Sunday, September 4, 2011

Making the Color Journey...Slooowwly

Alright, so the top is just experimenting with colored pencil over the top of that marker technique showed earlier.

The bottom are some isolated studies of J.C. Leyendecker done in colored pencil. I like colored pencil because they are neat, cheap, less toxic, and more portable. They are a bit more tedious to use than paints because once you mess up, there is no going over the top or erasing.

For the hand I used: White, Cloud Blue, Blush, Lilac, Slate Grey, Terra Cotta, and Jasmine Yellow.

For the boy's face I used all the colors listed above, plus: Dark Umber and Grass Green?

I cannot remember the exact colors for the woman's face, but I think it was the same...probably not quite as many, and in much different ratios due to the difference of ethnicity.

Each study took from 1.5-3 hours. The goal is less about proportion and more about color forgive me if the woman looks a bit like Sloth from "Goonies."

I am going to try to make one of these a personal life is a complete mess as usual (stupid fucking health) we will see what happens.


Saturday, September 3, 2011


Alright, so here is a portrait I did of my mom from her wedding day. I have done some other drawings from these photos, as I find them very interesting.

The bottom sample of four was made because I do not have the proper lighting and photo equipment, and I was catching some glare from the graphite. The actual value of the drawing is somewhere in between these samples.

A pretty simple pose, it took me about 18 hours from start to finish. I used a conte stick, smeared it, and then used it again...smeared it again, and then used a mars lumagraph 8B to finish.

There will be more to come soon, once I have a larger scanner.


Friday, September 2, 2011


Here are some random things...the last image is a bit too dark, and lost some detail. The middle is from reference, and the top is one of about a zillion little practice pages where I just experiment.

More to come really soon.