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!

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: For easy links to all prints and gifts, you can go directly to my site map at: Horse Art and Dog Breed Art.