Drawing from life or a photograph has always been a wonderful way to challenge my abilities because I strive for absolute reality and great detail. Precision doesn’t always come naturally and it takes many years of practice to perfect this talent. As an artist, I will always be working towards perfecting my drawing skills in an effort to imitate life, so that others can see through my eyes. There are many techniques that can be utilized in life drawing, such as colored pencil, watercolor, pencil or ink. A world of possibilities can be illustrated, from the smallest insect to the endless landscape using these different art styles.
This beauty would look brilliant in color, but there has always been a part of me that loves the contrast of pencil on paper. The challenge for me is to see how quickly I can draw this image while sitting at my computer. The trick is once you determine the placement of the image on your page, to keep the proportions correct throughout your drawing, then adding contrast to depict depth.
Adding color is a good way to pay tribute to your pencil drawings. It breathes life into it and gives it a sense of brilliance to an already beautiful image. Here I used colored pencil, which I also utilize in a lot of my cartoon images. It is easier to portray feeling when color is applied to a drawing because they eye can visualize the cool and warm representations in the drawing.
Acrylic & Marker
I feel my most inspired to free hand draw when it’s for a special occasion, like this Christmas card for example. The bold red background of this envelope meant I could play around with lighter colors, such as white, golden yellow, pinks and greens. It set the stage for my imagination, visualizing a world with fun characters and sparkling light.