|9 x 12 graphite on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.|
Here's an update on my newest portrait, actress Jennifer Beals. This is 9 x 12 graphite on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
I always like to start with the eyes and work from their. I tend to work dark to light while most work light to dark. I pick out highlights in the skin using a kneaded eraser where I dab the eraser where I want the highlight to be. I layer my graphite and blend using soft bathroom tissue paper, small tortillions, blending stump, q-tip cotton swabs, and a 2 in hake brush.
For hair, I tend to draw each strand,following the shape of the hair. I blend then darken the shadow areas and blend again. I "draw" the highlights with a Tombo Mono Zero Eraser pen which I cut the tip at angle so I get a super thin sharp edge, then I just draw the highlighted strands of hair.
More to come soon!
|I am a self-taught artist. I am also a member of the Woburn Guild of Artists. I am inspired not only by other artists but from life itself. I am inspired by people, textures, smells, sounds, all my senses seem to come alive when I draw. My drawings take me on an artistic journey of self discovery. I feel my soul awaken when I draw. GOD has given me a gift and it's a gift I hope to use to bring people closer together. It's a gift I hope to use to capture the beauty that's in this World. I don't want my drawings to simply be pictures drawn on pieces of paper - I want my drawings to be a celebration of life.|