All Canvas Paper Illustrations

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Pencil


My first work as an artist began creating portraits of dogs, using pencil. To this day it is still one of my favorite mediums. I love the texture and detail that you can capture, as well as the focus on purely values and line.

I have fallen in love with the Caran d'Ache pencil line for their amazingly smooth pencil leads, and recommend them to anyone serious about drawing.

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Carbon Dust


Carbon dust is traditionally used for scientific illustrations, and involves creating a carbon dust from special carbon pencils, which is then applied to the paper using fine brushed. The medium has been an amazing discovery for me, as it is a combination of both drawing and painting skills. For me, the main benefit is the depth of black that can be achieved, as well as the speed at which I am able to create smooth value gradients.

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Colored Pencil


I included a work in progress since many people seem to enjoy the process. Colored pencil is a medium that can have amazing results with a few simple techniques. First, buy good quality colored pencils (I prefer Faber Castell and Prismacolor). Second, layer and burnish! I use many, many colors together in my drawings and then use a colorless blender to bind (burnish) the colors together. Additionally, use a high quality electric pencil sharpener to keep your pencils pointy.

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