Sunday, December 31, 2006

Valentine's Day Gift - Graphite Horse Portrait - WIP2

I got so carried away with this drawing that I forgot to do an update sooner! He is so big that I kept thinking just one more thing... ;)

I have worked mostly with 2B graphite for his coat and also with F and HB for the details that I did not want to smudge too much.

I want him to have that velvety feel that horses have that you just can't help but touch them (yes I am a horse freak). The darks are many layers of 2B built up slowly and blended.

The eye has been done mostly with HB up to this point and 2B for the blended areas and pupil. The pupil will be less perfectly round later so it looks a little cartoonish right now! Still lots of work to be done everywhere :)

Valentine's Day Gift - Graphite Horse Portrait

This is a portrait of a horse that I have just started as a Valentine's Day Gift. It has been awhile since I have done a portrait of an animal as have been doing so many people lately...I may have to relearn a few things! I transfered the original sketch to the paper and then darkened all of the lines with an F grade pencil. I then started to block in the dark areas around the eye with a 2B pencil. My scanner is not large enough to capture the body as this one is 11x14.

Monday, December 25, 2006

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Kenny and Amy Completed


I made a few more minor edits this morning and darkened Kenny's hat and shirt. I think I have managed to capture them :) I hope she enjoys it, I think it will make for a very unique portrait for her. It really captures the momement of intimacy that they were enjoying!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Kenny and Amy


Well the portrait is complete for the most part. I need to add a few more layers of graphite and blend for his shirt to get a nice even black. I can't see the shirt in the reference photo very well so will either leave as completely black or may add a few creases to add depth, will see how it looks black first ;)

I may need to add a bit more depth to his ear as well as it seems to stand out a touch. Any addition changes will be minor, will see if anything jumps out at me in the morning with fresh eyes!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Kenny - WIP 3


Well Kenny is pretty much completed. I will finish off the background and then add the final touches to Amy's portrait. Her eye area and hair need to be completed and a few adjustments need to be added to her lips and cheek.

Kenny - WIP 2


Several more layers of graphite have been added and blended and I have defined his features to near completion. Just a few more tweaks required and he will be done. Then it is onto the background and finally to add the finishing touches to Amy's portrait.

Kenny - WIP 1


I am working pretty much the same way as I did with Amy, laying in the features and building up the skin tones using 2B and HB graphite. Many more layers to go!

Kenny Sketch


This is the sketch of Kenny. Again, I altered it in photoshop so it could be seen on the screen as it is actually very lightly drawn.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Amy - WIP 3


I have added several layers of H, B, 2B graphite for Amy's hair, blending and removing highlights between each layer. I will add one more layer and then lift out the highlights but will leave this until the end.

I added layers of 2B for her shirt blending in between and added one layer of 2B for the sheet. I still have more work to do on her shirt to add a bit more depth and texture.

I will leave her face for now as I want to add the rest of her features near the end to keep them crisp and prevent smuding. I will define her lips eyes and smile line and lift out highlights. This will add more depth to her face and soften her expression. The eyelashes will be added in full at the very end to keep them as crisp looking as possible.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Amy - WIP 2

I have added several more layers of graphite, blending and redefining features as I go. I work on the entire face at once so nothing is complete until the end. I need to refine all of her features and the shadows and highlights on her face and neck but she is starting to take shape!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Amy - WIP 1


I have added several layers of graphite to start shaping
Amy's face and have set in the main features. I will
continue to tweak them as I go and build up the depth of
her features.

The dark area looks a little odd right now
but they will fit in later. The paper seems to take time to
absorb the graphite so it has to be added in layers. I
used 6B, 4B and 2B for the darkest area and 2B for the
rest.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Sketch of Amy


I darkened the photo of the sketch in photoshop as the lines are so light they are hard to see. I just did a basic sketch of Amy to serve as guidelines for her main features and darks and lights.

Kenny and Amy Commission



I love this photo, I think it is going to make a really cool portrait!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission Completed

Leaving the portrait sit overnight is always a good idea, fresh eyes make a world of difference!

I have made a few minor adjustments and lifted the final highlights and the portraits are complete!

I think I have managed to capture their personalities and I hope they will both enjoy the portrait as much as I enjoyed creating it for them!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP10

Well I think this is it! I added more depth to both of their cheeks and touched up both of their eyes, lips and noses slightly. Finally I added several more layers to both of their hair, so basically I touched up everything ;)

I will leave it overnight to see if anything else needs tweaking. And I will also decide whether to add her nose ring. I would like to but I can't see it in the reference material that I have very well so I am hesitant as it may just detract from the portrait. Will see in the morning :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP9

After roughly 4 more hours his portrait is nearing completion. Several more layers need to be added for the hair and beard the hairline adjusted slightly. The right cheek needs a bit of adjustment and then the eyebrows darkened last and I think he will be complete. Then to do the finishing touches on her portrait and see how they look together :)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP8


Several layers have been added for the hair and I have removed the first layer of highlights. I will add several more layers, removing less and less hightlights as I go.


The left eye is a little too closed so will have to adjust that as well as the shadows under and above both eyes. The nose needs to be brought in more near the eyes which will fix the angle as it is currently off. I have added and removed several layers of graphite for the smile lines but they still need a bit of tweaking. Then it is on to the mouth and chin. The line between the lips needs to be reinforced as do the shadow areas.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP7

I have added more layers, many more still need to be added and removed. The lips and some more features have been set in but still need to be refined. I have started the hair just to get an idea of the tones and placement of the hairline, still looks a little too high.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP6


Adding more layers of skin tone and defining the features a bit more. Looks a little funny right now as the lights are darks need to be refined alot so the resemblence is pretty far off right now. Many more layers to add :)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - Reference Photo


I thought I should upload the reference photo I am working from as well. It is a pretty low resolution photo but is such a great photo of them both, it really captures their personalities well I think :)

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP5


I have laid down the eyes and started putting down layers of skin tone. Looks a little odd at this stage as I seem to be skipping all over the place for this portrait :) I will continue to keep building up layers throughout, tweaking as I go.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP4


She is near complete! I have a few more minor adjustments to make. The tonal values are a little off in the photo, make photography skills are still very poor :( I need to tweak her lips & eyes a bit more and her hair will be done at the end. I want to wait until Sylvain is near completion and then I will go back and do the finishing touches!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP3


I have addd more layers of graphite everywhere and will continue tweaking as I go. Her nose is still a little too thin and her eyes need more mischief ;) Lots more to go :)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Portrait Commission - WIP2


I have started laying in the skin tones and features. I use several layers of graphite, the same grades mentioned previously, for the skin tones and blend. I find it best to add in layers as the paper seems to 'take' the graphite better this way rather than if you just add a heavy layer all at once.

I have set in the eyes and nose and will continue to define them as I go. I tend to work all over the place rather than on one specific area at a time so no area is ever complete until the end. I see areas that need to be adjusted and adjust as I go. I find this works best as because I add the tonal values as I go, often the areas that need to be adjusted are more obvious after a few more layers have been added and it give the graphite time to settle into the paper.