2 years ago
JonPatrickHyde
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Illustrations of Fire & Ice Oberyn Martell
ABOUT THIS ILLUSTRATION
9 x 12 inches
Pencil/graphite - 8B, 7B, 6B, 5B, 3B, B, F
Mechanical Pencils & Faber-Castell - Castell 9000 Professional Illustration Pencils
Vellum Bristol Board

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Thank you! I started training in illustration as a child, I am thankful my parents encouraged it by finding places for me to take lessons. I've been drawing for 40 years or so... It's one of my true loves.
These are really amazing, @JonPatrickHyde. I love the way you photographed them with the materials. Sometimes images of artworks can remove them so far from process that it's hard to recapture the human craftsmanship behind them.
I love the rich shadings & textures that you are able to get. You achieve a photo realistic quality, but you take it beyond that point finding aspects in your subject that a photograph cannot. This piece is one of your best posted examples. I really like it! You are a truly extraordinarily gifted artist. You alluded in your post for young artists (another excellent piece, by the way. I hope that plenty of young artists are able to benefit by it. I think you could do well writing occasional short pieces like that that could benefit young or just budding artists of any age with your know how & experience) to working around surgery rooms. Your regular job is in the medical field?
@GregBarrett42 - Thanks so much for the kind words. Truly. I worked in medicine for around 7 years before taking a leap of faith in 1995 on this new-fangled thinga-ma-bob called "The Web". From there I moved into marketing & advertising and eventually cinematography and commercial photography. Illustration, like music, is a sort of meditation for me. I go through phases where I'm so excited by a creative challenge - in illustration its about capturing a moment and faithfully bringing it to life - a character or person. In music it's mastering a melody I like and then doing something different with it. I've been away from music for about a year - haven't touched any of my guitars except for a few minutes here or there - and now I've heard some classical music I am itching to recreate with several different guitars and bass guitars - a rearrangement of the original - replacing each instrument's voice (winds, brass, strings) with a unique guitar (either through tuning or effects). For me, like what I said in that article to young artists, it is about my never ending love affair with creative expression and the challenges that come from pushing my boundaries. I think so many people feel afraid of such risks - but I find them relaxing, enjoyable, and educational. In the end I love every second of it and so success or failure it doesn't matter for I'm spending time nurturing and feeding the better part of who I am. Thanks again for your comments - I sincerely appreciate them!