Sunday, February 7, 2010

Goochland Landscape

I finally took out a piece of UART paper and did something with it. I have a bunch of photos I took in Goochland county a few years ago and I've been wanting to draw them. I tried one last year... colored pencil on Stonehenge paper. It came out ok but it needed help, also I had problems with a workable fixative I tried on it. Here's the one I just finished....

It only took a few hours to draw. It's 8"x6" ish on Uart 600 paper using Prisma Colored Pencils. It's a sanded paper... actually looks like a piece of sandpaper. The great thing about it is you can use lights to go over darks!! Which is a very exciting thing with colored pencils. I can create a more painterly piece without having to use paint. I have much more control over a pencil than I do a paintbrush.

The scan didn't work so I took a picture of this and it still doesn't show the blue sky. It is blue... really. I did use a light orange undercolor on it and that's what is showing through.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Finished! Portrait of My Kids

I think I'm finished with this portrait. I probably could go darker and push the values but I'm really happy with the likeness and the liveliness of it. So what I'm saying basically is I don't want to screw it up.

This scan is closer to real life than the other two. I changed settings until it looked ok. The others look too solarized or something.

This has been a positive process for me. I haven't drawn realistically on this scale in a long time. I love doing whimsical illustrative stuff but I think I'll consider doing more portraits in the future.

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Portrait of My Kids-WIP

Been working on a portrait of my kids. Found a great picture.... not too silly and not too serious. I'm using graphite on Strathmore 400 Dry Media Paper. The image is around 7"x7". It's been awhile since I've attempted this. I did a sketch of my son and a self portrait in the last two weeks for practice. I tried my son's portrait on Stonehenge paper but the paper just isn't for me.

Here's the first session. A WIP stands for Work in Progress if you didn't know.

I'm building up values and detail. Just plugging away basically.

I'm not going to get too detailed in this drawing. I like the looseness of it. Besides I don't know if I could get realistically tight anyway. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Courthouse Drawing

Here's a new commission I just finished. It 's of a courthouse in Bedford County Tennessee. Here's a link to a picture of it.....

Since this was a little bigger and more detailed drawing I bumped up the size from my standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" to around 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I moved a tree and put it around the side for them... no charge!

Thanks for looking!