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Thursday, May 9, 2013
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This is about 14 hours of work all together and measures 11x17 inchs I began with the outer contour of the statue first to establish important landmarks I could work from while keeping the deep shadow areas in mind and marking them as needed. After this, I layered white chalk over portions and built up the white where light fell on the statue strongest. Heavy amounts of hatching and layering over the surface of forms was how I tried to illustrate the 3 dimensional value. Coloring back over whites with a light black charcoal pencil is how I attempted to create a marble finish that turns back away from light and into mid tones or shadow areas, but also leaving a trace of the papers color beneath.
While extremely challenging to create a likeness of this famous sculpture by a true master, I enjoy that challenge and hope my interpretation of it measures up in even the slightest of ways...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
11x14 inch Pastel
Well I don't usually do portraits of celebrities but this is my attempt at one of the movie star Brad Pitt. This was from his movie Fight Club which I did quite enjoy watching and so I felt like I wanted to capture a moment. Perhaps with a little more practice at this I'll be able to produce more of a likeness. It's a bit intimidating to try drawing pictures of well known faces but it's something i'd like to be better at so I guess this is a start. I hope you all enjoy out there.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
A friend of mine asked if I would paint this picture for her because this scene in particular has a special place in her heart. Of course I obliged, not only because this is a dear friend of mine whom I've know from the age of 4, but because I grew up in Santa Cruz as well. I find myself thinking about the calming sound of those crashing waves.
Monday, October 22, 2012
16x16 inch Charcoal on blue gray paper
I've drawn many nude studies over the years and have in fact actually drawing one very similar to this pose you may see on my blog as well. I can't stress enough how much I appreciate the help of nude figure drawing models out there, it takes a true talent to create interesting and invigorating poses time and again, let alone hold them for long periods of time. So I just want to express my thanks for the contribution towards the art I love to create because they are half the reason I am where I'm at today.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
18x24 inch orange and blue pastel on dark gray paper
I've been a yoga lover for quite some time now so combining my love for it into a drawing is an amazing feeling. Even better to combine those into a drawing of complimentary colors, (orange and blue being my favorite). You could definitely say Maxwell Parrish's work influenced me on this one in a round about way...I didn't have his work on my mind when starting this drawing but as it came together I suddenly realized I had visions of the glowing works in my head. The further I got along with contrasting colors, the more I had a longing to contrast the lights and darks in order to increase the visual mood.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
11x14 inch charcoal on "sage" colored paper
The first time I saw Claude Rodin's work in person was on a day trip I had taken along with my "analysis of form" class while attending the Academy of Art University back in 2003. As I entered the building an amazing sight captivated me, and that was a bronze cast of "The Thinker". The cast itself must have been 6 feet tall and also propped up on a pedestal. It amazed me, how much more powerful this sculpture could be to see in person. Since then I've been an admirer of Rodin's works and always loved "Vase of the Titans'". I searched through pictures and different angles of the vase trying to decide exactly which one I'd like to draw. I think this angle best depicts what Rodin was trying to convey, strength and activity through heros' in a seated position.
My attempt at stylizing his incredible work through a drawing was to give it a glowing affect. I applied a light layer of white pastel onto a sage colored surface, letting some greenish tints flow through and tried to contrast that with some deep darks.