Charcoal drawing of a live model, with ink accents, completed at Halstead School of Portraiture and Figure Art (Evanston, IL) by Hannah Frank




I am a Midwestern person who can draw. In this creative life, I learn patience, apply work ethic, and trust that the Gods will favor me at least once in awhile if I focus on the task at hand: making lasting beauty out of thin air. 
I hold a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have worked in painting and drawing, primarily in oil paints and charcoal,
as well as in relief printing, etching, woodworking and most recently in pen and ink. 
Hand drawing is the basis not just for art, but ideas in general. My drawing skills are essentially my idea skills -- which I seek to hone, whether designing a T-shirt, a scene on paper, a website or a tall foyer in a towering architectural space.
Musician Eric Schneider. Photo by HJ Frank.

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Photography and Marketing for Musicians

As a musician myself, I often talk to and associate with other musicians. We talk shop, and try to make sense of the current state of the music industry and how to proceed and stay creative and relevant. 

I have been thrilled to capture musicians and moments with my camera. New to the insights of photography, it's a home for my eye to see things in new ways.

I am excited to offer photography services to musicians and am honored to capture their creative energy, substance and character in my work. 

Below, see songwriter VR Sarti, photographed at Heartland Cafe in Chicago, IL. For more information, email hfrankgroup(at)gmail.com.

Custom Artwork for Your Living Room
An essay by HJ Frank

I am not the type of artist with a deep understanding of modern art, and my head so far up my own arse that I am thinking about my artistic vision, and the rest of the world be damned.

On the contrary, I love a soft moment when I am sketching someone on the el, and they see me, and there's this unspoken nod that I can continue, and then-- right when they get off, I rip it out of my notebook and give it to them, and I know it's good, and I know they will like it and I never see them again. That's art.
Art is about solving problems, and it is executed with a high level of craftsmanship.  The problem can be grand or minute, but it is relative here. 

The issue could be how do circles look when intertwined over a three-dimensional space when lit from within: in a painting, or in a woodcut? How do the colors orange and black work together? What is the best way to show that moment I saw when the model turned her hands and looked to the left? What was that that I saw? How can someone's love of daisies be shown in a giant drawing, or in a small etching? 

These are all questions that have been invented...

If you could have one piece of artwork in your living space, which you would not grow weary of, what would it be? ​​
Singer-songwriter VR Sarti. Photo by HJ Frank.


"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future — the timelessness of the rocks and the hills — all the people who have existed there," he once said. "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape — the loneliness of it — the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show. 

"I think anything like that — which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone — people always feel is sad. Is it because we've lost the art of being alone?"             

                                 - Andrew Wyeth

Capture someone or something for eternity.

These are samples of portraits I have completed from live models in oil paint, charcoal
and/or chalk-like pencil.
The first thing I feel when I am about to start drawing is pure terror. To battle the terror, I use these tools: 

1) Geometry: how are the angles working together, especially to support the form?
2) Relationships: How are the points of interest in relation to one another? Nose to ear, hat to chin, shoulder to shoulder...
3) Importance: Finding one important edge, shadow or point of intrigue and working out from there.
4) Falling in love. If you love the way a shadow looks, or a cheekbone, you can draw it better.