This is my “blog” of sorts, when I create a work that I want to post and I think you might like, I’ll try to give you a little write up on it to get you a little closer to my work, what I'm doing and why. If you open up any of the pages there is a Disqus forum where you can leave your comments, all relevant comments/critiques are welcome.
I started out this portrait using a vellum textured digital substrate and an assortment of digital graphite brushes in Procreate. I then ported the drawing over to a different background, one that I have gotten accustom to using with 3rd party charcoal brushes. This allowed me to emphasize the highlights a bit more even though the reference was on a blown out white background.
This is one in part of a series of noteable people who attended or taught at Central State and or Wilberforce University. An old friend offered an idea after seeing some of my work on FB and I have decided to take him up on it and work on a few pieces depicting these wonderful people who have had such and influence on HBCU’s, specifically the aforementioned. This work follows my traditional palette on a charcoal paper layer in Procreate using the Charcoal Pro 3rd party brushes. I’m still working on it a bit, I may or may not work inside of the jacket and shirt some of the shadow details or leave it ambiguous.In the end after I’ve worked up a few of these I might try a collage or grouping of some of them to see how it feels. They may be of the same poses if it fits the composition.
I worked up this portrait of Ashphord, a model that I referenced from New Masters Academy website. I went back to an old familiar palette and subject matter. I don’t want to be associated from my work as a portraitist although that’s most of what you see here. I see them as merely exercises to keep my hands moving, until I get smacked over the head with a concept I want to work on.
This is the first work I completed on my new iPad Pro using Procreate. There isn’t a lot of difference in performance but the screen brightness is exceptional. The reference photograph was from a Pinterest image so this drawing will not be for sale.
The pencil allowed me to lay down the graphite lightly but if I went in too heavy it would not erase wholly. However, once you lay down the water on the top it can dilute the tone and you can move your lines around. You can also use the brush directly on the lead or use the powder residue you get when you sharpen it with a sanding block. In that sense it’s a watercolor.
This drawing was motivated by my sister and how she was wearing her hair that day. I thought it was different and since I’m fighting with drawing hair or to be more precise trying to find my own way in drawing hair I thought that her style that day would present me with a challenge