Thursday, June 08, 2006

Creating a Montage Pencil Drawing

Kelli Swan specializes in the beautiful and striking effect of graphite pencil illustration. Her detailed pencil drawings depicting various themes have won many awards in prestigious juried art shows. Many of Kelli’s drawings incorporate a layered, or montage approach. Here she explains her approach to these intricate pieces of art:

Once the topic(s) for the drawing have been chosen, a number of sketches are done as studies. These sketches include various angles and expressions of the subjects. From these studies, a final line drawing composition is created. The composition often includes a larger "close-up/cropped" image combined with one or more full images. This gives the drawing interest. That line drawing is then transferred onto high quality, acid-free drawing paper using a 2H or HB pencil:



After the final line art is transfered to high quality drawing paper, rendering begins on any "background" areas. These scenes are intended to "fall back" in value from the primary scene and therefore are renderd with a variety of "H" (harder/lighter) pencil leads:



Rendering of the primary image area now begins. Values of light and dark areas are relatively conservative at this point as it is important to monitor contrast between various subject matter. An HB pencil is used for this stage of drawing:

For more pictures and the complete Pencil Drawing process, please visit Kelli's web page on the subject:
How to Draw - Kelli's Horse Drawings and Dog Breed Art.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New -- Horse and Dog Journals now available through Pencilplace.com!

My new Journals are now available! Created with soft covers and spiral binding, these 6"x9" journals open flat for ease of writing. Each journal is 160 pages long, with the pages ruled for your convenience. The Journals are available in several themes, including: Friesian Horse, Greyhound Dog, Doberman Pinscher Dog, Dressage Horse and Horse Jumping. You will find the Journals, along with my new book “She drew horses...” at Pencil Drawings by Kelli Swan - Book and Journals. At $14.95/each, these make great Gifts!

I have recently updated my site with easier navigation and new prints! My Pencil Drawings include Dressage Art, Horse Jumping Art, Friesian Horse Art and Arabian Horse Art. There are also Paso Fino Prints, Morgan Horse Prints, Clydesdale and Percheron Art Prints and many others.

In addition to my equine art selections, I offer a wide range of Dog Breed Prints. You will find Corgi Art, Greyhound Drawings, Doberman Pinscher Art, Irish Wolfhound Prints, German Shepherd Drawings, Rottweiler, Saluki, Shelti, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever and many more.

Outside of my primary themes of horses and dogs, I also offer Aviation Art (Waco and Stearman Drawings), Historic Scenes and Black and White Landscapes. All of these are available through my website: pencilplace.com.. For easy links to all prints and gifts, you can go directly to my site map at: Horse Art and Dog Breed Art.

Kelli

Friday, June 02, 2006

Horse Drawings and Dog Breed Drawings at Kelli Swan's updated website!

Greetings! I have recently updated my site with easier navigation and new prints! My Pencil Drawings include Dressage Art, Horse Jumping Art, Friesian Horse Art and Arabian Horse Art. There are also Paso Fino Prints, Morgan Horse Prints, Clydesdale and Percheron Art Prints and many others.

In addition to my equine art selections, I offer a wide range of Dog Breed Prints. You will find Corgi Art, Greyhound Drawings, Doberman Pinscher Art, Irish Wolfhound Prints, German Shepherd Drawings, Rottweiler, Saluki, Shelti, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever and many more.

Outside of my primary themes of horses and dogs, I also create Aviation Art (Waco and Stearman Drawings), Historic Scenes and Black and White Landscapes. All of these are available through my website: pencilplace.com.. For easy links to all prints and gifts, you can go directly to my site map at: Horse Art and Dog Breed Art.

Kelli

Thursday, March 23, 2006

New Horse Lover and Dog Lover Gift Items are now Available: JOURNALS for Horse Lovers and Dog Lovers!

Greetings! I now offer a Horse Lover Journal in a Friesian Horse theme! Created with a soft cover and spiral binding, this 6"x9" Journal opens flat for ease of writing. The Journal is 160 pages long, with the pages ruled for your convenience. Great for use as a Daily Diary, Gratitude Journal, for Pet or Farm Records, and Addresses!

AND, there are also two Dog Lover Journals - one in a Greyhound theme and the other in a Doberman Pinscher theme. The Journals retail for $20/each.

If you are interested in purchasing in bulk for resale, please email me for pricing. The Journals can also be personalized and/or customized for your particular organization. A great fund raising item!!

For handy links to the Journals, my book (“She drew horses...”), art and other items, please visit one of my websites: Horse Lover Art and Dog Lover Art - Pencil Drawings by Kelli Swan

or

Animal Lover Gifts There are easy links to my gift products and Limited Edition Prints!

Happy browsing and shopping!

Monday, March 13, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kelli Swan Publishes Book of Her Pencil Drawings and Inspirations



March 13, 2005

Kelli Swan has just published her first book, titled “She drew horses…”

If you were to ask those who remember Kelli Swan from her youth – teachers, friends, family – many would likely begin with “Oh yes, she’s the one who drew the horses!” This book features the amazing Pencil Drawings of Kelli Swan. It is a book about drawings, dreams and inspirations. Horse creations abound, along with many other beautiful images. In this her first book, Kelli shares a selection of artwork along with her favorite inspirational quotes.

“The simplicity of a pencil fascinates me. It is one of the most basic of tools, and yet it can be used to create images of great complexity and depth. To take that which is simple and basic, and to create with it something moving and inspiring is a personally enriching experience. To me, this creative process is a reflection of life. We all possess very basic tools, and what can be created with these tools is incredibly complex, moving and full of potential”

The book is now available for purchase through Amazon.com and LuLu.com.

ABOUT AUTHOR

Kelli Swan specializes in the beautiful and striking effect of graphite illustration. Her detailed pencil drawings depicting various themes have won many awards in prestigious juried art shows. In addition, her drawings have been published on magazine covers, special event program covers and in a variety of publications. Kelli’s original works reside in collections in Germany, The UAE and The United States. Educated at the University of Akron in Ohio, she received her BFA with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Kelli draws her inspiration from a life-long love of animals and nature. Fascinated with drawing at an early age, she was already winning art competitions in Jr. High School. High School brought more awards, as well as a special devotion to her artwork. She participated in extra-curricular art classes and was receiving commissions by the age of 16!

Kelli’s artwork is available through her websites: www.pencilplace.com, www.kelliswan.com and www.animallovergiftplace.com.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Swan, www.pencilplace.com.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Animal Lover Gifts now available at AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com!

The selection just keep expanding! Now available are mugs, t-shirts, totes and more for: Horse Lover Gifts, Cat Lover Gifts and Dog Lover Gifts! I now stock Greyhound Dog Art, German Shepherd Dog Art, Saluki Dog Art, Corgi Dog Art, Rottweiler Dog Art, Doberman Pinscher Dog Art, Labrador Retriever Dog Art, Agility Dog Art, Whippet Dog Art and Irish Wolfhound Dog Art. For Cat Lovers I offer Kitten Art, Cat Art and Siamese Cat Art. And for those Horse Lovers out there: Friesian Horse Art, Arabian Horse Art, Paso Fino Horse Art, Morgan Horse Art, Dressage Horse Art, Horse Racing Art, Horse Jumping Art, Clydesdale Horse Art, Baroque Horse Art and more!

Just visit AnimalGiftPlace.com. There are easy links to my gift products and Limited Edition Prints!

To go directly to my Horse Lover and Dog Lover art (Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards), please visit my Pencil Drawings site: pencilplace.com.

Happy browsing and shopping!
New Animal Lover designs now available at AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com!

I have just released my newest designs for Animal Lover Gift Products: Ferret Lover, Rabbit Lover, Rat Lover, Cat Lover, Dog Lover and Horse Lover art! These are colorful images, sure to warm the heart of your favorite animal lover! Just visit AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com. There are easy links to my gift products and Limited Edition Prints!

To go directly to my Horse Lover and Dog Lover art (Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards), please visit my Pencil Drawings site: pencilplace.com.

Happy browsing and shopping!

Monday, March 06, 2006

New Animal Lover designs now available at AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com!

I have just released my newest designs for Animal Lover Gift Products: Ferret Lover, Rabbit Lover, Rat Lover, Cat Lover, Dog Lover and Horse Lover art! These are colorful images, sure to warm the heart of your favorite animal lover! Just visit AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com. There are easy links to my gift products and Limited Edition Prints!

To go directly to my Horse Lover and Dog Lover art (Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards), please visit my Pencil Drawings site: pencilplace.com.

Happy browsing and shopping!
New Animal Lover designs now available at AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com!

I have just released my newest designs for Animal Lover Gift Products: Ferret Lover, Rabbit Lover, Rat Lover, Cat Lover, Dog Lover and Horse Lover art! These are colorful images, sure to warm the heart of your favorite animal lover! Just visit AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com. There are easy links to my gift products and Limited Edition Prints!

To go directly to my Horse Lover and Dog Lover art (Limited Edition Prints and Note Cards), please visit my Pencil Drawings site: pencilplace.com.

Happy browsing and shopping!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

New Print Releases from Kelli Swan: Saluki Dog, Farrier, Fantasy Horse, Kids at the Beach, Rottweiler Dog and Irish Wolfhound!

I have just released my newest images for 2006: Rottweiler Dog, Saluki Dog and Irish Wolfhound prints are featured in my Dog Art Collection. Also new this year is a Fantasy Horse Drawing titled “Horsessence.” In addition, I have added a third Farrier print and a cute scene of Kids at the Beach.

For these and more Art Prints and Note Cards, please visit my primary site: pencilplace.com.

For Horse Lover Gifts and Dog Lover Gifts, visit my online store: cafepress.com/kelliswan. At this store (in the Dog Lover Gifts section) you will find my newest creation -- a brand new Greyhound Picture in wild colors! New Dog Breeds in this theme will be added soon!

My newest website will offer Art and Gifts for all sorts of Animal Lovers. The site is AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com. There are links to my newest Dog Breed Art (The Greyhound Picture), and many more are coming soon!

Happy browsing and shopping!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

New Art and Gifts for Horse Lovers and Dog Lovers!

Watch throughout 2006 for many new Horse Lover and Dog Lover Art and Gifts at Pencilplace.com! Recently released prints include Irish Wolfhound Dog and Rottweiler Dog breed themes. These images are also available on gift items such as mugs, shirts, totes, coasters, sweaters and more!

For Art Prints and Note Cards, visit my primary site: pencilplace.com.

For Mugs, Shirts, Totes and other products, visit my online store: cafepress.com/kelliswan.

I also have two other sites: cygnetgraphics.com.. This site tells you a bit about my business and the products/services I sell. The other site is AnimalLoverGiftPlace.com. That site now features a number of Horse Lover, Dog Lover and other Animal Lover Gifts. More will be added soon!

Happy browsing and shopping!