Friday, December 6, 2013

USA Workshops

Registration for the workshops in Phoenix, AZ, USA in March 2014 are now open. Please visit: http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/classes.html for further informations.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, December 17, 2012

Drawing Materials

I get many questions about the materials I use for graphite drawings so I put together this list.

But be aware as long as you use good quality materials you should not be too concerned about the right materials. Just experiment a lot to find the materials which you like and which give you the results you want.

I used to draw on Canson Mi-teintes paper (the smoother backside) but now I draw more on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchpad. But I am still trying a lot of new papers. I prefer using papers with at least a bit of texture or "tooth". I am not fond of ultra smooth paper. Often I see people using printer paper -that is not good for a serious drawing.

I draw with Faber-Castell pencils (Serie 9000), standard wooden pencils, using more or less all grades that are available (5H to 8B). Graphite is always grey, even the softest pencil, so I use a black color pencil or the 8B pencil by Staedtler (which claims to be graphite but it is mixed with something) to draw the darkest areas. I am using this not for dark backgrounds though. Charcoal will not stick on graphite, so I do not use it. But the other way around (graphite over charcoal) works, so you might want to try that although I am not doing it.

When drawing on white paper, I draw with an eraser to get the lighter parts and highlights. Tools here are a kneadable eraser, an eraser pencil by Faber-Castell (7056) and an eraser pencil by Tombow (Mono Zero).
On toned, darker paper I use a white Charcoal pencil (General's) for the highlights and lights. Instead of the that you can also use white pastel or white colored pencil.

For blending I use ordinary tissues and blending stumps. I have not tried brushes for blending but you might want to try them.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Workshops 2013

I finally set up the Advanced Realism in Portrait drawing workshop schedule for the 1st half of next year. Go to my website for more infos and the registration form.
http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/classes.html

(If you still see the old page please reload it)

German version:
http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/unterricht-d.html


Monday, November 5, 2012

Beethoven - Cover Illustration

"Beethoven", 2012
Cover illustration for "Heritage of our World", distributed with National Geographics, Germany.

I used a painting of Beethoven and a photo of a bust for reference. For texture reference I took a photo. Still had to improvise a lot -the hair is completely improvised based on a Beethoven bust.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Features

While I am enjoying my holidays on Hawaii I am getting some nice exposure lately. Here are some of them -more to follow:
Huffingtonpost
Daily Mail UK
Blic, Serbia
enpundit.com
Juxtapoz Magazine



 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drawing workshops 2012 Update

I updated the page with the workshop schedule 2012. Also set up a workshop dedicated to my techniques of drawing on canvas in October this year:
http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/classes.html

German version / Deutsche Version:
http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/unterricht-d.html

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Workshop Drawing Demonstration




Drawing demo on Canson Sketchpad paper (c. 11" x 15") from my workshop in Feb. 2012.
You can see the different stages starting with a simple Block-in, then refining the sketch, sketching in the forms, building up the forms by blending, building up the values and putting in the final details.

More infos:
http://www.dzimirsky.com/studio/classes.html

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Workshop Termine

I finally put my spring/summer 2012 workshop schedule online. If you are interested in attending one of my workshop you can get infos and register here:
Workshops 2012

Meine Frühjahr/Sommer Workshop Termine sind jetzt online:
Workshops 2012 -deutsch

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Black Sun




Graphite on paper, heightened with white ink
25.6" x 20.5" (65 x 52 cm)

Digital Copy of LEMONWORLD


I am actually not a big fan of E-books that's why I had my book "Lemonworld" only available as a print copy but because I got quite a lot of emails where people telling me that they would like to get a copy but it is either not possible to order in their country or the shipping costs are way too high, I decided to make the book available as a download as well as a printed copy for a limited time.

You can check it out here:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/155638


Thanks,
Dirk

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Black Sun WIP


Work in progress
Graphite on paper.

I am working on it on the easel actually but to reach the shoulder part I put it on the desk. Face not finished.
So far about 80 hours -I guess another 20 hours to finish it.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

2012 Workshop in Brugge, Belgium

I will be giving a one month workshop from July 1 – July 30, 2012 at the Flemish Classical Atelier in Bruges (Brugge) in Belgium. Visit their website for more information and also for more workshops opportunities by different instructors. Feedback welcomed.


http://www.flemishclassicalatelier.com/2012-workshops





Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ausstellung / Exhibition

Exhibition at the Rathaus Galerie in Hamminkeln, Germany
8-Sep-2011 to 10-Oct-2011. Opening: 8-Sep-2011 at 18:00.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Busy

Yesterday I was busy mounting and framing drawings for my upcoming exhibition (8th Sept. 2011, Rathaus Hamminkeln, Germany). Here are some of them:




Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fanpage

Ok, I now have a fanpage on Facebook. Would be great to see you there! Cheers.

Fanpage