For about half of the paintings I create, I begin by drawing a detailed pencil sketch.
My favorite subject to draw is beautiful women. And demons…let’s not forget demons.
During the painting process, often many of the subtle pencil textures are lost. Paint flows atop soft pencil strokes, hiding much of what once existed.
For this reason, I like to photograph my sketches before I begin painting atop them. The original sketches are almost separate pieces, and I cherish them as much as I do the finished product.
So here we go…
Every pencil sketch I’ve photographed in the last 12 months…
Dreaming of Vengeance
Throne of the Dead
Lost in the Machine
Beauty and the Blade
Fury and the Angel
Mother of Midnight
Ashes for Ande
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J Edward Neill
We’ve recently ended our long-standing Thought for Every Thursday series.
It may one day make its return.
But for now, please enjoy the latest installation of Thursday Art Assault…
For my latest round of short stories, I’ve decided to sketch my own cover art.
It’s a challenge.
…and I love it.
This next piece is a sequel to this.
Here’s a quick progression:
Nadya – or at least half of her. I started with strictly pencils, sketching her face on a huge sheet of watercolor paper. Surprise, surprise….watercolor paper is excellent media for fine pencil sketches, especially realistic pieces.
I used a blend of charcoal, graphite, and dark pencil lead to deepen Nadya’s eyes and hair. Here’s my arsenal….
Nadya, the Deathless is a character in the novel Hollow Empire.
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J Edward Neill
Painter of shadows