Friday, December 12, 2008

“What kind of pencils do you use?”

I often receive emails posing this question. Many emerging artists have tremendous talent. They know the time and energy that goes into a detailed drawing, and they want to use the best materials possible.

My answer to this question surprises some. For the most part, I use ordinary pencils purchased from an office supply store. I like the mechanical pencils, as the leads are quite thin and thus give me a sharp point without wasting hours sharpening and making a corresponding mess. The mechanical pencils are available in several thicknesses too.

Most mechanical pencils come with HB leads. I do 90% of my drawing with this softness of graphite. Then, I use artist pencils in the B to 6B range to “punch out” the darkest areas of my drawing.

Stark County Artists Show Opens at the Massillon Museum

The Stark County Artists Exhibition opens this Saturday (December 13, 2008) at the Massillon Museum. The show opening will take place from 7-9 p.m. and it is open to the public. After Saturday, exhibition will then be on display during normal museum hours through February 8.

My horse pencil drawing “The Eyes Have It” will be on display as part of the exhibit. If you are in the area, please stop by the opening and enjoy the wealth of local talent!

“The Eyes Have It”:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Horse Ornaments are now available!

Many people have contacted me to comment on my fantasy horse drawing “Horsessence”. It occurred to me recently that this piece would make a wonderful horse ornament. So, I have colorized the drawing in red, green and blue versions. The all three horse lover ornaments are now available from my cafepress store. Happy Holidays all!