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2 Pencil Drawings .
unless its the background. thanks! David J. It’s as if it was created just for that purpose. who have asked me how do I get the effect and look I achieve with each drawing. Vanderpool 3 . For me personally. for those of us that continued to explore our creative side. No life to it no matter how much you wished you could do better. Vanderpool rawing is one of the first skills children pick up and one of their first experiences in acceptance and recognition.pencil drawings Introduction D Inside the art of David J. Hello. Again. All my drawings are created with fine lines and cross-hatching for shading. as well as the finished product. Without the right tool your drawing would be dull and flat. for his help in making the needed edits before the publisher saw this. if you don’t count the art classes in high school and a few years in college]. Vanderpool and I’m a self-taught pencil artist [well. As an adult. The goal here is not to make a ‘how-to book’ but rather allow you a look into how I draw. and to Robert Meszaros. Instantly the refrigerator door becomes their gallery. I find that it dulls the portrait or figure drawing and destroys any chance of making the drawing jump off the page. Here is a look into how I draw. Vanderpool A look into the art of David J. the desire for acceptance and recognition never leaves us. Without their support this book couldn’t have turned out as well as it has. for her support in this year long project . This book is created with other artists in mind. My name is David J. and to each friend and model who allowed me to draw them usually with little to last minute notice. a place to show off their latest masterpiece as new pieces are added daily. And of course when people would ask me how I did that. I learned early in my childhood I could get the attention and acceptance I needed just by holding a pencil and letting it work its magic on paper. I would simply say “it’s all in the pencil. Special thanks goes to my wife Raelene. I never blend with a tool or smear the graphite.” Which really is pretty much close to being the truth. allowing you to see the drawings in several steps.
Use them all in a single drawing! Just as the yellow light at a street corner isn’t a suggestion to use caution. and an interesting photograph of a friend. This was the case of this portrait of Mike Musick Here is my second portrait of the rock singer and the better of the two drawings you will see here. so I can get up close when drawing the eyes and other personal details that need to be seen up close. a kneaded rubber eraser. a pencil sharpener. What sets me apart from most pencil drawing 4 Pencil Drawings . but it was well worth the second attempt. T As an artist I prefer to draw from photographs. It also allows the model to pose once and I can draw when I feel like it . even over the live models I work with.be it after work in the evening or during a six hour drawing ‘marathon’ on a lazy Saturday. Where the first drawing was pretty much a ‘mug shot’ with little expression. It took longer to get his hands just right.Mike Musick Pencil drawings . NOTE: The average set of drawing pencils come in a series ranging from 2h to 8b. Vanderpool he most challenging portrait drawing are those you aren’t comfortable doing or don’t think you can pull off. Starting off on any project you need the correct tools: quality drawing paper that will stand the test of time.Inside the art of David J. you don’t have an option here either. this drawing shows a cheerful expression you can’t help but enjoy looking at. a set of pencils ranging from 2h to 8b.
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thinking where the next line will go as I draw the last. I can already hear the loud sound of people gasping from such shocking news. it’s been discovered that the great Masters in Europe used mirrors on their paint6 Pencil Drawings . It’s what captures who that person is. a light table was used to lay down a light outline of the person. Yes. each line is carefully placed on the paper. Therefore. Keeping three steps ahead of the last move you made. From there I quickly sketched the remaining detail I needed. The eyes are the most important feature in any portrait. knowing the human anatomy is a must. in a very short time. This is especially true when dealing with eye lashes and facial hair. From the bones to the muscles. Besides. you need to know what’s hidden beneath your drawing as you attempt to draw the skin and fabrics that may cover the body. It’s not important to capture every strand of hair but it is important to take the time to get the hair flowing in its natural direction. a well sculpted chest muscle or the man’s face. For the sake of creating all these drawing for this book project. From short lines to long flowing lines as seen in his hair.artist. The trick to creating any realistic and almost 3 dimensional look to any flat pencil drawing is by following the contour of the face. this is apart of staying several steps ahead of the game. Keep in mind that hair grows from the scalp out. Again. And the entire time... as you will with the entire drawing use ever pencil you have from 2h to 8b.be it a strand of hair. but keep in mind the goal here is to see how I use lines and crosshatching to create a realistic pencil drawing. I know . Each line placed on the paper follows the object I am trying to duplicate . a fabric he might be wearing. and gradually add layers of darker graphite until you get the shade of grays you are looking for. and so should your pencil lines. is my drawings are all lines. This time by seeing something that’s not on the paper just yet and your challenge is to bring it out for others to see. Start off with your lighter pencils.
Very fine lines. Once proving to myself and others I could draw freehand the next issue to deal with was completing a drawing in a timely manner to meet the clients’ needs. keep your lines sharp and clean as you work across the face. Making each line close as possible for a smoother feel on the skin and harder more solid lines when the drawing is to be more masculine or have a harder feel to it. Vanderpool 7 . No matter where you start or what part of the body you are drawing. a grid or even a mirror. There is no need to worry about the eye lashes and eye brows until the skin has been completed. but with a black and white photograph your brain doesn’t have to figure out the shades of grays you need to place down on the paper. with that said. it is important to know the anatomy and where the muscle under the skin are. again. The rest of your drawing is to be all lines. I suggest drawing from a black and white photograph so you can see the grays you are trying to capture. make your lines with a slight curve to them. hair or even an eye. And since there aren’t any flat surfaces on the human figure or face.ings. Once the eyes are establish I work out from the cheeks and up along the forehead. Crosshatching comes into play only when you wish to give the appearance of a shadow or later for fabric. But this should only be done after you have learned to draw freehand! That is a must for any artist. Taking your time. use whatever tool you are comfortable with to start your drawing. I have been told I draw odd.. So. be it a light table. be sure to follow the contour of each muscle. so fine that at the first glance people won’t notice them but think A look into the art of David J. Which is why for the longest time art scholars questioned why there were so many left handed people in the paintings they were studying. Using a 2h or 4h to lay the foundation for the skin. It’s not to say you can’t create a good black and white drawing from a color photograph. I start from the center of the eye and draw out. In fact.
use your 2h pencil to create a shadow that covers part of them. You cant have one without the other. use the natural color of the paper to come through. which may not be the look you want. use a kneaded rubber eraser. Just as drawing with a single lighter pencils makes for a flat illustration with no depth. It’s always best to go light when applying the graphite and add a darker layer over that as you work towards a realistic appearance. To bring out your highlights. each has a shadow and light. start off light and work your way to darker layers as the hair starts to take its form. And one strand at a time. highlights off his noise or even the reflection off his glasses. The eraser will help make a cleaner look to your blending from light to your shadow. As with each tooth. so take your time. Press gently to lift your highlights but with the right planning ahead you will have already reserved the natural color from the paper to do most of your work. Again. Let that be your whites while using your other pencils for your the skin and shadows. Hair grows from under the skin and out. texture and flow that is naturally there. Don’t panic just yet! You don’t have to draw every hair on his head. 8 Pencil Drawings . and so should your lines when drawing facial hair. Starting off with your darker pencils leads to a very dark portrait. And since the whites of the eyes or teeth aren’t really white. As with his teeth. Keeping the lighter highlights in place and working the shadows and darker stands under it. Your kneaded rubber eraser can be used to bring out any highlights you need but again use your 2h or 4h to place the fine lines over those highlights in order to blend the lighter hair color with the highlights.you had blended the graphite or assume they are looking at a photograph. Shadows and lighting come hand and hand. Remember. eye lashes and other body hairs. It’s also great in keeping your drawing clean. but at least keep to the style.
I’ll be the first to admit. Choosing the right pose to draw. This was quick solution to a problem I’d avoid for years to follow. with a sharp but darker pencil start at the skin and pull away from the face. especially when the person is a rock singer and costumes are apart of his expression. This by the way. His jacket is a fine corduroy and there was no way of faking that so once the first layer of shading was added. As with the hair on his head. the second goes beyond the face and allows you to see a more emotional. With your lighter pencils. It will take some time and practice to get hair just right and even though I know of some artists who don’t feel it’s important to draw everything they see in the photographer or live model in front of them.so use several pencils from 2b to 8b through the face. deeper lines were set into place for the shadow between the lines of the corduroy and a medium shaded pencil was placed next to that one to give it a more rounded shade for a more dimensional drawing. A look into the art of David J. even if its just the skin that is shown in the drawing. Vanderpool 9 . As a young artist in high school. Stopping short of the highlighted areas . It wouldn’t be until I made myself look for photos to draw that featured hands did I realize how more interesting that drawing turned out and it soon became a challenge worth taking on in nearly every drawing after that. Okay. Take on one muscle at a time.the paper where you will not be penciling over. facial hair has several shades of color . Here. Sorry. folks. but there was no way I was going to draw his entire shirt. Not to say the first pose was bad. So take your time and enjoy. Since the shirt was finished there was no real need to finish the jacket either. It’s very important to pick the best photo when working on a commissioned drawing. facial hairs grow in a direction which is very noticeable with close trimmed beards or one just starting to grow. now it’s time to panic! Facial hair is drawn one hair at a time. you don’t have to limit yours to something simple . or in this case. However. But be sure it’s a 2h pencil.grays . One that shows a little more than just a ‘mug shot’ is usually more of a challenge but the results reveal a stronger impact on what you are trying to achieve. Again. but in this case they make the drawing. They say clothes makes a man. Mike is wearing a ruffled shirt with long sleeves. In this case the detail in his cuffs and the start of his collar was enough to show what he is wearing. And yes. following the natural course of how his hair is growing. I say it is since we are going for a realistic look here.or in our case here . even when it’s up against the whitest whites used for highlights.Hair are lines so be sure to show the lines in their proper flow on the body.when a loud expression can often work best! This first drawing of Mike is a great example for drawing facial hair. A simple contour line works great for the outline of his hands. follow the curve of each finger as the skin wraps around each digit. funnier. may end up on his next CD cover or used to promote his latest work. one joint or digit that makes up his hands. It’s not important to see the line but just know it’s there. it’s just that the when dealing with a portrait. side of the singer. I’d draw people with hands in their pockets. Drawing hands has always been a challenge for me. Okay . Simple because of the many bones and muscles one must know.
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