Mark Stephenson

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All hands on Deck 2022

Mark, May 2 2022

Update: Auction is open, here is a link to my board. I'm happy to be participating in All Hands on Deck 2022 #AHOD2022, it's been a few years since I participated and it feels good. All Hands on Deck is an annual fundraiser in Ottawa, Canada, where artists create skateboards that are auctioned off to raise funds for a charity. This year the funds r...

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Wish you were here

Mark, October 11 2020

This is the first time I've participated in an Alumni exhibition. I studied Graphic Design at St. Lawrence College where I learned the fundamentals that have been the foundation of my design and art pursuits. I'm grateful for all the knowledge that my professors passed along and for the life lessons I learned in the process. And I learned some less...

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Alternatives to drawing the figure from life

Mark, March 20 2020

This post contains nudity 18+. Life drawing sessions are being cancelled everywhere as we social distance and quarantine ourselves to avoid the spread of Covid-19. But this doesn't mean you have to stop drawing the figure. Here is a list of alternatives to drawing the figure from life.

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First drawing from 2020!

Mark, January 17 2020

My first life drawing from 2020 and first time using this the Golden high flow Dioxazine purple colour I picked up just before the holidays. Pen and ink on hot press board, 14in x 20in.

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Couple drawings from 2019

Mark, December 27 2019

Lots going on this year with a move and work but I have been getting out to do some life drawing here and there this year. Here are a couple recent pen and ink drawings. Tried out a new Holbien acrylic ink for this one, flows nice, great colour. Pen and Ink on 140lb hot pressed paper, 20" x 14"

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OAC Luck

Mark, November 24 2019

(image above: a pen and ink drawing I've donated to Luck 2019) I'm proud to be participating in the Ottawa Arts Council's annual fundraiser Luck. Luck takes place on Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at The Studio, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa Artists donate works and the Ottawa Arts Council sells tickets, each ticket guarantees you an...

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Wilf and Ada's, "Eclectic Nine"

Mark, September 19 2019

A friend of mine Jennifer Ford has curated a small show of works at Wilf and Asd's, a little restaurant at 510 Bank St in Ottawa.  That's my pen and in drawing in the middle. Here is the list of the artists in the show, go check it out while it's up.

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Figureworks Prize Call for Artists

Mark, August 22 2019

I am proud to share the Figureworks Prize call for artists with you. Figureworks is a passion of mine. I first got involved as an artist finalist then as a volunteer and for the last few years I chair the board for this amazing volunteer run not for profit organization.  Below is our call for artists, I hope you consider submitting and coming to th...

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Where to go life drawing in Ottawa and Gatineau

Mark Stephenson, February 9 2019

Life drawing, also know as figure drawing is one of my passions. The act of drawing the human figure is my meditation, at the end of it I feel calm and centered. No longer do I get to hung up on the end product, it's about being around other artists, my tribe, and the joy the act of creation brings me.

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