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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Engagement Gift Portrait Commission Completed

16x20" Graphite Portrait Commission
Well, you know, maybe it is...I always have to stare at it relentlessly for awhile to be sure.  I slowly darkened the layers.  This paper really takes it's time getting dark but I really like the effect and think it is so worth the effort.

I used to jump in with dark pencils (ie 2b and B) but for this portrait I really tried to use restraint and use 2H, H and eventually HB  leads which allowed me to build up the layers gradually without blending.  Soooo slow...but so worth it :)  Good studio music is a must :)

I must say too, what a great looking couple! I caught myself a few times when I was shifting my cover paper (which protects the drawing areas I am not working on) thinking wow, what a beautiful smile, eyes. nose. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Engagement Gift Portrait Commission Work in Progress

Graphite Portrait Work in Progress
Things are starting to really take shape now :) Most of the lighter forms have been worked out so now I just need to really push the darker areas to further the likeness and sense of form.

It seems this paper takes more effort to build up the dark values so I decided to pushed the darkest areas in the grooms hair to get a good sense of the the full value range.  Now to go back over the shadow shapes and really push them to where they need to be.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Engagement Gift Portrait Commission

Sketch of Couple in Graphite on Stonehenge Paper
This is the initial sketch for a graphite portrait commission I have been working on which has been transferred to a 16x20" sheet of Stonehenge paper.  I had never worked on this paper before but after using it as last week's workshop, I am in LOVE with it.  It is quite similar to Arches which I normally use but really holds up well so the drawing can really be pushed to it's limits without fear of the paper starting to pill up, nice :)

Over the past few months I have been really focusing on taking my time at the beginning stages of my drawings and I think it shows.   I rarely include so much detail in the rough sketch and then have to find my way as the drawing progresses which can be a little stressful if things go astray.  By taking the time at the beginning stages I am finding it to be a much more relaxed process and I really enjoyed even the transferring stage and refining the lines which I used to find a little tedius.
Shadow Shapes and Refining Lines
The layers are being slowly built up and refined and you can see the difference a few layers makes.  The bride has just the lightest layers completed and her features refined from the transfer and the groom has several more layers added, slowly building up the values.

I am really enjoying working on this commission and can't wait to get back to my studio to play...I mean work...more!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Adventures in Acrylic Workshop - May 25 & 26, 2013

There are still spots left for my upcoming workshop Adventures in Acrylics. I have several cool projects planned as well as some practical color theory exercises to help build confidence when working with colors without getting too technical. 

This course is suitable for beginner and intermediate artist.  Notes for the course and templates will be provided.  The workshop will be held at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam (Leigh Square)

May 25 from 11-5pm
May 26 from 12-4pm

If you are interested in this workshop, you can register directly online  or contact me at info@stateofartportraits.com for more information.