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Pastel Landscape of Stormy Cloud Skies

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Pastel Paintings | 0 comments

I have worked on this storm landscape painting for some time and finally finished it today. The painting was done with soft pastels, mainly Unison and Rembrandt, on Ampersand board. Ampersand is a hard board with grainy surface and a great surface to work on. The painting is 16 x 20 inches.

stormy clouds painting

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Aerial Perspective in Landscape Painting

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 in Art Tutorials | 0 comments

Aerial perspective is needed in landscape paintings to show a sense of depth and realism. One way to assure correct perspective is to determine a vanishing point on the horizon and to accurately draw the objects in relation to the vanishing point. You can read more about it, here: Landscape Perspective

Aerial perspective is also achieved by using warm and cool colors. Take a look at the painting below: The basic shapes and color temperature creates an illusion showing depth. Cooler colors recede and warmer colors advance towards the viewer.

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Drawing with Graphite Powder

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Pencil Drawing Technique | 0 comments

Today I’m going to show you another cool pencil drawing technique that I use in some of my pencil portraits.

Occasionally the artist needs to cover a larger area with graphite. It could be very time consuming to use a pencil to do this. One way to quickly cover large areas is to use a soft paintbrush with graphite powder. Apply the graphite with the brush.

You will have to practice this technique since the graphite powder tends to go on darker than you intended. It is easy to go dark but rather tricky to have very smooth and light values.

Here is what I do to create a soft lighter value: Dip only the tip of the brush in a little graphite powder. Now dab most of the graphite off on a piece of paper. Rub with your brush on the paper until you see the desired value. Now your brush is ready to fill in the lighter areas.

Carefully apply pressure with the brush. I apply the graphite powder in a circular motion. The above drawing is in its early stages. The softer values on the skin was achieve by using graphite powder. You can see the finished result if you move your mouse over the image.

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Pencil Drawing of Brad Pitt

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Pencil Drawing Technique | 0 comments

Some time ago I finished this drawing of actor Brad Pitt. I especially loved the light setup in the original photo that resulted in dark and deep shadows. This is the ideal image to draw since there are many levels of value allowing the artist to create a realistic pencil portrait.

The entire drawing was done using a 0.7mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead. Mechanical pencils allow for great details. The drawing was done on 2-ply Bristol Paper. Bristol is a tough paper that allows for many layers of graphite enabling the artist to create nice dark tones.

See my free drawing tutorials that will teach you how to draw in pencil.

Brad Pitt drawing

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