Monday, May 23, 2016

"Amy" WIP 4

Here's another small update to my portrait of "Amy".  Hopefully my Team Beachbody friends will start to recognize her.  I'm still making adjustments as I go along.  Working on her hair and trying to bring out the realism.  More to come soon!!!

"Amy" WIP 3

Here's an update on my portrait of Amy.  I still need to make adjustments but I'm moving along.  More to come soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Amy" (Work in Progress)

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!

"Amy" (Work in Progress)

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

Bobby Darin (complete)

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

Bobby Darin WIP

Here a work in progress image of my commissioned portrait of Bobby Darin.  This is pencil on 12 x 16 140lb Arches Watercolor paper.  More to come soon!