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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Finished equine pencil portrait.Ingredients used.


"Hurricane"
Graphite on Paper. 36x56 cm.
Sheona Hamilton-Grant


Finished.
Hurricane is my first drawing this big.
The result was well worth the extra hours.

In this post I thought it would nice to share the set of instructions used for preparing and producing this specific drawing.
(p.s:The ingredients used can be found worldwide, the way in which they are combined comes from trial and error.)

INGREDIENTS

1 sheet of Mellotex paper, whole

3 clutch pencils, filled (6B, 2B &2H)

1/2 piece of Blu-Tack

1 gorgeous subject (1.1 tones/2425 lb)

12 finely detailed digital photographs

XL Foam board

Artist Tape

1 “White Lies” cd

2 Marillion cds

Collectors Edition Pink Floyd

11/2l of drinking water (daily)

2 nespresso coffees (daily)

Preheated studio to 19 ºC = 66.2 ºF.

65 hours of drawing time.

Freshly ground passion.


DIRECTIONS

In a warm studio, over angled drawing board, outline subject and study eyes, movement and light. Add a pinch of passion and bring inner vision to a simmer.

Place paper on foam board. Tape corners with artist tape. Secure and set aside.

Turn on music.

Review sketch and bring to parchment. Begin eyes to get a perfect expression.

On a clear drawing board, under good light, add more work to overall subject. Pin down the darks and gradually stir in the lighter values. Allow the lighter grays melt into the drawing, and then add detail to the mix. Work gently for approximately 65 hours until the values are completely coated with details.

Finish with a pinch of zeal and a crack of freshly ground passion.

Serve immediately.




Thursday, 19 November 2009

Hairy Legs can be ... nice?


Long hairy legs really do make for nice viewing...who would have thought? (insider tip: make sure they are from the animal kingdom.)
Another Christmas commission finished and a few more hours spent on the dashing Hurricane.
Wanted to share a detail of the progress. A few more hours still needed tweaking here and there but overall looking OK and then it will be on to the chest and right shoulder muscle.

May well be a few more days before the next update.
The week end is approaching fast and I'm already tucking down taking on tackling position...
Cheery waves to all of you wherever you are!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Adolph von Menzel: pure genius

"Self Portrait"
Adolph von Menzel
1815-1905

The week-ends always do this: knock me for six.
I know they are coming. I know their speed.
I brace myself, hunch down, tuck my elbows in ... tight and wait for impact!
Never fails: the impact gets me wobbling off balance rocking back and forth like a pin, sometimes worse...

This Monday morning balance has been regained.
This is what helped.
Reading about the work of the Master draftsman Adolf Menzel in the latest issue of Drawing Magazine. (Highly informative and insightful article written by Ephraim Rubenstein.)
The discovery of his work is sobering (despite wanting to drink it all in the hope of gaining a portion of his knowledge) . The execution of his work is stunning, the ease at which handles his pencils and paints to be envied and his mastery of light and form spot on.
His work quite simply has to be shared.


"Living Room with artist's Sister"
Adolph von Menzel, 1847



"Balcony Room"
Adolph von Menzel, 1847


"Two Discussing Voters"
Adolph von Menzel, 1849

Adolph von Menzel was born in Breslau, Poland. In 1830, his father moved the family to Berlin and founded a lithgraphy business, in which Menzel worked from the age of fourteen.
Shortly after moving to Berlin, Menzel’s father died unexpectedly leaving a young Menzel as the sole provider for the family. Eventually, Menzel was able to involve other members of the family in the business and pursue an education and career in art. (source: Forgotten Master: Adolf von Menzel )



Only a few images of his work seem to be available to share.
However, if you follow this link to allPaintings you can discover a few more. Look out for "a costume study of a Seated Woman, the Artist's Sister Emilie", "drawing of a Boy" and "Schlafender". Beautiful...


"Studio Wall"
Adolph von Menzel, 1872

Not sure I agree with his interior decorating skills though... These walls would put a dampener on my creativity ...

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

An new visual update: Hurricane

Here he is, the big chap with all sorts of strange feature problems.
Notice how the eyes and the nose are wonky. Easy fix (phew!) and not a big worry at this stage as all is still in the "getting it just right" process.
I will ask you however to forgive the quality of the scan. This drawing is so big and getting it to sit on the scanner is pretty challenging. I will have to revert to my Eos's help from now on.

Thanks for popping by.
More to come... soon. Tomorrow is another "no school" day.

Monday, 9 November 2009

One week gone...way too quickly.

It is a certainty, when "no school" days come round, my days begin to turn in very strange circles indeed. (I'm sure all you working mums can totally relate)
The result: weird working hours and very little time for my "puter" and all things cyberly connected.
To cut a long week short: it was a great success on the art front. First three Christmas commissions approved and delivered safely (woot !), new orders come in (2x woot!), went to a great vernissage and have a diminishing stock of Christmas cards.
On the "mummy" front: sadly, been dealing with 2 sickly kiddies with sore tummies and grumpy dispositions.
Nursed, loved and entertained them as best I could. Seems to have done the trick: they're back at school and up to all sorts of tricks.

With "normality" returned my pencils have been actively scribbling. Very happy indeed to be able to catch up on lost time.

In fact, have been working on Hurricane's portrait (visual up-date tomorrow) with a very appropriate "A great day for Freedom" by Pink Floyd in the background.
Half my life since the wall came down ...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Winter cards made from "Snow"



Nothing like the present to think about the future, the not so distant future: winter and Christmas.
Vision: create a card not too ornate with the whole Christmas theme but still totally at home under a Christmas tree...
"Snow" was ideal.
This is a drawing a did last year from a reference by fellow artist Donna Ridgway. She lives in Montana and never leaves the house without her camera. What exactly made her leave her warm cosy house on that snow blizzard day is a mystery... However, she captured shots only my imagination would ever see. Thank you.

"Snow"
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

250 Euros

One of my bullet points (now ticked) on the "to-do-list": Christmas cards. Took it a wee step further and created winter cards.
Ideal for the entire winter .

They have been printed on great quality Strathmore white Deckel card (acid free, 5"x 6 7/8" (12.7 x 17.4 cm)) with matching envelopes.
Deliberately left blank inside with made to measure packaging designed for that all important finishing touch.
The look: tastefully & classic.

A limited stock is available.
The note cards come as a set of 6 (20$/ 15 Euros) or as a single card (4.20$/3 Euros).



Be the first to get your winter cheers out in style by purchasing your own either directly through me ( info@sheonahamiltongrant.com) or through my Etsy store.



The most beautiful simple way to send a sunny smile, a warm hug or blow a Christmas kiss.