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Mostly commissioned for individual clients as gifts.
I studied the "hyper-illustration" style of Japanese photo-realist master Hajime Sorayama. His process for photo-realism involves many unconventional techniques. Think of the entire process in the same manner you'd build up a canvas if you are painting. You add layer upon layer - using different densities of graphite as you go. And between each new layer you blend, erase, blend, and erase again. I've taken to using chamois and microfiber cloth to blend as much as I use actual cones. I have fine-tip erasers that can be sharpened like a pencil. Mechanical erasers (powered by a motor) like engineering/architecture draftsmen use. And the most important thing is choosing a really dense, thick, surface to work on. Vellum card-stock or bristol board is perfect. Smooth and tight but not coated with anything that would make getting the graphite to sick difficult. Yet the fibers are tight enough that you're not tearing them if you erase a lot. Lastly, in some of these I use white graphite to add highlights back in. This can give just the right amount of pop to eye light or skin reflection if applied lightly and blended.
Somehow I think your hair might look more extreme in graphite than in real life! haha. These are fantastic, thanks for sharing them!
@JonPatrickHyde I think the best kind of teacher is one who isn't caught up on the idea of teaching, so I think you're perfect for it! If you want it, that is :) I have to agree about people not seeing their art as "art." I don't think that's a bad thing, either. Don't we create art every day in the way we use our bodies to tell the world how we're feeling? Or, in the way we scribble a line we know will make a friend smile into our phones, just a little comedic phrase, to make them laugh? Art is communication. I've seen plenty of traditional, classic art that I cannot find a meaning from or communicate with, so it's value is less to me than someone else, but when you find anything that hits on a level of thought-provoking communication. Now that is something! We are all creating and sharing, and I think we need to take more joy in it!
@onesmile - thank you again for such a nice comment. Art is about expression in my opinion. You don't need to have any training or even "skill" from a traditional standpoint - to create and share your view of the world with others. There's a difference between being creative and being artistic in my mind - I know many creative people who would laugh at the idea they were doing art. I know furniture makers and cabinet builders, guitar builders and engineers (like my dad) who design and build things to be functional - and never stop to think about the "art" involved. I think inspiration and a desire to share what you are feeling or thinking is important in creating art. Art is a communication tool in my opinion. As much as it can be beautiful - it can be thought provoking and inspiring. It can educate - a lot of what we know about life during many times in human history is taken from the art that has survived from those times. As far as giving lessons... I've never really thought about being a teacher. But I'm completely open to sharing my thoughts on anything you want to ask me.
@JonPatrickHyde I want to take an informal art class from you--your comments teach me so much!! I love the way you explain the technique. Even if I'm not very commonly artistic, it's interesting to hear exactly how this kind of work is accomplished. Bravo!!
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