Final drawing: “Tiffany.” 14” x 22”. Pencil on paper.
I can always count on Kam Chancellor to give me a good challenge, and this piece was no exception! There were several elements within this drawing that I had never drawn before – from the curls of her hair to the texture of her shirt – and I had to figure out solutions as I progressed. I learned so much from this piece, and have a renewed confidence that I can take on and conquer new challenges.
A big thanks to Kam for continuing to push me beyond my self-imposed limits, and I hope Tiffany loves her new piece of artwork.
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Putting down the first layer of the background. Since much of the background is a subtle transition from dark to light, I use soft strokes which allow me to better control the values as I build up layers.
Almost done with Tiffany! Still need to refine to details in her right arm, and then on to the background!
Working my way around Tiffany’s shoulder and adding the first layer of shading to her arm. As I’ve previously stated, I start with light layers of directional shading, and then softly blend out the visible lines. I repeat this process several times until the shading wraps around the contour of the figure.
As with my Chris Cornell drawing, this piece has reached the stage in which I feel she’s looking back at me and, when the figure is looking back squarely into your eyes, the viewer is lured into experiencing the piece – whether you want to or not.
I’ve finished half of Tiffany’s shirt. Correctly capturing the fabric’s texture and how it wraps around the body give her body form. But it’s the shadows that truly give this piece depth. The shadow under her arm covers the fabric as well as her skin, and rendering the shadow’s interaction with the two very different textures help enhance the level of realism.
Got the first layer of shading on Tiffany’s left side (my right side… I’m a lefty so I draw from right to left). Now applying the first layer of shading to her hand. Again, starting with light, directional shading to give the illusion of contour, and will blend out and add additional layers to accurately capture the subtle changes in the texture of her skin.
Still working through @mrsbambamkam’s hair. It’s so intricate. Will definitely have to go back through this area several more times and refine the individual curls and how they interact with the light.
There are so many curls within Tiffany’s hair and most are barely visible because the lighting is so dark. But they’re still there! I’m starting by creating directional shading of the curls. Although I’ll end up smoothing out most of these lines, the underlying layer with help give the hair shape, movement and volume.
Got the first layer of shading added to the hair on Tiffany’s left side. There are even more curls on the other side so I need to map out where each one will be before refining the details.
Hair is always challenging to draw as each person’s hair is uniquely different. Tiffany’s is particularly difficult in this image because of the lighting: the majority of her hair is is low light and the details are barely visible. However there are also bright highlights throughout the curls that help give the hair its shape and volume. Such a fun challenge! 🙂
However, before the detail is added, I need to map out the general shape and flow of the hair before refining and adding the highlights.
I cannot tell you how important it is to surround yourself with people who keep a positive mindset. Life can be extremely challenging at times, and it’s critical to have people in your corner who refuse to embrace the “woe is me” attitude and challenge you to be your best. Take responsibility and take action. Once you learn that you have the power to shape your own destiny, the opportunities are limitless.
My guy Kam Chancellor has been supporting me and my art since day one. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with him and his wife Tiffany a few times, and they’re two of the nicest, most humble, positive positive people you’ll ever meet.
Kam recently asked me to create something truly special of and for Tiffany, and it’s time to get this party started! Let’s make some magic!