I'm 22 and just beginning graduate school. I don't have any formal training in art beyond a few classes I took in high school. It's always been a hobby of mine, and over the past year, I guess you could say that I've had some free time while figuring out this thing called "growing up." I took a drawing class once a week at a local high school as motivation to draw more frequently. I drew a rose on a piano, but I wasn't exactly thrilled with it. It was too "easy" - it was geometric and I was bored with it. Noticing this, the instructor suggested that I try to draw a face, proposing the idea that I would be more satisfied with the result of a more complicated task. Well, he was right; I ended up loving drawing portraits! I put in a considerable amount of time, energy, and effort into my drawings and overall, I happy with the outcome. I know that I always have room to improve and that my drawings aren't perfect, but it's important to remember that they aren't photographs, they're my artistic interpretations.
My favorite medium is pencil; I feel that I have the most control with it. If you couldn't tell, I exhibit a slight tendency to be a perfectionist when it comes to what I draw. I also like working with charcoal, but I haven't used it much recently. I'm a sucker for arts and crafts - I'll fish for craft ideas online and tackle them when I'm bored. I've done some work with paint, but for the time being, I'm sticking with pencil...and that's that!
Some technical things:
- I use Bristol vellum paper 19" x 24"
- My drawings tend to be around 14" x 19"
- I mainly use HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils, a kneaded eraser, and a lot of tree stumps
- I use a photograph as a reference/the grid method
- The drawings I have on this site are photographs of the original drawings. If someone can tell me where I can find a high-quality large scanner, I'd be forever grateful.
If you are interested in a commissioned portrait, please visit the Commissions page.
If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/anything really, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't be shy! I'm new to the bloggosphere and would love to talk to you!