February 18, 2011
I came across this little painting while looking for something else. Isn't that always the way? You can see by the date it was eighteen years ago. Just a little 8x10 and of course I knew nothing about calligraphy or the quote would have been in better handwriting.. no matter, the saying still stands.
February 6, 2011
http://www.JWJonline.net/Showcase or at JWJart if you'd like to see it . I am so pleased to be part of it and all of my thanks to John who presented it in such a manner.. while there check on some of his work , I think you'll be pleasantly surprised .!
February 5, 2011
February 3, 2011
I prefer smooth Bristol for my style which is very detailed, a full range of Derwent and/or Staedlter drawing pencils usually starting with a B or 2B. To achieve the darks going right on up to a 7B.. Tortillon stump for blending or my finger, and of course my trusty kneaded eraser. I can form that eraser to make extremely fine lines.. I prefer it although I have a small electric eraser. Theres a lot of negative drawing. Taking away 'the lights' as well as putting in the dark strokes. The most important aspect of drawing realistic pencil art is lights and darks.. You cannot show light without darks.. Very much like painting.. My strokes can be anything that suits the area, crosshatch, diagonals, anything that works in that particular space. Pencil is a real challenge, you have nothing more than pencil and paper. There is no color to fall back on., not a whole lot of tricks or techniques as in watercolor . When I'm sure its all finished , nothing else can happen to it, I'm then just beginning ..I take it to yet another level and will do that again and again. I'm not sketching here, I'm trying to do a realistic detailed piece . The challenge stays on and on. What does it take? Patience , . and then more patience. It never ends !
So thats what I use, how I go about it and hope that answers some of your questions. Above of course is Gracie, whose grandfather Stephen is an excellent photograhper and I had his permission to do it a few years ago.
February 2, 2011
I start with the drawing, usually I do the eyes first if I'm doing a portrait. If the eyes are right ,, your half way home. and it gives the piece life from the start .
Other subjects are still all about light and dark. Just when I think I'm finished I still work on it .. and have been know to go back to it even after I signed my name..
Pencils, I like Derwent , a full range although I might just use from 5B to 2H.
A hand sharpner is better for me than electric or using a knife .. I want a good point on it. Paper is usually Bristol smooth surface.. It's always a personal preference, but since I like detail and realism I get the most out of a smooth paper..
If you have any questions write me at my email address. BJ
Blending, blending either with a tortillion stump or even my pinky finger.. .