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 particular facial study started off as a hair exercise, I guess it’s back to the proverbial drawing board. I’ve been more successful with allowing my drawings to hint at hair in subtle ways instead of trying to draw each strand. I do have ProCreate brushes that help a great deal in indicating the hair structure but I find myself pulling it all back considerably until I feel more comfortable with it, until I feel like I’ve mastered it. I’ll slowly work my way into it so bear with me.
This drawing is from one of my personal photo references. I’m going to start using more images from my personal catalog instead of the amazing image references I find on the internet. I originally got into photography so I could create a reference library for my illustration when I was still doing pen and ink and airbrush illustrations so long ago. I have tons of images I could reference and I’m going to start using that resource.
This work is a break-away effort in my work to try to incorporate more of a story than just a facial study. The background was actually a photograph I taken of a building in So. Baton Rouge near the Garden District and the man is an unlicensed reference image from Unsplash
I started out drawing this on my iPad Pro then went to traditional charcoal on Strathmore 500 Mixed Media heavy paper. I was ok with the outcome but then I returned to the digital version and completed the digital version early this morning. Both versions took about the same time but the traditional version is a lot smaller than the digital.
This is a drawing using a new set of brushed I purchased for Procreate. It is called Graphite Pro and it has a set of pencils that range from 9H to 9B. It also features a paper texture that looks like a cold press surface in A4. It is an excellent combination to work on. There is also a very nice smudge preset that works very nicely with the combination. The model is a photo that was in Pinterest. There is not a lot of hard contrast and I find that with most ”model” images. They are not photographed with the artist in mind. This drawing is only an exercise to test the new brushes. I also purchased a new Watercolor Pro set by the same brush designer as well as a new Gouache Pro set by a different designer. I was sitting at home looking at my studio set up and thinking about buying a new Faber Castell Monochrome set and I started wondering if someone had built a set of graphite brushes that was set up in the XH’s through XB’s like Autodesk Sketch does. I thought about creating a brush set to match it but low and behold there was a beautifully designed set waiting on me.
Another iPad Charcoal