Archive for October, 2009

19
Oct
09

Drawing with Charcoal

Self-Portrait - WHITEI am a fine artist working primarily in black and white.  I make drawings with Hibiscus Icharcoal pencil on Bristol paper of a wide variety of subjects including people, flowers and objects.

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18
Oct
09

Drawing Pencil Portraits

Have you ever wondered whether artists really look like their self-portraits or not?

Do you think Henri Rousseau really looked like this painting?

Henri Rousseau

Or Pablo Picasso

http://www.artquotes.net/masters/picasso/picasso_selfport1907.jpg

Or Kathe Kollwitz

http://www.uam.ucsb.edu/Media/signs_of_his_times/kollwitz_selfportrait.jpg

Often the self-portrait is an excellent likeness of the artist, but on other occasions the artist takes aesthetic license from pure emotion.

As an example of “not an exact likeness,” below is a photograph that I took of myself in the mirror, and the resulting self-portrait drawn in charcoal pencil from that photograph. Some of the pencil portraits that I have created are highly realistic and others are not–though all are representations of the individual and thoroughly enjoyable to create!

Self-Portrait PhotoSelf-Portrait - WHITEIn drawing a pencil portrait, I completely concentrate on the total likeness of the person that I’m drawing. Capturing the spirit of the person is very important to me and to whomever has commissioned me to draw the portrait.

Pencil Portraits of an individual are 11 x 14 inches, suitable for framing, and are $325.

If you are interested in having me create a Pencil Portrait for you of your ancestors or immediate family, please let me know.

Carol

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15
Oct
09

Drawing Hibiscus II… in Progress

Drawing Hibiscus II

… in Progress

Hibiscus II

I am currently working on Hibiscus II.  You will observe that I don’t work on just one area of the drawing at a time.  I work on the entire drawing at once in order that the values (the lights and darks) of the drawing maintain balance.  My drawings tend toward great contrast, i.e., I use rich black marks together with the stark white of the paper and a variety of grey values in between.

Tips for Drawing with Charcoal

Many beginning drawers are afraid to make black marks and as a result, they make drawings that are very light in value, lacking contrast.  One of the characteristics of charcoal that attracts me is its ability to provide a wide variety of values.  It performs well with a light touch as well as a heavier touch, and unlike graphite whose black marks become shiny, charcoal’s rich blacks remain matte.  Try creating a rich, contrasting values charcoal drawing of a subject that you have drawn lightly and compare the two… then write me with your observations and comments.  I’ll be very interested in hearing from you.

Carol

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Hibiscus II (in Progress), Charcoal Pencil

08
Oct
09

Drawing Hibiscus UPDATE!

On September 26th, I wrote:

DRAWING HIBISCUS – I am currently working on a charcoal pencil drawing of hibiscus. Hibiscus are plentiful in Florida and the variety and colors that God created are practically endless.

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Then, on September 29th, I wrote:

CHARCOAL PENCIL HIBISCUS DRAWING IN PROGRESS and included the drawing…

Hibiscus

And  on October 1st, I wrote:

THE FINISHED CHARCOAL PENCIL HIBISCUS DRAWING!! And here is the finished drawing…

Hibiscus I

01
Oct
09

The Finished Charcoal Pencil Hibiscus Drawing…

… just in time for the street art festival this weekend!

Hibiscus I

Hibiscus I




Photograph on left, view out of my studio window.

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