Deconstructed ink

Since I have limited space to store inks, each color is mixed by hand to order following the Pantone mixing guide. As many times as I’ve done this, im continually amazed that hundreds of colors can be created by combining different proportions of just 14 base colors! Here’s my most recent print job (designed by our dear friends at Rock Paper Scissors) and the deconstructed ink and drawdown.

  
  
  

Pet portrait

Here’s a little drawing for a very good friend whose dog passed a couple of weeks ago. I hope his smile brings one to her each time she sees this drawing.

  
I attempted a gridded drawing and looked carefully at shapes, lines, and tones as related to the grid I laid out. This was a challenge for me since I usually look at the subject as a whole and break it down into simple shapes and then move to more detail from there. I loved the way this turned and was very methodical and precise as I laid each mark. 

Here are the drawing specs:

    • 8×10 graphite on 140# arches cold press
    • Pencils: tombow and staedtler (6h, h, b, 4b, 6b)
    • Time: 5hrs

        progression of a drawing

        for me, graphite renderings take a slightly different approach than a lot of my other drawings. yes, i still start in my sketchbook to study the subject a few different ways to start to understand scale, proportion and be aware of any areas that need special attention.

        similar to other drawings, i’ll first break down the drawing into simple shapes like circles, ovals, rectangles, and triangles. if it’s a person or animal, i’ll also pay special attention to things like the spine or proportions of a face. with those light guide lines in place, i usually add more details across the entire drawing. but with a graphite rendering i really have to be careful about smudging with my hand, so i tend to work top to bottom and left to right (i’m right handed). this is really different from what i’m used to because i tend to create drawings with the intention that at any given moment, i can put the pencil down and have a ‘complete’ drawing. one that encompasses a complete thought or study of the subject. and although i think ‘in progress’ graphite renderings are thought provoking, a lot of times these feel so incomplete to me until i’m done with the entire page.

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        The day you were born

        Here’s another snapshot of a portrait of my son. This is from one of my favorite photos from the day he was born. He was so peaceful resting in his hospital bassinet with the morning sun meeting his tiny face. Who would have guessed that that moment would be the foundation of so many more wonderful memories to build upon. You are so loved my beautiful son!