Here is my latest piece which I just finished yesterday. This is currently on display at the Reading Art Association Fall Art Exhibit. This piece will be judged on Friday, November 11, 2016. Opening reception on Friday November 11th from 7:30PM to 9:30PM
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Small update on my portrait of "Amy". I'm using Pentel P205 mechanical pencils still with 4H, 2H, B, and 2B leads. I am blending using q-tip cotton swabs, a medium tortillion, and a 2 inch Hake Brush. My blending technique is simple, I add a layer of graphite by making extremely tiny overlapping circles, it's actually more of a circular motion that I make. I then blend, also making a circular motion lightly. I then repeat the process and add more layers of graphite until I have the correct tone that I want to achieve. More to come soon!
I'm I'm starting a new portrait, "Amy". I'm a little nervous with this one because she is someone who I admire and has taught me so much and has inspired me in so many ways, more than she will ever know. Some of my Team Beachbody friends will recognize her (I hope), I want this to be more than just a drawing, I want this to be a celebration of who she is and of someone who has taught me that it's OK to be myself and to just go for it!!!
A little bit about my process, I draw out my line drawing on plain ole' printer paper, nothing fancy using a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead. BI do this because I make a lot of mistakes and I erase often. My finished work is done on Bristol Smooth paper which is expensive, so to not damage my finished drawing paper, I use printer paper to start. My line drawing is the "ugly stage" of my process. The lines are drawing quickly and look like a 2 year old did them. My line drawing is just for placement purposes only, to map out where I want the facial features and light and shadow. Once I'm content with my line drawing, I tape it to the back of my Bristol Paper and transfer my line drawing to my Bristol paper using a light box. I again use a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead. I like a 2B lead because it's hard enough I can use a soft touch with out damaging the paper yet soft enough I can still see my lines (which is ironic because I blend out my lines as I draw, but that process will come soon enough). Now that I have my finished line drawing, I can start adding tone and texture to bring Amy to life on paper. More to come soon!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
WHere is my completed commissioned portrait of Bobby Darin, this is pencil on 12 x 16 140lb Arches Watercolor Paper.
Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of musical genres, including jazz, pop, rock'n'roll, folk, swing and country.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Here's an update on my portrait of Bella. I'm continuing on by drawing tiny tiny lines close together for the fur/hair. For the lighter hair, I'm using 4H, 2H, and H leads and for the darker hair in shadow, I'm using HB, B, and 2B leads. I'm drawing each individual hair focusing on the light and darks. I also have one ear done. I'm going to be working on Bella all weekend long so hopefully I can at least get her face finished by Sunday evening. I'll post an update soon!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Here's an update on my portrait of "Bella". I got both eyes done. I used. 2B lead and a circulism technique for the eyes. For the hair, so far I'm using 4H, 2H, and H for the light hair and 2B for the darker hair. In drawing each individual hair using tiny strokes. No blending tools. More to come soon!
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
I'm starting a new dog portrait. Here is "Bella", she's going to be 11 x 14 on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. I created my line drawing using a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead. I have mapped out where I want light and shadow. More to come soon!