Monday, May 31, 2010

Drawing Demo- "Rabbit, Ready"

Hello all!
I have had several people request I create a demo. Since this is my first, I thought I would keep things simple and make sequential photos of the process.

For this piece, I am using a 9x12 inch heavyweight drawing paper made by the Bee Paper Company.

I start off with a sketch using Conte pastel pencil No. 7. After I draw the preliminary sketch, I smudge and smear with a paper towel and then brush on Golden matte medium.

Once the matte medium is dry, I then add highlights with an acrylic titanium white.

I choose a darker pencil, this time a B9 graphite pencil, and darken in shadowed areas.

I smudge,

apply another layer of matte medium and let dry. Note, at this point, I add more highlights with white acrylic paint.

I darken the shadowed areas more this time using a Conte Pierre Noir 2B pencil.
Apply matte medium.

I re-highlight where needed and apply more matte medium.

Lastly, I apply a glaze of Golden burnt umber acrylic over the entire drawing.
The multiple layers of matte medium and drawing media help give the image depth.
The final layer of glaze further adds to the depth and aids in creating atmosphere.

The final image scanned.
"Rabbit, Ready"

Friday, May 21, 2010


I've been teaching classes and workshops for the past few months. The latest was an encaustics workshop and it went very well. It helps to have good students.

New acrylic classes begin in June. Check out or call Rome Street Gallery for details if you are interested.

I've been busy with commission work and working on the children's book I am developing for Aladdin/Simon & Schuster. Coming up with ideas is simple enough but writing the story is quite a challenge for me. I hope to come through for myself and Simon & Schuster.
Only other news I have is I have a solo show coming up in July at the Carrollton Cultural Art Center. The reception will be July 9th 5-7 pm. More info to come for the show.