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Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 3 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 3 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 3

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 3 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

Just a bit of progress in this stage. A little more was done on the eye and I started working on the ear and eyebrow. This stage also shows the initial pencil strokes for the hair.

In addition, I worked some more on the background (smoothening it out and making the tones even) and darkened what she’s sitting on. I am actually planning it to be a furry sort of fabric like that of a teddy bear’s. I am not really sure what the correct term for that kind of fabric is but I researched and, I think, it’s properly known as “plush”. Anyway, please let me know if it’s wrong ;) .


Coffee and Table Napkin: Stage 1 – Pencil Drawing

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Coffee and Table Napkin - 1 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 1
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 25 × 20 cm (10″ × 8″)

I hope you don’t mind the slow pace with which I update the blog. I have been finishing the Portrait of Ankong these past few weeks. I’ll post it here soon.

The steel coffee pot in “Afternoon Break” gave me an idea for the next work called “Coffee and Table Napkin”. I like the effect of the steel attained on the pot. The dark tones looked kind of metallic.

This is the third and last work that I will be doing for the 5-piece “Coffee” still life drawing series. Faith will be the doing the remaining two.

“Coffee and Table Napkin” has as its subjects, a steel cup with black coffee and a table napkin laid across at its base. I plan to leave most of the background and foreground white so as to make the subjects appear to be popping out of the paper.

I will be using mostly brushes and for hard to reach areas and details, graphite pencils.

From the Art Studio,


Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 2 – Pencil Drawing

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 2 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 2

Here’s stage 2. Initial layers of graphite pencil have been applied to most of the drawing. I have also done quite a bit of her right eye in this stage but it isn’t finished yet. I included a close-up to show a larger view of the face.

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 2 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

In this drawing, I am trying out a new method for the skin tones which is quite different from what I normally use — it will be done using mostly graphite powder.

I used to do the skin tones with an “underpainting” of graphite powder and then layers of more graphite using mechanical pencils. In this portrait, I am trying to use the graphite powder as much as possible and restrict the mechanical pencils to the “finalizing stage” (filling out missed spots and adding sharp edges).

My application of graphite powder is the same as charcoal — brushing on light layers until I get the desired darkness and texture. This new method will, I hope, speed up the time I spend on my graphite pencil portraits while still retaining a detailed finish ;) . Hopefully, it will also give my drawings a softer look.

Please stay tuned for the next stage :) !

From the Art Studio,


Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 1 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 1 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 1
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 36 × 43 cm (14″ × 17″)

Hi everyone,

I haven’t been able to post anything for a long while now. I spent a good part of that time working on portraits which I can’t post right now as I haven’t asked permission from the subjects yet.

Anyhow, here’s a portrait that I am currently working on. This is stage 1 — the outline stage. Some of the reasons why this portrait is especially interesting to do for me are:

  1. It is a baby’s portrait (they’re so adorable to look at ;) )
  2. This is the first time I will be doing a “serious” full-figure drawing
  3. There are new subjects and textures for me to draw like shoes and lettering on her clothes

I am currently about a third finished with this drawing, but since I managed to scan it in between drawing sessions, I will post these earlier stages first.

By the way, this and all future image close-ups will be a bit bigger than what we usually post them. I decided to increase the size because I very much enjoy viewing other artists’ works up close to see and examine all the details that they’ve put in. I guess it’s a good substitute if I can’t view their works in person ;) . Anyway, let me know if you would rather have the smaller close-ups and I’ll change them back to the original sizes.


Afternoon Break: Stages 8 and 9 – Pencil Drawing

Friday, March 7th, 2008

It has been a long time since I last updated “Afternoon Break”. So to make up for lost time, here are two stages of the drawing:

Afternoon Break Stage 8 - Pencil DrawingAfternoon Break Stage 9 - Pencil Drawing

I continued working on the folds of the tablecloth. In the latter stage, one leg of the table is finished.

I am almost done with Afternoon Break, so these will be the final scans before I post the completed drawing.

From the Art Studio,


Afternoon Break: Stage 7 – Pencil Drawing

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I haven’t been able to concentrate on this lately, so just a little update today. Rendered the handles of the cap and pot. Also, I finished the tablecloth and started the folds. Here’s a correction on my previous post — the pot was mostly done using a brush with graphite powder.

Afternoon Break Stage 7 - Pencil Drawing

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Hot Bunch: Stage 1 – Charcoal Drawing of Chili Peppers

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I’ve recently started a small drawing using charcoal pencil. It took me quite a while to decide what subject to draw — I wanted to do something quick and simple.

I remembered the chili peppers that we harvested from our homegrown chili plant several weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to draw those peppers and I do have quite a number of compositions that I would like to do. I might consider doing a series of drawings with them as subjects, but for now, here’s one to start it off:

Hot Bunch Stage 1 - Charcoal Pencil Drawing
Title: Hot Bunch – Stage 1
Medium: Charcoal Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 15.2 × 25.4 cm (6″ × 10″)

The Portrait of Ron is finished, by the way. I will have it up here and on the website soon. Thank you for looking!

From the Art Studio,