Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Here are some updates on my newest portrait, "Elizabeth" 11 x 14 pencil on Bristol Smooth paper.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Elizabeth WIP 1

Here is a new portrait I'm working on.  "Elizabeth" 11 x 14 pencil on Bristol Smooth paper.

I'm using Pentel P205 mechanical pencils with a 2B lead.  No blending tools are being used.  I am layering my graphite by making tiny tiny overlapping circles (Ricky circles) and achieving deep darks by layering and using a harder hand pressure.  As the tone goes lighter, I lighten my hand pressure.

For her hair, I am drawing each strand, again overlapping the strands and varying my hand pressure, for darker hair I use more pressure and for lighter/highlighted hair, I use a lighter hand pressure.  For strong highlights in the hair, I use a Mono Zero eraser which I cut the tip at an angle to get a super shard edge which allows me to "draw" the strong highlighted hairs.  

More to come soon!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kit (work in progress)

I've been working on a new portrait which I've been posting on my Facebook page. This is Kit, she is 9 x 12 graphite on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.

For the deep shadow and dark skin tone, I'm using a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead. For the lighter skin tone, I'm using a 4H and H lead. I'm layering my graphite by making tiny overlapping circular motions. Most of the hair is going to be in shadow but the highlights are being created using a Tombow Mono Zero Eraser. More to come soon!