Here are a series of pictures at different stages of finish. The first picture shows the initial stage where the paper is toned using graphite powder and the drawing starts to take shape. In this type of drawing, I try to use erasers as little as I can. Although I do use a kneaded eraser to emphasize highlights, all of the lighter planes are made using either soft paper tissue, cotton cloth or chamois leather cloth.

The hair surrounding the face was done using the "ebony" pencil made by "Prismacolor". This is the darkest black in graphite. Darker than 9B! I needed to see how the tones in the face look against the surrounding black of the hair.

The tonal values of the face is further developed using a chamois leather cloth to take away and "lead holders" to add on. Lead holders (or mechanical pencils) are IMHO cleaner and much easier to manage. A range of leads from 4H to 6B are available. For the fine highlight detail an eraser called "Tuff Stuff" is used. This is an eraser that can be sharpened like the point of a pencil using a sandpaper strip.

Next I start to work on the hair. The blacks are developed in layers of increasing darkness.

Highlights in the hair are developed with the eraser.

The complex layering of light and dark areas of the hair was kinda confusing :)

Then I start to work on the scarf and coat textures.

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Comment by JAYAPRAKASH P V on October 26, 2012 at 9:02am

where we can get all these art material stuffs which you using..?

Comment by JAYAPRAKASH P V on October 26, 2012 at 9:02am

hi... Jay Sir... I want to be your student... do you conduct any weakend classes at bangalore??

Comment by Jay Varma on September 20, 2012 at 1:16am

Thank you very much Will! You mean her name as part of the pattern? :)  By the way, great to see you here!

Comment by Will Dickinson on September 18, 2012 at 5:50pm

Awesome progress. I forgot about the pattern on her shirt and the hair, excellent!

Comment by Spoorthy Murali on April 28, 2012 at 1:13am

Incredible work!! 

Comment by Jay Varma on April 27, 2012 at 10:04am

Thank you Rubeena, for your wonderful compliments! And if you managed to pick up some stuff, by all means use it. :)

Comment by Rubeena M S on April 24, 2012 at 11:16am

i really have no words to describe this work .... its simply WOW!!!! I can now apply some of these techniques on my works ... thank u :)

Comment by Jay Varma on April 20, 2012 at 8:10am

Yes Dinesh, one never really stops learning to draw or paint and that's not a bad thing. There are several ways to approach a drawing and several techniques. Usually you start drawing with an idea or from real life just as you said but the level of finish is up to you. If one is passionate about drawing, its never hard work-its always a pleasure. This is a technique I picked up from an artist in Philadelphia and I have improvised on it. Thanks v much for your appreciation Dinesh and Asha!

Comment by Din Toon on April 18, 2012 at 2:08pm

Wow, didn't realize there was SO much 'behind the scenes' work involved, as it were! Always thought every pencil drawing was simpy taking a pencil and drawing on paper, with the occasional erasures thrown in :P Thanks for sharing this fascinating process, Jay. Really helps understand the hard work involved, as well as highlighting new ways of rendering a drawing. The creative art of drawing never stops throwing surprises at you, at any stage of one's development :)

Comment by Jay Varma on April 10, 2012 at 9:24pm

You're welcome Akhila, Vidhu, thanks Rashmi and Muralidharan



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