Portrait of Tammy – Pencil Drawing

Posted by David Te on December 29th, 2009

Portrait of Tammy Hext - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Tammy
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 20 x 25 cm (8″ x 10″)

Faith and I have been neglecting this blog for sometime now. To start things rolling again, here’s a pencil portrait I did for Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes from Different Folks Year End Portrait Swap. The terms of the portrait swap was simple: participating artists sent pictures of themselves and, in turn, Ms. Jurick gave each artist a photo of another artist to draw or paint.

I was paired up with artist Tammy Hext. This lovely lady painted my portrait and I think she captured my character and personality perfectly.

Here’s a little behind the scenes look at the drawing I did of her. Before, I would usually take my time rendering a part of the face or skin with a pencil. This time, I used a flat brush dipped in a little graphite powder to lay down the first or basic layers of skin tone. Then, with the 2H Staedtler wood cased pencil, I laid down the second layer by making a chain of continuous diagonal strokes instead of the usual circular strokes. I blended it all together with a small piece of toilet paper. I hope you like it.


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13 Responses to “Portrait of Tammy – Pencil Drawing”

  1. delilah Says:

    Wonderful work

  2. adebanji Says:

    Great shot at this! Love the attention to detail and liveliness of the piece! Good technique too!

  3. David Te Says:

    Adebanji – Thanks for your comment and kind words! I like your submission for the DSFDF challenge too! Great work!

    Delilah – Thank you!

  4. marilyn king Says:

    Stunning work! It transcends anything a camera can do bringing life to this image. Her soul shines through, what more can you ask for!!!!

  5. Susan M. Moore Says:

    This is just stunning. Your graphite work is amazing–you need to do more portraits!

  6. Tammy Hext Says:

    Wow David, I am blown away. It is an awesome portrait. Thank you for your kind comments on my attempt to capture you.

  7. David Te Says:

    Marilyn – Thanks for stopping by our blog and for your wonderful comment.

    Susan – Thank you for your encouragement.

    Tammy – I’m so glad you like my rendition of you.

    Again, thank you all so much for your kind words and encouragement, they really help a lot.

  8. dominique eichi Says:

    wonderful rendition of the portrait x-change. I love the detail information in your process. Thank you. Happy New Year

  9. David Te Says:

    Dominique, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you like it.
    I wish you all a wonderful New Year and God bless.

  10. Dean Says:

    Absolutely wonderful work, David!!

  11. David Te Says:

    Thanks, Dean!

  12. Ann Rogers Says:

    What an incredible drawing for your DSFDF entry. Interesting to read about your application, thanks for sharing. Yours and Faith’s entries are definitely two of the best!

  13. David Te Says:

    Thank you, Ann for your kind words. I’m glad you like it.

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