“Storm: Sue & Jewell” (PRINT)

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Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

 

 

 

 

SUE & JEWELL

The making of…

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Final drawing: “Sue & Jewell.” 15” x 23”. Pencil on paper.

“Storm: Sue & Jewell” (PRINT)

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Coming down the home stretch! Just added the first layer of shading to Jewell’s arm.

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I’m a firm believer that the smallest details often make the biggest difference – in art, business, in our daily lives, etc. Going the extra mile and exerting the additional effort is often what’s required to achieve greatness in any aspect of life.

I could have easily glossed over the elastic waist on the shorts. After all there’s a good chance that they’ll be covered with matting once this piece is framed. But I never want to take short cuts. I want people to examine this piece all over and say “wow, even the waist on the shorts have a ton of detail.” Again, it’s such a small part of the drawing do it will likely go unnoticed by most but, for those who do see these details, and think they’ll truly appreciate the extra effort. At least, that’s my hope.

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Like a ball of clay, I slowly mold the Adidas logo until I get it just right. Lots of erasing and adjustments as I search to find the perfect proportions of each letter. Just about have this one locked in.

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Baaaaallin’! Yes, I’m currently working on drawing the basketball… Haha! Why does the lettering on the basketball have to be so tiny? I think they really wanted to change me on this piece. Challenge accepted! Just need to sharpen the lettering on the ball and add a little more shading and it’ll be good to go!

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My artistic process relies heavily on refinement. The Storm logo on Jewell’s jersey was driving me nuts as I tried to really get it locked in.

 

I often revisit areas of the drawing that I once deemed as “finished” and add more detail. In this piece I’ve done that several times, and I also further refined the faces to ensure all the proportions are correct.

 

I enjoy sharing my process, and you also get a glimpse at my flaws as I’m still learning. My goal is to simply improve every day. But it’s all about the final piece. I know by the time that I’m really finished, everything will be just as I want it.

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I’m going HAM on Jewell! I’ve always wanted to say that! Haha. But seriously, so many details have jumped out at me since I started drawing her. I’m seeing tiny wrinkles, the pores of her skin, and so many other microscopic details that you’ll never see from far away, but I added them anyway. I love it when people get right up to my drawing and see new details the closer they get. I’m going all in on this one! 🙌

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I just knew I wouldn’t be able to stay away from Sue! Haha! Just had to go back in and add more detail to Sue’s face. I’m literally adding dots at this point. Just like a pixel on a computer (as if you took an image and zoomed into an individual pixel). By envisioning this drawing as merely a collection of tiny dots/pixels makes the process much more manageable and less overwhelming.

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The devil is in the details! Slowly adding layers of shading and then going back in to add the pores on Jewell. I want viewers to see more and more detail the closer they get to the drawing. This process is long, but the result is a heightened sense of realism.

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Finished @SBird10 (although I’m sure I’ll go back and add more detail later…I always do). Also, got most of the basketball complete.
I’m super excited to start drawing @JewellLoyd! Just started on the base layer of shading on her face. Will slowly add more layers to give greater depth and make her facial features more pronounced and look more photo-realistic.

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Pretty much done with Sue’s jersey. Just added the first layer of shading to her arm.

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Lettering has always been tough for me. The line work has to be so tight. Plus Boost Mobile has a very specific and skinny font that, if not drawn perfectly, the whole drawing could be lost. I actually had to redraw the Boost logo because it was a bit off. Been working it for a while and I’m starting to get it locked in.

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Working my way through Sue’s jersey including the @seattlestorm logo. Had to re-work the logo a few times to get all the proportions correct, but I think I finally got it locked in. The majority of the jersey appears to be solid black however, upon closer inspection, there are actually quite a few slightly lighter gradations within the jersey. So, I’m working on the first layer of shading on the jersey, and they I’ll go back pull out those finer details.

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