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.