Posts Tagged ‘Drawing’

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Recent Pencil Portraits

December 3, 2017

Here are a few new portraits I’ve sketched. They’re taken from some low resolution video that I shot at a cafe and library in town. I had also given myself a task to draw them without doing any proportional measuring. Just go by sight alone. Some weren’t too successful, but these turned out okay.

I had spent a little time earlier in the day walking through a local museum, and had noticed how all the portraits there looked so unengaging. They often were so stagnantly posed with a distant stare that looked to be just objects rather than people. It wasn’t a new revelation, but something clear hit me about it at that time, driving me to do some sketching that showed people with a bit more personality revealed. This is why I like to use video. It tends to capture more expressions than I might get with a single photo.

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A Couple New Sketches

November 18, 2017

My friend, Jennifer, has a dance class in Austin, which offers me a good opportunity to sit and draw the performers. I made a few quick gesture drawings, and this sketch of a woman sitting and watching the others.

Afterwards, I shot a photo of Jennifer in the parking lot looking up at a bright sun, and turned that into a sketch when I got home.

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New Sketches: Watching the Ball Game

November 1, 2017

I was at the house of a couple of friends yesterday watching the World Series game. Well, some of us were watching, and I was watching the watchers.


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Two Sketches From the Weekend

October 16, 2017

Here are a couple recent sketches I picked out from over the weekend. One of my friend, Pierre, enjoying a bottle of wine. The other is a quick sketch I made at the library. That one I didn’t have time to finish, but at least the library will still be there to go back to.

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Drawing Final: Lashonda Florescent

September 19, 2017

Here’s the finished drawing; although, I still need to clean up a few small spots. I’ll let it sit for awhile to see if I want to add anything else. I may scrape away a little of the edges near the florescent stripes to make them appear to glow more.

I sprayed this with a couple coats of fixative, and noticed a slight problem afterwards. I was going to make up a fresh batch of my homemade casein fixative, but decided to use a commercial brand (Grumbacher) that I had handy. I noticed when I brought the drawing in under a light that there was a dusting of small white particles on the surface that came from the spray can. Fortunately, I was able to brush them off without disturbing the fixed charcoal underneath. My casein fixative doesn’t do that, so I’ll use that next time.

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Drawing Update 2: Lashonda Florescent

September 17, 2017

Here’s the latest state of the drawing. I’ve decided on a different approach for the background. The blending wasn’t working out to my satisfaction. The surface was too irregular to get it as smooth as it needed to be. So, decided to draw straight lines over it, and I think this will look better anyway.

I’m still drawing lines on the left side. Next I’ll add detail to her hair, and then it should be ready for fixative and clean-up.

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Drawing Update: Lashonda Florescent

September 11, 2017

Here’s the latest state of the new drawing. Everything is still in process, but I think her face is coming long nicely. I’ve decided that the background was too blotchy, so I used a paper stump to smooth it out. I’m going to try for a contrasting effect to make the background more out of focus. We’ll see how that looks as I get further along.

I’m using a couple different charcoal pencils for the thinner lines of her face and chest. I have a Conte and Wolff brand, and the Wolff is slightly darker. An X-Acto razor blade is used to cleanup lines, and lighten and sharpen areas, such as the highlight on her lips. The blade isn’t digging into the plaster surface, but when held lightly it just pushes the charcoal aside, and can then be blown away. You could use a razor on paper too to some degree, but it doesn’t remove as much of the charcoal as it does on plaster. For blowing, I use a drinking straw, and cover areas I don’t want hit with the air with scrap paper. Sometimes just tapping the back of the board will knock off the dust.