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Old 07-04-2006, 11:53 AM
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Re: Painting with Pencil......WIP

Wow. very nice... I will have to try this... truely inspirational!!!!
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Thank you so much Tammy and Enia!

Here is the final piece...


This one came together rather quickly due to it's small size. It's basically a thumbnail sketch at 5x10 inches.
While I was happy to incorporate a paint brush as a blending tool, I quickly realized that it's NOT good for areas where you want a consistent texture like skin. It is very easy to overblend and end up with odd looking patches.
I will pretty much return to my non-blending or detail area blending only approach from here on out.

Now on to bigger and better things...
I've already started a new drawing and I will scan it today as a work-in-progress. Thanks for looking!
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Great work Paul. I've not used brushes, but have read and heard it recommended a few places. I do use an every widening variety or blending tools/techniques. Visited your site earlier. Love your work.

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Thanks for the kind words, Kenny, and for checking out my new website (what there is of it! LOL! I need to work on it some more!)

And isn't it odd that I'm from Colorado and I'm now an Okie! I grew up in Greeley.


I started another Work-In-Progress titled "Kavita".

Thanks again!
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Outstanding work, Paul. I will add this link to out WIPs in the Learning Center.
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Thanks Mary, that would be great!
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Thanks for the kind words, Kenny, and for checking out my new website (what there is of it! LOL! I need to work on it some more!)

And isn't it odd that I'm from Colorado and I'm now an Okie! I grew up in Greeley.


I started another Work-In-Progress titled "Kavita".

Thanks again!

So what took you to Oklahoma? Been there long?
I'm now more a Colorado native than Oklahoma as I've been here about 30 years and despite growing up there, have been here longer. I was through Greeley a few weeks ago on the the way to Pawnee Buttes for pictures/hiking.

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My father's company moved to Oklahoma City when I was in junior high, so I've been here ever since! It's strange going back to Greeley now that the cities have grown so much, it's kind of sad. The price of progress, I suppose. I like it here in Oklahoma, the people are so friendly. I do miss the mountains and the museums in Denver.
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Just gorgeous Paul! Very soft and dreamy
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Re: Painting with Pencil......WIP

The two initial drawings appeared more dramatic and showed off the skillful use of the brushes by comparision with the more finished pieces, which seem to appear more overworked. Sometimes drawing (and painting) techniques can overtake the piece, where there comes a point where we just need to not look back. Of course, posting on the web always gives a different impression, and I'm sure they are very strong looking drawings when viewed in person, since lighting on the work makes all the difference, as you know. You might also enjoy the metal point drawings of Dennis Martin. This particular one took him months to draw:



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Paul- lovely work...just gorgeous! Did you only use a HB mech. pencil for this? If so, those are some pretty amazing darks. What did you do to accomplish these? Thanks
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Thanks all!

The darks were achieved by multiple even layers of graphite using the same HB .5mm mechanical pencil.

Thanks for posting the piece by Dennis James Martin, my all time favorite artist. I saw the original at the Colonial Art Gallery. He lived here in Oklahoma City until his untimely death a few years ago.
He taught me patience through his discipline and made me realize that you can't force a masterpiece. And though I'm still learning I do understand the importance of letting each piece take shape slowly for the best results.

As I stated above, this piece came together incredibly quickly and I was experimenting with the new blending technique, so it is not one of my typical pieces and wasn't expecting perfection (although I'm trying desperately to achieve it! Yeah, right! LOL). It was just fun to discover again. Now back to the drawing board!
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GREAT FINISHING!
Theres something about the look of using this technique that sets it apart though.
Your artistic viewpoint and lighting is amazing along with the style you have.
Maybe you could do this same picture in your usual style and do some sort of pole to see what people think.
Do you do commission work?
Feel free to PM me and let me know.
Thanks for sharing.
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Paul, you know I have been an admirer of your work for sometime--this one looks like one of your best--I did an Alpaca using the pencil and brush technique--I have not had the courage to try it on a human yet but this....this is very inspiring. I'm to your site now to refresh my memory of your work! Thanks!!!
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Re: Painting with Pencil......WIP

Overworked or not, it is still very beautiful and has the smoothness of a B&W digital work, but still retains the distinct character of graphite.
Looks like you're also getting some good darks in there as well.
I've tried using a brush with charcoal, but until now, I had never thought of using it on graphite.
I suppose I'll have to give it a shot sometime.

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