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Do you accept commissions? Yes. However, I do reserve the right to either accept or decline the commission.
Why do you only draw with charcoal and carbon and not use strictly graphite? Graphite is far too shiny and reflective to use purely for creating realistic drawings. Shadows should not shine and neither should a person’s eyebrows. While graphite can allow you to draw some amazingly sharp, fine lines, thus creating tremendous detail, I’ve found that pure graphite drawings need to be either sprayed with a fixative that helps eliminate the shine, or your image has to be “fixed” in Photoshop. I’m not a fan of using either one.
What art school did you attend? None. I’ve never had an art instruction class in my life. I had an “art appreciation” class in college that was an “elective” but we never made artwork or undertook artistic endeavors. .
Drawing has always been something I’ve been able to do. I would also say it ran in the family, since my older brother and a couple of older sisters were very good at drawing. Not that what you see on my blog is equal to what I did in the third grade, of course not. But I would say that it’s something that has always been there.
Most of what I know, I’ve learned from just experimenting with the materials in front of me or accessible to me. Trying new things as blenders or mixing….things like that. Perhaps the only thing I can attest to, which I did utilize to learn more about my style of drawing was a book by J.D. Hillberry. While the book doesn’t give you step-by-step instructions on how he created his fantastic works, it does provide you the same materials he used. So, I figured; “Hey! If he is at least telling me what he used and some of what he did to render his textures, then why can’t I experiment with the materials he is using to see if I can copy or reproduce the same textures?” And that willingness to try to experiment is how I got started and progressed.
Do you watch or recommend any youtube videos or vlogs? Good question. Yes, I have watched Youtube videos about drawing, but I’ve found almost most of them focus on graphite. However, there are many that deal with charcoal but very few who will tell you that the type of paper you use makes all the difference in the world when it comes to rendering realistic values and textures. Do I subscribe to any artistic Youtube channels now? Nope, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any out there that are helpful. I just don’t like searching for videos on a certain topic only to be given clips that do not show what I want. A complete waste of my time, so I just try to discover it myself.
Does it matter which brand of charcoal, carbon, or graphite I use? Aren’t they really all the same? Oh HECK NO! This is something I found out the hard way and I’ve only seen about two videos that ever address this issue and you would never know because the subject was buried in the video near the very end. This question is something that could lead to a HUGE Master Thesis but due to time and space constraints, I’ll make this simple: different brands do not perform the same. Different brands can give different shades, tones, values, textures, contrast, blending qualities, etc.!!! Cheap isn’t always a great way to go but expensive can be very disappointing. If you want to know more about what I like to use and why, you can just email me personally.