Here is a small video of me adding a bit more tone to the pillow. I’m using a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead which I have sanded with sandpaper to make a needle point, this allows me to keep control and slow down. It also taught me how to control my hand pressure...I achieve my deep darks by adding many layers of graphite as I completely exhaust the tone before moving to the next pencil.
More to come soon!!!
My slow and stead process of layering my graphite using tiny overlapping circular motions. Here I'm layering down my initial layer of graphite adding tone and texture to the fabric. Each layer is a lesson in patience for me.
"Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride, bridles the tongue, restrains the hand, and tramples upon temptations" - George Horn
I've been asked to show what my drawing area looks like. Well, here is my main drawing table and a few of my collectibles I like to keep around me. I'm just a big kid at heart. This is actually only a small part of my drawing studio which I have a room dedicated to me for my drawing. I actually have two drawing studios, this smaller one and a much larger area in the basement of my home, which I'll share in another post. But this is it....my main drawing table. This is where I just get lost when I draw. I get so focused I could spend hours upon hours on a drawing without evening knowing how long I've been working. My drawing table is where I feel safe, where I feel most comfortable, and where I am the most spiritual. This is where magic happens.....
I've recently been asked where I find my motivation for my portraits.
Well, the simply answer is that I am motivated by everything around me, light, sound, smell, hearing, all of my senses come alive when I draw. I observe and then I translate my observations - instead of just drawing what I see. I do use photographs as references and I try to use my own photographs if I can (btw i only use an iphone camera because I believe the best camera is the one you carry). I take about 20 - 100 photographs. I also like to interview the subject of my portrait if I can. I take notes and make tiny quick thumbnail sketches. When I'm finished collecting data, I go back to my studio, lay everything out on the floor and picture how I want the portrait to look like. Once i have a clear picture, I then begin to draw the portrait. I focus on light and shadow as well as emotion. A good rendering is drawing what others see but a masterpiece is drawing what others don't. So when I'm asked what motivates me? I simply say life its self.