This is a double size ACEO card. (3.5″x5″) done completely with colored pencils. I normally use paints or markers for an under painting but on this I wanted to just try out straight up colored pencils.
Started with the outline in light graphite. Added some flesh tones and shadow areas.
More flesh tones and shadows. When using colored pencils, I use a lot of colors to get the flesh tones right. I don’t have any specific colors I use. I do tend to use a brownish red and a golden yellow/ I determine what colors after studing the reference picture. Depending on the lighting dictates the color direction I will be using.
Now, I am just relayering the midtones and shadow to give it contrast.
Using the reference pic, I decide to use the same brown in the sweater.
Adding red to the flesh being careful not to over due it. Too much red would make Crissy look like she has a sun burn.
Now onto the hair.
Adding red to the sweater and working on the hair some more.
“Art has been a major part of my life since I was very young. My art has been my enjoyment, my passion and my escape.”
Creation is more than expression—it’s an extension of the creator. My passions vary in subject from lush landscapes to touchable nudes, and soul-capturing portraits to symbolic art. I strive to inject a little part of myself into every piece I create. Through my eyes, I will take you on a journey of the senses.
Black and white are the colors of good and evil—the essence of the life force—so charcoal and graphite are my minions. By pushing the lead, I can create contrast and detail that will make you take a closer look.
Armed with raw talent, I arrived at Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography and swiftly rose to the top of my game by the time the institute changed hands the following year to Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts. During the summer break, I learned screen printing by trade, which has enabled me to provide wearable art to the masses.
While working as a screen printer and full-time artist by day, my nights are spent prowling for new inspiration with the help of seven or eight cups of high test. I’ve had the pleasure of tricking out ads for fast-food restaurants like Hardees as well as local radio stations and other businesses. Even rock icons like The Black Crowes have been “Rudisill’ed” with my apparel designs for promotional giveaways.
Today, after finding the American dream with an amazing wife and three kids, I have complete creative control with my screen printing and embroidery business, featuring 9-11 anniversary graphics and designs on the backs of MMA fighters such as Thiego Alves and Donald Cerrone. I freelance to other printers and larger apparel companies worldwide.
My free time is spent manipulating the disorganization of my mind into fine art, which I hope you’ll enjoy by browsing through my gallery.
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