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 Hahnem├╝hle 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