companies can charge whatever they want.  I honestly don't know how the rich owners of oil companies, especially the King and Prince of Saudi Arabia being worth 1.4 Trillion dollars (yep, that's right) and call themselves good Muslims. Meanwhile about 2 billion people in the world don't have access to clean water, food, health and shelter homelessness in America has skyrocketed which is horrible along with all of the other horrible atrocities that are happening between gun violence, mistreatment of people seeking political asylum and racism is out of control. What makes this horrible even more is that it's the year 2023 - I thought we had evolved as a population, but I guess not. Then we have the media basically giving everyone that sells something that people need a reason to raise prices due to media starting the rumor which became true overnight - "Inflation" which much of it is caused by rising gas prices while the oil companies are making record profits while sitting on enough oil to practically give away. Of course, the "Federal Reserve" raising rates right after Covid after lowing rates to near zero for many years causing home prices to skyrocket and if you can't get a home, you have to rent at insane prices which is almost criminal. Basically, there are many nightmares happening on a continuous basis.  

    I guess, in a way, as I seem to have a sixth sense, I sensed darkness coming for the world for many years.Let's just say it hard for me to smile during times like this as I'm empathic and hate to see so many suffer. I guess that's why I started right after September 11th, 2001 to create bright, vivid art with a highly saturated color palette.  Many of my now friends that started out as customers fell in love with my art because of the way it made them feel. I had a mission suddenly, to create highly saturated in color art to an almost surreal, abstract depiction of our world.  Everything I created was vivid and bright.  If it was a city that I painted, the cities where Utopian in nature as I LOVE architecture, especially Art Deco, Futurist to Cutting Edge, Zero Carbon footprint cities that create their own power naturally with no fossil fuels as well as generate clean water by filtering out toxic water and cleaning our oceans using natural plants and it can be done easily enough.  Self sustaining cities became another "mission" of mine so I could introduce a hopeful vision of the future.  We just got to get past these times and embrace harmonious sharing and loving of ourselves and helping others. 

    Copyright 2021 - James Christopher Hill

     Medrearail City in the Afternoon - Copyright 2021 - James Christopher Hill - James Hill Gallery 

    So, it's January of 2023, isn't it time we grow up, love each other and really focus on cleaning this world from toxins, pollution and carbon and methane emissions which are massively raising the Earth's temperature way above the normal global warming via nature and pole shifting.  I still believe in the future, but greed must be obliterated and love in its place. Sounds like a pipe dream but we could be that easily enough.  There has to be a way.  People are terrified of A.I. but that might be the answer in disguise. We start though, by working on ourselves which is something I've been personally working very hard at since 2019.  Some progress has been made over time for which I'm proud of. I do have a large new body of artwork to unleash. I have also spent the last three years unlearning bad sketching habits and learning from the masters good sketching habits especially with the human figure. Many are on my website under Figure NSFW.  

    So, I've been here, I'm still working on art, but just honing my skills. Finally, I had to finish a major commissioned peace (one that took years off of my life and more than that). Long story there and tune in later for more details and to see the painting. 

    I love you all and miss you, but life has been hard for me mentally as it's been for many out there.  If you see someone struggling with Depression and Anxiety, be there for them, hold them, love them, and do NOT tell them to snap out of it.  You don't know until you've been there.  You can't imagine the strength it takes to persevere! I hope none of you reading this ever have to feel the way I do. At least I'm still able to create and I'm grateful for the blessing. 

    With love, James (aka "Chris") Hill. 

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    My Latest Charcoal Sketch - Freehand

    This is my latest attempt at finally learning to sketch in full charcoal vein and pencils.  This is a portrait of the incredibly beautiful, alluring, brilliant and very talented and creative Artist Esmeralda -
    She is a Model, Photographer, Very Skilled Seamstress and just very creative and talented person - a Genius. She lives in Germany and if you want to see more of her, give her a Follow on Instagram at

    Here is the Original Photograph I created my sketch from.... :) 

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