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 was to see how quickly I could 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.
Coloring and shading is a good way to pay tribute to your pencil drawings. It gives it life, a sense of brilliance to an already beautiful image. One way to color is with pencils, it just depends on the artist and the media they are working on. I use colored pencil in a lot of my cartoon images, but it looks good on life drawings as well.
Pen & Ink