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!