“Champions”

$30.00$70.00

 

DETAILS

Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

Versions:
• $70 – hand signed (signature is hand-signed by artist)
• $30 – digitally signed (printed signature)

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Weight .02 lbs
Dimensions 18 × .01 × 12 in
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ORIGINAL drawing, Print (digitally-signed), Print (HAND-signed)

DETAILS

Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

Versions:
• $70 – hand signed (signature is hand-signed by artist)
• $30 – digitally signed (printed signature)

ORIGINAL: $6,500 (SOLD)

CHAMPIONS

The making of…

Original song “Ready” by Grynch, Ayron Jones and DJ Nphared.

Download it for free here.

 

Final drawing: “Champions”
Size: 22″ x 30″
Medium: pencil on paper

“Champions”

$30.00$70.00

 

DETAILS

Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

Versions:
• $70 – hand signed (signature is hand-signed by artist)
• $30 – digitally signed (printed signature)

Clear
SKU: N/A Category:
Additional Information
Weight .02 lbs
Dimensions 18 × .01 × 12 in
Versions

ORIGINAL drawing, Print (digitally-signed), Print (HAND-signed)

Getting closer!! Still a large area of black that I need to fill, which takes a long time using a needle-tip pencil. Plus there’s are lots of subtle details in the dark area (textures, shines, etc).

 

Then, AFTER I get the paper totally covered… I’ll go back and START adding the really fine details! ✏️🔍

How small can you write?? Super small text on the credentials!! Currently working on the texture of the vest. Getting closer to completion!!

Working my way down the left side of this piece. The background is so dark that many of the figures and objects blur together, and it’s difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins! This makes it a bit more challenging to get everything laid out accurately and with the correct proportions. But I love a good challenge!!

I use the blending stick to help sketch the composition as well as dull the texture of the paper. Much of the lower area on the right and left side are really dark so this is the first step in the shading process!!

Maaan, I care way too much about the smallest details! Lol. I’ve refined the same area of the background several times because I cannot move on until it’s perfect!! It’s a gift and a curse! 😩😂 But the final piece will be totally worth it!! 🏆

I’m always testing new techniques to create higher levels of life-like detail, and I thought I’d share a new finding.

 

I create the majority of my drawings using HB lead, and then I’ll use 4B for the really dark areas.

 

However, the paper I use has a bit of a “tooth” to it, and the graphite doesn’t always cover solidly because of the texture (it’s close, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist!). So, to achieve highly detailed – yet really smooth – gradations, I’ll use my HB and 4B pencil AND THEN go over this same area with a really light 4H pencil.

 

This does an amazing job at covering the texture and, because it’s so light, it creates a really smooth gradation between shades without really altering the shading that I’ve already done.

I’ve spent the past few days go back over this entire piece with the 4H pencil. You might not be able to see the difference in photos, but I assure you, if you see this piece in person… get as close as possible, and you won’t be able to see any pencil strokes since everything will be perfectly blended because of the 4H pencil. ✏️

Finally finished the jacket by adding more detail and refining the shine. Slow, steady, controlled progress!! Taking the extra time to do it right is always worth it!!

A few days ago I saw an interview with Draymond Green in which he talked about the mindset of believing you’re the best at what you do, and having this mindset is a requirement for even having a CHANCE at becoming the best.

 

This is the mindset that I adopted a while back. Every time I pick up my pencil I strive to become the best at what I do. Part of that process is putting in the extra time to draw the smallest of details. I’ve spent 10+ hours since my last post ONLY refining the blurry background in the right side. That’s the level of dedication I have to becoming the best. ✏️👑

Finally got most of the right half of the drawing laid out! Will now start refining this area and adding more contrast to really make the details pop.

 

It’s a slow process to get the figures placed accurately, but you can’t rush greatness!! Amirite??! ✏️🏆

The background is taking way longer than I originally anticipated.

The challenge is that the blurred background is really dark, and there is very little difference in dark/light values.

As such, most of the elements in the background blend into each other, which make it very difficult to delineate and draw the elements.

So, I’m mapping out the background with fairly dark lines so I can separate the elements and capture them accurately, and then I’ll go back to refine the shading.

Getting the background laid out. I’ll keep it pretty rough until I get the all the figures sketched with accurate proportions. Then, it’ll be time to go crazy with the detail!!

Refined the detail in Pete’s face and hair as well as in Russell’s hands. Now, getting the background laid out!!

I’m jumping around this piece a bit. Refined some of the detail in Pete’s face (skin texture, etc) as well as on Russell’s jersey (patches, etc).

Working my way through the maze of Pete’s luscious locks! Yes, I’m jealous of his amazing hair! Lol

 

Hair is often challenging to draw because we’re naturally inclined to draw strands of hair. Although there are some “hard” lines within the hair, the majority is made up of subtle shading transitions, which give the hair a soft, textured look and feel.

Added some detail to Pete’s hand and now working on Russell’s hand. This is merely the first pass at adding detail; I’ll blend this out and then add a few more layers to truly bring the artwork to life! ✏️

Getting that Super Bowl logo tightened up a bit!! Lots of small shines and wrinkles on Russell’s jersey… gonna capture all of those details and more!!

 

Then, on to Pete!!

Started refining the details within Russell’s face, and also added another thin layer of shading to Pete’s face.

 

This is a big drawing so it’s gonna take a while! Lots more details coming soon! Let’s goooo!!

Welp, apparently everyone could tell from my previous post that I’m drawing Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson!!

 

This drawing is almost twice as large as I typically do so it’s gonna take while!

 

However, with larger drawings is the challenge (opportunity!) to really get granular with the fine details! Can’t wait!!

Here are the first few pencil strokes on a new commissioned piece!

 

Can you tell who it is??

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