This is the contour drawing transferred onto Strathmore 500 series 2 ply bristle velum surface.
The next step was to establish all the tonal values with a relatively medium-hard grade graphite, in this case a Staedtler Mars # H.
This is the finished drawing after the darkest tones were refined using a softer/darker grade graphite, a #HB and #2B blended and smoothed with the #H
I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.
This is a drawing of a Swainson’s Hawk in a cottonwood tree, graphite on bristol paper, 9″ x16″.
This portrait of a Great Horned Owl is done on scratch board (9″ x 7″) with colored ink added.
This is a page from my Strathmore Mixed Media, 300 series, 9″x12″ sketch book. I use this mixed media paper when sketching with Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils and a Yasutomo Niji water brush.
This graphite portrait of a Great Horned Owl is done on 8″x10″ Clay Bord. The surface of this panel allows for the application of dark tones which can then be scratched into, leaving very fine details of light against dark. (Notice the fine lines of the edge of the light feathers against the dark area of the owl’s bill.)
This year’s juried show will be exhibited at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Hall and will feature works by GNSI members in both traditional and digital, 2D and 3D media. My work Secretary Bird, graphite on paper, will be on display at this show, April 19 – September 25. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will hold this years conference and annual meeting in Boulder, CO on July 13 -19. I also supplied the guild with this year’s conference logo, depicting a Turkey Buzzard Soaring over the Flat Irons.