Tag Archives: graphite drawing

a secret something (part 1)

17 Apr

I started a little project months ago, for one of my fiance’s best friends, Teddy; he wanted to get something meaningful for his daughter Autumn’s second birthday (not just another pile of toys that would eventually get left behind). After seeing my grizzly portrait that hangs in my family’s cabin, he knew he wanted to commission a large graphite drawing from me. The other two points of inspiration, came directly from his daughter: her nickname “squishy squirrel”, and this stern look that she often gives her dad (reminiscent of a very serious owl). autumnseriousowlfaceWe talked a bit about imagery, but Teddy basically left things up to me… Since we were staying with his family for the OOAK show, I decided to double to size of his commissioned drawing, as a thank you for hosting us. Today I am sharing a couple process photos, and tomorrow I will share the finished piece, along with Autumn’s reaction! autumnsdrawing1 autumnsdrawing3 autumnsdrawing

soul searcher

10 Aug

The drawing I shared with you last week is complete! This gorgeous wolf seems to stare right through me; I titled him soul searcher because of that powerful gaze. It’s always so satisfying to finish a drawn portrait where you can truly feel the animal’s energy… one of the many reasons why my passion in drawing has always been tied with animals. This beauty is now framed and hung at Blackstar Studios & Gallery; they sold two large etchings of mine over the weekend, so we decided to fill the empty wall space with yet another gorgeous creature of mine.

emerging from the white

3 Aug

I’ve been hard at work this week, getting everything prepared for the annual Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts in Invermere this weekend. The past few days I have been focused on finishing a few drawings, and this one is almost there. There is something so satisfying about sitting down with only a pencil and paper, and watching a creature emerge from the white. A bit more work still needs to be done to this portrait, but this gorgeous wolf has already started to steal my heart.