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.
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
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.