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Art student to display series of drawings during senior art show

Nicholas Schulman has always been interested in the art of animation.

The idea of taking drawings and giving them life has always resonated with me, he said.

The Austin Peay State University senior art major will unveil an exhibition of charcoal drawings, titled Sketch, on April 13 in the Trahern Student Gallery. An opening reception is planned from 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 13.

The exhibit, open to the public, can be viewed from noon-2 p.m., April 14; 1-3 p.m., April 15; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 16; and from 1-3 p.m., April 17.
Nicholas Schulman has always been interested in the art of animation.

“The idea of taking drawings and giving them life has always resonated with me,” he said.

The Austin Peay State University senior art major will unveil an exhibition of charcoal drawings, titled “Sketch,” on April 13 in the Trahern Student Gallery. An opening reception is planned from 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 13.

The exhibit, open to the public, can be viewed from noon-2 p.m., April 14; 1-3 p.m., April 15; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 16; and from 1-3 p.m., April 17.

Schulman's exhibition will exist of various drawings from life, photographs and portrait caricatures. He works primarily with toned paper with charcoal and conte crayon.

“I am showcasing a series of drawings that an artist might show in a portfolio for an animation school,” Schulman said. “There is a wide variety of drawings from the realistic to simple to highlight the wide range of abilities that is required for an artist and animator.

“I am taking my fine art training and incorporating some aspects of the animation business in them.”

For Schulman, many of the ideas for his drawings have come through his imagination.

“Many of the drawings come from ideas that I sketch on scrap paper during work or impromptu drawings that I make when I am inspired. For me, drawing characters is a craft that I have taught myself. It has always been a natural talent for me,” he said. “I hope that my drawings have a sense of life to them much like an animated character.”

Some of the work exhibited is of a quick and sketchy nature, that show the drawing and animation process.

“My favorite drawings have always been the kind that are sketched quickly and look rough.”

Schulman's exhibition will consist of 15 fine art pieces, all of which are framed and matted. -- Melony Shemberger