Category Archives: Pencil Drawings

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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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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Papa Red and Sam David

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I'm entering a few original drawings in the upcoming Johns Creek Art Association show. Here's one of "Papa Red (Carol's dad) and Sam David" done with graphite and colored pencils on Strathmore charcoal paper.
I’m entering a few original drawings in the upcoming Johns Creek Art Association show. Here’s one of “Papa Red (Carol’s dad) and Sam David” done with graphite and colored pencils on Strathmore charcoal paper.
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A Drawing I Did of My Lovely Wife Carol in 1975

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A little pencil sketch for fun…

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