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.
This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to draw this young model. I don’t recall her name or I’d offer it. The reference image is from a set of model test images I created when I had my photo studio in Las Vegas back in the early 1990’s. This time I think I rendered a pretty good resemblance of the reference. I used Procreate with my favorite charcoal pack and substrate.
Saffronia - From Four Women name recommended by Aaron Coleman. I started this sketch out a few weeks ago and came back to it. I will likely work up this digital versions into a pastel on board in the coming weeks. I created this in Procreate using my familiar charcoals and 3rd party paper textures. this time with some color added.The inspiration comes from some old wooden sculptures we had around the house when I was young. I’m not sure if they still exist at my brothers house now but I remember them from way back and that rough cut finish but I wanted to soften the feel a bit. I will be posting a video of this digital version of the artwork. And likely selling the pastel on completion. Sizes will be named later for the physical piece in pastel, probably 10”x20”
This is an example of where my head goes when I’m not doing a study. I like drawing these kind of things but I’m afraid that I the work would be categorized as a cartoon, so I work with a lot of studies to try to bring it back into a more serious realm, whatever that is, and for whatever it’s worth.
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 notable 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.