Portrait Art

I have always enjoyed painting and rendering in a variety of medium. Pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink - I love them all! The latest medium I am exploring is digital art - using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom drawing tablet on my iMac. I really love it! The two drawings above were done with Photoshop. I do admit - I did do a quick, very rough pencil sketch of the faces first. I then scanned it into Photoshop, and then "painted over" it in Photoshop. All of the color and crosshatching on these drawings is done in Photoshop. The original pencil sketch is totally obscured.

 Pencil Drawing of Woman   "V" pencil drawing
Two pencil portraits I did several years ago.
Sold to private collectors of TV memorabilia art.

I use a strong "crosshatch" technique, even when using pencil. I favor a soft graphite pencil (B or 2B is the best softness) because I want to get the dark tones really dark! You have a more difficult time doing that with anything harder than an HB pencil.

Adderly watercolor   Don Johnson watercolor
Two watercolor portraits - "Adderly" and "Sonny".
Sold to private collectors of TV memorabilia art.

The portrait on the left, "Adderly" I used pencil to do the basic drawing. I then put a watercolor wash over the pencil. The portrait on the right, "Sonny" was rendered using a more traditional watercolor technique.

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This page last updated: September 18, 2005

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