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Portrait of Tammy – Pencil Drawing

Tuesday, 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.


From Me to You – Christmas Graphite Pencil Drawing

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

From Me to You - Christmas Pencil Drawing

From Me to You
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 18 × 13 cm (7″ × 5″)

For the past two years, Faith had created the Christmas artworks for our site. But this year, I decided to produce one. The drawing is called “From Me to You” and it was drawn using graphite pencils. It features an angel figurine with a harp, ball ornaments, a gift, a greeting card and a bell, all of which are only some of the traditional things associated with the Christmas season.

I got the theme for the drawing from a thought I have about a “traditional Christmas” in which everybody is being merry and having a wonderful time.

I managed to save a few progress scans of the drawing and I have included them below.

From Me to You - 1 - Christmas Pencil Drawing
From Me to You - 2 - Christmas Pencil Drawing
From Me to You - 3 - Christmas Pencil Drawing

From Faith and I, we wish you a joyful Christmas and may all your wishes come true for the coming year!


Slideshow of pencil drawing stages on YouTube

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Coffee Anyone - Pencil Drawing

Coffee, Anyone?
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 25 × 20 cm (10″ × 8″)

I just uploaded a video in slideshow format of the above drawing on YouTube earlier this week. Here is the link: Coffee Anyone Slideshow.

Faith took the step-by-step stages from the “Coffee, Anyone?” progress page on the Drawing Board and turned it into a moving series of pictures. It’s the first “movie” we have ever done, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement. We will try to make more slideshows of our drawings in the future and post them on YouTube as well.

The drawing “Coffee, Anyone?”, by the way, is the first piece in the “Coffee” series. The other two are called “Afternoon Break” and “Coffee and Table Napkin”. If you are interested in purchasing the original drawing, please let me know by sending me an e-mail: .

Have a great weekend!


Coffee and Table Napkin: Stage 5 and 6 – Pencil Drawing

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Here are the last two stages of Coffee and Table Napkin before the final.

Coffee and Table Napkin - 5 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 5

To make the coffee more realistic and also to give the impression that it is hot, I added some steam. For this purpose, I made coffee in the steel cup (which has been serving as a model for this drawing) to observe the rising steam and blackness of the coffee. The steam was done by lightly dragging a kneaded eraser across the coffee and the inside of the cup.

Also started working on the handle using mostly mechanical pencil and continued on the table napkin.

Coffee and Table Napkin - 6 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 6

Here, I applied graphite powder for the shadow of the cup. With a kneaded eraser and a 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil, the seam of the table napkin is drawn.


Coffee and Table Napkin: Stage 4 – Pencil Drawing

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Coffee and Table Napkin - 4 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 4

Darkened the inside of the cup especially the left side careful not to make the highlights as dark as the rest. I also began putting in the black coffee. The left side was adjusted because it was a bit uneven with the right. At this point, I also started laying graphite powder on the table napkin and its reflection on the cup.


Coffee and Table Napkin: Stage 3 – Pencil Drawing

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Coffee and Table Napkin - 3 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 3

In this stage, the cup was further darkened, especially the right side, the reflections and shadow. I also started rendering the inside and the rim.


Coffee and Table Napkin: Stage 2 – Pencil Drawing

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Coffee and Table Napkin - 2 - Pencil Drawing

Coffee and Table Napkin – Stage 2

Here, I covered the subjects with layers of graphite powder. The marks which are highlights and the reflection of the table napkin on the steel cup received only one or two layers of graphite powder.

With a smaller brush, the cup was darkened carefully preserving the highlights and reflections. They will be rendered when I am satisfied with the cup’s overall darkness.