PENCIL PORTRAIT

Realistic Pencil Portraits From Your Photos

For me graphite pencil portraits are the purest form of art. It is fascinating what you can achieve with one simple pencil. I have always been drawn to black and white photography, and have started drawing graphite pencil portraits in a very early age.

I use different paper for graphite pencil portraits. Usually white acid free, heavy weight paper with a smooth surface.

You can find more information on sizes here.

 

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The most important part of a drawing is the reference photo. I will need clear large photos so that fine details can easily be seen and then drawn. If I can not see everything it’s kind of like drawing blindly, so small or low quality photos can never be used for highly realistic drawings. Natural light or light to one side is much better then full frontal flash, which tends to flatten out the subject. If you need more help on choosing the right photo, please check out this page.

COLORED PENCIL

While colored pencils were once considered to be primarily for kids, throughout the years they have been steadily gaining respect amongst artists, galleries, and collectors. Colored pencil art is rapidly experiencing a whole new level of appreciation in the world.

Chances are, you probably used colored pencils when you were a kid, so you already have some degree of familiarity with them. But there is a big difference between artist grade colored pencils and the colored pencils usually used by children. Professional artist-quality colored pencils contain a higher degree of wax and pigment than the colored pencils we used as children. These pencils allow for a really rich, deep and luminescent color. Finished drawings can be so smooth and pigmented that they resemble paintings!

Over the past years I have fallen in love with this medium and am mainly working with colored pencils now to create my realistic portraits. I use different paper, not only white paper, but also toned tan (only A4 size available) or other colored papers (in A3 sizes).

You can find more information on sizes here.

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The most important part of a drawing is the reference photo. I will need clear large photos so that fine details can easily be seen and then drawn. If I can not see everything it’s kind of like drawing blindly, so small or low quality photos can never be used for highly realistic drawings. Natural light or light to one side is much better then full frontal flash, which tends to flatten out the subject. If you need more help on choosing the right photo, please check out this page.

PASTEL

I love pastel drawings and paintings because they glow with an intensely luminous color and rich velvety texture.

A pastel consists of pure powdered pigment and binder in a stick. It’s basically the same pigment that is used in all art mediums. In appearance, it’s sort of a cross between a stick of chalk and a crayon.

When handled correctly, pastels are permanent and can last just as long as any other medium. Pastels never crack, yellow or darken over time. When properly framed and securely hung, the particles will stay fixed in place for centuries.

I do not properly “fix” my portraits with a fixative spray because it dulls and darkens the color. In order to ensure their longevity, the pastel portrait must be framed securely under glass.

I have paper in different color (only A3), here is a color chart for your reference. Of course, I can assist you in choosing the right paper that complements your photo.

You can find more information on sizes here.

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The most important part of a drawing is the reference photo. I will need clear large photos so that fine details can easily be seen and then drawn. If I can not see everything it’s kind of like drawing blindly, so small or low quality photos can never be used for highly realistic drawings. Natural light or light to one side is much better then full frontal flash, which tends to flatten out the subject. If you need more help on choosing the right photo, please check out this page.

MARKER

Marker pen portraits are very rare. Not many artists decide to use markers only to draw a portrait. I have found they give interesting results. Contrary to more traditional mediums such as graphite and colored pencils, marker pens are applied very quickly, without paying to much attention to the exact detail.

A Marker portrait is not a 100% exact copy of the reference photo. I am trying to capture the essence of the individual personality.

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The most important part of a drawing is the reference photo. I will need clear large photos so that fine details can easily be seen and then drawn. If I can not see everything it’s kind of like drawing blindly, so small or low quality photos can never be used for highly realistic drawings. Natural light or light to one side is much better then full frontal flash, which tends to flatten out the subject. If you need more help on choosing the right photo, please check out this page.

FANART

Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work. (Wikipedia)

Fanart is a very special category, but I have been asked many times if I can do such artworks. I have been doing fanart for my own pleasure, and as a way to improve and experiment techniques since a very young age.

If you are looking for an artwork of your favorite singer or actor, or even comic character, you have come to the right place. With pencils and markers I can create nearly anything you want. Just drop me a line, and let me know.

You can find more information on sizes here.

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ILLUSTRATION

Doing illustrations is a very creative and free process. Contrary to realistic portrait drawings, I don’t necessary need a great reference photo.

I can work from an image you have in your head. If you can put it into words, I can put it on paper.

I especially enjoy drawing children’s illustrations. All the illustrations on my China related blog are done by myself the traditional way, with pencil and markers on paper. I rarely use the computer to create illustrations, so if you are looking for a computer animated illustration, I might only be able to help in specific cases.

For a quotation you should first contact me, and tell me about your project. It is difficult (nearly impossible) to give a price without knowing the extent of the project.

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