Another study from the great reference book, “The Hula Kahiko Collection,” by Kim Taylor Reece. This was a close-up portrait of one of Mr. Taylor’s subjects that caught my eye when I first flipped through the book. I knew I had to draw her.
I used my go-to technique of sharp angles and upsidedownedness to get the her likeness.
The image cropped off her hair so I had to draw up a stylized interpretation of it, which was a happy accident (RIP Bob Ross.) Everything else was just an effort to get a nice silhouette. The final touch was adding bits and pieces of micron for the darks. It’s necessary for that nice pop.
There are definitely some things I wish I would’ve approached differently, but that’s the objective with these studies; is to try things you think might have otherwise worked out. For example, before the island/ocean background, I had just made up a wreathe of very made-up leaves and it just looked… off. I couldn’t really figure out what I didn’t like about them, but I went based on instinct. That’s when drawing with a light line in a light color (I prefer Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils for this) really helps out. I was able to change that out easily.
Thank you for looking and maybe reading. Bless all
Long time no write. It’s been years since my last post, but time to brush the dust off this blog and oil up the typing muscles. I’ve been keeping busy trying to figure out where to take my life, and more importantly, where to take my art. I’ve worked plenty of meaningless jobs to fill in the gaps since the last update, hoping to find comfort somewhere in the job force, but no luck. It seems my destiny is to be an artist. Anyway, I’ll be updating here and my other social media outlets with all the artwork I’ve been creating. Hope you enjoy. For now here is a quick sketch I did last night using a reference picture from the book, “The Hula Kahiko Collection,” by Kim Taylor Reece.
The reference was really small. but challenging yourself is always good. I started the process the same I do with any other referenced drawing; very lightly with lines using Prismacolor carmine red ColErase pencil to block out all the shadows and to make sure the angles are right. It helps to turn there image upside down from time to time to get a fresh perspective. I wish I could draw while filming to show the full process, but for now, it’s just a description through words. I’ll for sure be using this book to draw from again. Great photography.
Thank you for looking and maybe reading.