Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful
Oh, the misunderstood warthog, often deemed one of nature's ugliest animals. I actually enjoyed this piece, taking my pencil drawing to new territories. I used a wide variety of graphite pencils: 4H, 2H, H, HB, 3B, 4B, 6B, and 8B, along with a blending stump and an empty mechanical pencil. That's a trick I learned recently: while trying to find a suitable stylus to indent the paper to draw white hairs and fur, I came across another artist who said he uses empty pens - I went with what I have, which is mechanical pencils (thanks to my husband).
The indenting technique is not hard. Use the stylus to scratch the paper where the white fur or hairs will go, then use the pencil (or charcoal, or whatever) over it. The pencil will glide over the indentations and give the appearance of white hair/fur over dark hair/fur (or dark shadows).
Many thanks to Barbara Keith and her photographer Mike Dulaney of the Cincinnati Zoo for the reference photo. The original (14"x11") and prints are available.