There are 2 new "Elvis in Charcoal" books! And of course The first volume from 2013 is still available. - Volume 1, hardcover, all the weekly drawings from 2013 - Volume 2, hardcover, all the weekly drawings from 2014 and 2015 - Volume 1&2, paperback, both hardcover volumes combined. You can order the books at my blurb store
This is an assignment from an Elvis fan in the USA. The eyes of Elvis and the eyes of her grandson.
The drawing is made with colored pencils and has arrived in the USA today!
I have used the Elvis reference photo twice before, the first one you'll find here and the second one here.
In this post I like to tell a little bit about how the Elvis in Charcoal drawings are made.
First of all I'm going to look for a suitable photo. I like to pick photo's that are not too well known.
I do use Photoshop but only to adjust the levels so I can see some more in the darker or lighter parts of the photo and to zoom in on the small details. I never print them out, that's only a waste of paper and toner :-)
The materials I use are:
Colored paper, Canson or Lana Colours
Charcoal pencils in Black and White
White Pastel pencil
Black Koh-I-Noor "Gioconda" pencils
Brushes in different sizes
Different types of erasures
The first step is to draw al the features on the right pace and in the right size with a normal pencil, I'll continue with this step until the face looks like the face of Elvis.
Then I'm blocking in the highlights with the White Charcoal pencil.
Blocking in of the highlights
Next I start with putting the shadows and other dark tones.
Defining Shadows and other darks
I continue working on the darker tones and add some details. It now starts to look like Elvis :-)
The hair has to wait, I draw that when I'm finished with the face.
Continue working Shadows and other darks
Tomorrow part two, redefining the highlights, shadows and midtones and adding more detail.
In between all the commissions, the struggle with the white pencil on
black paper and the waiting for the paint to dry on my "cut-out Elvis" I
felt like doing a Elvis in Charcoal I wanted to do for a long time. The next one is going to be "the kiss" from the same photoshoot.
I had plannedto postsomethingat leastonce a weekon this blog. But since last year november things are going very well. Almost every Elvis in Charcoal drawing i made is sold. And thanks to Facebook I've got a list of assignments! The drawings are doing very well in the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.
One of my major goals is to have one of my Elvis drawings in all the 50 states of the USA :-) I've send my work to the following states so far; • Alabama • Arizona • California • Connecticut • Florida • Hawaii • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Maine • Maryland • Massachusets • Michigan • Mississippi • Montana • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Virginia • Washington • Wisconsin
Only 22 to go...
On the image above you see Elvis in Charcoal no. 53 through 64.
You'll find bigger images of the drawings on mysite, www.elvis-art.com
I've been thinking about this for a while. A cut-out Elvis painting. I start with one but maybe more are going to follow...
I bought the cheapest fretsaw i could find. That wasn't verry succesful, every two minutes the blade broke. After a couple of hours I went on-line to buy a more expensive one. After that everything went smoothly.
Today I finished with all the layers of Gesso. Tomorrow I need to do some sanding to get a smooth surface. And then the fun can begin...