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Meet Hurley! A graphite pencil portrait of a German Shepherd mix

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Coda – halfway finished…using Darrell Tank Five Pencil Method (fivepencilmethod.com)

I’ve been taking a course by Darrell Tank on the Five Pencil Method using 5 different hardnesses of graphite pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B and 4B), a camel hair brush, a “pencil like” eraser called a TomBow eraser and a kneaded eraser. Using just these few tools you can do amazing things! He suggests a rather inexpensive paper – Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum available in tablets or sheets. (I used Strathmore 500 on this) I was working through the course and posted this drawing I was doing of “Coda.” I was halfway through the 8 week course and was contacted by one of Carol’s childhood friends about me doing a portrait of Hurley, her daughter’s dog, for her birthday about a month away. I said I’d be happy to try! Here are the reference photos and the final drawing. All reference photos were captured from iPhone screen captures and texts.

This is the final drawing – 8″x10″ graphite pencil on Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum paper.

Hurley – 8″x10″ Drawing – Faber-Castell Grafwood Graphite Pencils on Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum paper

Reference photos:

Screeenshot of Hurley in his relaxed mood!
A screenshot of Hurley
Original photo screenshot of Hurley

 

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An Abstract Colored Pencil Collage (9″x12″ on Uart 800 Sanded Paper)

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I did this drawing for the upcoming Abstract Art challenge by Vera Curnow, founder of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She challenged all members to do something abstract “Like telling a story without any nouns!” I like that! I have done a number of traditional collages using acrylic medium, found materials, paper scraps, paper clips and whatever Minnie and I find on our walks! (some of which are posted here:  http://www.georgehoffman.com/category/art/collage/)

But I haven’t translated those to colored pencil. So I took on the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed creating this 100% abstract “Faux Collage” with colored pencils. It allowed me to let loose with some creative techniques that I can actually use in my “normal” colored pencil drawings. Here is the final drawing which was done on Uart 800 Sanded Paper with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor Premier and Verithin pencils. I also used the Powder Blender system extensively  and expanded its use by treating it somewhat like an acrylic medium – splattering it, daubing up colors and creating textures.

Here is the time-lapse YouTube video of the process:

100% Colored Pencil Collage – 9″x12″ on Uart 800 Sanded Paper mounted on 1/2″ birch plywood with Grafix Dual Tack film. Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.
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Lutheran West High School Marching Band – A colored pencil drawing with Powder Blender

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10.5″ x 16.25″ Colored Pencil drawing of the Lutheran West High School Marching Band performing at Disney World May, 2013. Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor colored pencils on Uart 800 sanded paper with Powder Blender.

A Five Minute YouTube Time-Lapse video of the Drawing:

I had much fun doing this drawing from a photograph I took of a marching band at Disney World in 2013. I always wanted to do a drawing of this. As I was working on it, I noticed the LW logo on the band jacket and a Longhorn logo on the sleeve. I asked Carol to Google “LW” and “Longhorn” and see what she could find. It turns out it is the Lutheran West High School Marching band who was invited in May, 2013 to march in the Magic Kingdom parade. I contacted the school and talked to and texted them and they confirmed this was their band! They were very excited to know I had some pictures and was doing this drawing. I entered it into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America 2017 International Show (cpsa.org) and will find out in May if it will be accepted.

Many thanks to Alyona Nickelesen at brushandpencil.com for her Powder Blender system and helping me understand how to use the system with colored pencils. She gave me a draft to review of her upcoming book on Colored Pencil Portraits (pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Pencil-Painting-Portraits-Revolutionary/dp/0385346271/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8). I finished reading it about 1/4 of the way through this drawing and completely changed my approach to the faces. I highly recommend the book and will be submitting a review to Amazon. I did a full video (speed drawing) of the process of doing this drawing and posted it on my YouTube Channel. It is a 5 minute time-lapse video of the drawing – a drawing that took many hours to complete!

 

 

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Stone Mountain Banjo Man – Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper with Powder Blender (10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″)

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UPDATE: This drawing was juried into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 13 Online Exhibition. This was quite an honor as only 61 pieces were selected from submissions by the international community of colored pencil artists!  Visit the CPSA online gallery at: http://cpsa.org/explorethis-13exhibition

I did this colored pencil drawing of a banjo player in a bluegrass band that was playing at Stone Mountain when we took the family to visit the park a couple years ago. The siding was a bit boring on the porch where the band was playing so I found a photo I took last weekend on our trip to the north Georgia mountains of some really dilapidated siding. Unfortunately it was on a building I help design 40 years ago for a company I used to work for! Does that make me feel old or what!!!

I also did a YouTube tutorial of the layout of the Banjo Man and a second YouTube video of the process of doing the drawing.

A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by BrushandPencil.com.
A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by BrushandPencil.com.
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Historic Norcross Homes – A Magazine Illustration for Inside Gwinnett Magazine 1986

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In the mid-80’s I illustrated for several magazines published by Inside Publishing – Inside Gwinnett, Inside Cobb, Inside Northside and Inside Buckhead. I’ve found a bunch of the magazines and wanted to post a few of the paintings and drawings. It was a wild time working a full time job and doing this on the side. Magazine deadlines didn’t always line up with my work schedule! This was for the March 1986 issue in which an article was written on several Historic Homes of Norcross. Done in watercolor from a photo I took. I also did pencil drawings of 5 other homes for the article which I will try to dig up an post. (Can’t believe this was 30 years ago!!!)

The cover of Inside Gwinnett Magazine Fall 1986 – Historic Homes of Norcross – illustration by George Hoffman (georgehoffman.com)

 

This is the pencil drawing that was published with the magazine article. I created notecards and envelopes with this image on the front.

A pencil drawing done for the Inside Gwinnett Magazine article on Historic Norcross Homes (georgehoffman.com)
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A Speed Drawing of Abigail using Powder Blender and Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils

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I had a lot of fun collaborating with my granddaughter Abigail to do this portrait for her mom for her birthday. Abigail took a “selfie” and sent it to me. Done with Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils and finished with Powder Blender (the powder) using foam brushes and paper stumps for blending. Paper used was Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate Finish (8″x10″).

Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils on Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate paper.

 

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Josiah – Graphite on copy paper – 8 1/2″x11″ with Powder Blender

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I took this picture of my wonderful grandson Josiah a couple years ago as he was looking out his front window. I’ve been wanting to do a drawing from it and decided to do a quick sketch on some HP copy paper to get an idea of how I wanted it to look. I was using some new Caran d’Ache Graphwood pencils (2B, 3B, 6B and 8B) I got from Dick Blick last week. The drawing kept getting better and better and I couldn’t stop. I got to a point where I wanted to smooth out the background and skin tones and decided to try the Powder Blender system and it worked great. (brushandpencil.com). The system is designed for colored pencils – especially oil base pencils, but the texture and grit of the powder made a great vehicle to even out the textures. I’ll try it on a more robust paper (Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate) next time! Anyway, here’s the “sketch” and a YouTube video of the Powder Blender system and how I used it for this drawing.

Original photo:

Original photo of Josiah in profile
Original photo of Josiah in profile
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender
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Christy and Ezra – 6″x10″ Pencil on Canson XL Bristol Smooth Paper

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A 6″x10″ pencil drawing of my wonderful daughter Christy and grandson Ezra taken last week at Jones Bridge Park with our family. I took the photo with my Sony A6000 camera and did a time-lapse video of the drawing on Youtube. Check it out below!

A pencil drawing on Canson XL Bristol Smooth paper.
A pencil drawing on Canson XL Bristol Smooth paper.

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Use your iPhone to create a great photo of your art…

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How many times have you wanted to capture that piece of art you created but it’s under glass and the reflections make it impossible?Or you want to catalog a bunch of images in your scrapbooks or art journals? Or perhaps you have some older drawings and paintings that you can’t seem to get cropped properly. Watch my tutorial on how to use your cellphone and Photoshop to capture, color correct and reframe your images so they are suitable for submission to shows, posting on your website or Facebook pages or send to clients for approval. Here’s a YouTube video I created with tips on how to showcase your work in all these situations.

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A Portrait of Jonny – Colored Pencil with Powder Blender – 8″x10″

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Jonny Colored Pencil
8″x10″ Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Uart 800 Sanded Paper. I did this drawing of Jonny with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and used the Powder Blender system to create an “oil painting” effect on the portrait. For more information on the Powder Blender system, visit brushandpencil.com

 

For a tutorial on this drawing, please visit my YouTube Channel and watch a “speed drawing” of the creation of this portrait! Please leave me some feedback and share your thoughts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/hoffmancreativemedia.

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