In this blog I will take you on my adventures on paper, struggles with materials, the proces of drawing, portraits that were a succes and the ones that were a total disaster.
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A special friend
How can you call a spider a friend? Hey, it''s not my friend. I freak out even if spiders are very small. This one is a 'friend' of my friend. She lives in Australia and makes photos of insects and spiders.
This little spider always greats her when she opens the backdoor to the garden. As if it would say: "Hello! Good morning. Nice to see you again." With all it's eyes...
It's not that I follow these things but it all happenend so fast after eachother.
Krefeld Zoo in Germany.
The photo I saw at a friend was this one from Charly. He did not make it... So this is an ode to him.
Yes, those forests going up in flames and among the heat people fighting for their live and animals trying to flee. The news flashes, pictures and videos from Australia burning. I think everybody has a few images burned in their memory. After four days of continues drawing I placed this portrait on social media. People from around the world saw this portrait and were amazed by it.
If you have interest in buying this portrait, it is still available. All the money goes to the Koala foundation. Thank you.
It’s not a very beautiful dog. But it is very sweet! If you come across one you can hear them breath. It’s a little pug. But even if it is a dog that probably is not to everybody’s liking, those eyes!
On this portrait you can see the photographer in the eyes of the little animal. O yes… I love to draw eyes so could not resist these ones.
Sometimes you come across an animal you never saw before or knew it existed. Insects, fish but also bigger animals like this saiga antelope. This smaller antelope lives in small herds in the south of Russia. Territory loss, hunting and illegal poaching brought it almost to extinction.
Once there were huge herds that migrated from the east of Mongolia to the west of Russia. As the reindeer still do today on the taiga or the wildebeest on the continent of Africa or the bison in the US.
I just had to draw this portrait.
I did not say this, it was a comment on Twitter. But... this person was right! I started to draw this mandril. When I got to a finish on the darker part of his hair, I looked at the photo and thought: ‘O my, this is never going to end! There is still the outside layer.
I really had to push myself to finish it but it was worth all the effort. I am very happy with the result. No, it cannot be sold because of copyright. But it comes with me on expositions.
Water is a challenge. The round shape of a drop of water, the glimmering and reflection of light. How do you keep water fluid on paper?
A lot of pratice!
I started with this ladybog. The first attempt of drawing drops was ok. The second one is the basketball player from Germany. This portrait you can find in my portfolio among the graphite portraits. Specially the sweat on his forhead was a challange. It had to glimmer a bit! Second attempt was a success.
The third one of the girl in the water or in the shower… Amazing. I still cannot believe I drew that myself. You can find the portrait in the graphite section of my portfolio.
Once in a lifetime
It’s halfway 2019 when I take a bold step. I am in search of photos of animals. There are a lot of photos, nice clear and sharp but of course all protected by copyright. So what did I do? I contacted two photographers and... YES! Two positive answers! They gave me permission to draw their photos of wildlife under a few conditions. I can never sell those portraits but I can use them to practice and share on my website and Facebook protected by copyright. That is amazing! The first one I choose was this little orang-utan.
Drawing a portrait
Yes, also this portrait you can find in my portfolio as almost all the portraits shown in this blog. The light in a photo and the sharpness are so important to reach my realistic drawing style. I drew this portrait for friends and they were so happy with the result! I also drew the portrait of the little girl’s brother. Both of them are at age 1 in the portrait.
Or is a horse not a pet? I don’t know. Anyway, I had to draw a horse at least one time. This one was the first.
After a commission I was invited to come along to a riding school and made pictures there of almost every horse in the stable.
From a special group of artists I got compliments on my portrait and tips and that helped me a lot. Of course this was not the last horse I drew. This was fun! And another part of my happiness was… I made the picture and the portrait myself!
Far and away!
This rabbit I found on internet, I had to draw it. I had chosen this picture not only because of the details but also because of the eye. I just fell in love with it. Once it was done a friend asked if he could have it for charity. ‘Yes ofcourse!’
The portrait flew to Canada!
It has been auctioned for charity there.
Colored portraits take a lot of time to draw due to the many layers I draw to create the perfect depth. Graphite is a lot faster but not easier. It has a lot of black, grey and white shades.
I got better in the detailed work and got to a point that I started to make work for other people then myself. Wiegel here, a young labrador at that time, I gave away to a friend. A few weeks after, I got my first commission from that friend!