Graphite Pencil Art

My first love in the world of art is graphite pencil.  There is something awesome in learning how to capture textures, colors, and incredible detail in the blacks and soft grays that are characteristic of graphite pencil art.  It is truly "Painting with Pencils".

This is not a complete collection of my work but only my most treasured favorites that I have photographed and posted for your enjoyment along with a little tidbit about their history.  Be sure to come back and visit this page to see new pieces as they are created and make their appearance here. 

If you are interested in having an artistic rendering of a photograph commissioned, please check out the Photo-to-Art page for details and examples of work I have recently completed.

š Iraqi Hope

This is my most recent graphite pencil work.  It is the picture of a little Iraqi girl taken by an American soldier during a tour in Iraq.

This picture captivated me with its many challenges of textures, the headscarf in particular.

Why "Iraqi Hope"?  I was stunned by the glow in this little girl's eyes even after all that she most likely has seen and lived through.  Look into her eyes and know you are looking into the future of Iraq.  There is hope there.

š Meine Schwester

This picture is a portrait of my older sister, hence the title in German, " M y Sister." 

I was inspired to draw this by the interesting lighting, especially the light shining through the hoop earring and casting the shadow on her face. 

The hair also presented some interesting challenges, being partially drawn in with pencil and erased out with eraser.

š A Grandmother's Prayer

I was hired to help at a friend's daughter's wedding.  Anticipating the chance of subjects to draw, I took my camera with me.  As it turned out, I was correct.

This picture was a challenge and a joy to work on.  I love drawing seniors due to the immense character there always is in their faces.  

The jacket and corsage gave the picture some interesting texture and beauty.  Baby's breath is an interesting flower to draw in black and whites.

š A Master's Touch

My very first portrait that was scanned and
made into prints.  This picture is of a well-known fiddler by the name of Hank Dawson.  I had the privilege of hearing him play at a local fund raiser and snapped this picture of him during the performance.

I titled it "A Master's Touch" because of the serious concentration, controlled hands, and yet somehow relaxed posture I saw in the finished drawing.