Saturday, May 10, 2008

Fun with a Pencil

Todays title is actually the title of a Andrew Loomis art instruction book but the sketch today was inspired by illustrator Robert McGinnis. I'm not an expert of his work, I have been aware of it for years though. Recently I have been collecting his book cover images to use as my desktop. The women he painted were always strong, cool, sultry and sexy. But it is the strength I think is sexy. The women looked tough as nails in so many covers I have seen. Even when playing the seductress. If you are not familiar with his work, goggle his name and look at the images you find. You won't be sorry. Todays piece was done in pencil in my sketchbook. With a whole lot of rubbing my fingers over the graphite and then lifting the highlights with a kneaded erasure. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. :) 


Bloggin' StarLady's Studio said...

I ABSOLUTELY love her. I love rubbing effect you did. It is awesome!

Royce Thrower said...

The rubbing effect/finger blending is very effective. I love the way this one turned out. It is amazing how the simplest of all tools...the finger in this case, can be wonderful "brushes" to provide spectacular results.

Nice Gene, nice!

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Hi Gene,

As always, love the work! Not familiar with the work of McGinnis, so I have to Google the name as you suggested.

Question, can you do the same rubbing effect with colored pencils? If so, is there a certain type/brand that the blending effects works best with?


Gene Gonzales said...

Starlady: Thanks for commenting!

Royce: Thanks. Sometimes you don't need to have all the bells and whistles.

Gary: I think you will like McGinnis' work. Phil Noto is an artist who's work exhibits a very big McGinnis influence. As far as the colored pencils getting the same rubbing effect, I don't know. Some can smear, but I haven't tried to do this same effect. Something to try. Hmmmm. Thanks for your thoughts on this.