Powerful, Dominant…Wounded Tiger – Charcoal Drawing

July 28, 2009

Not long after the Monte Casino (South Africa – Johannesburg) opened, we had Dion’s work exhibited in one of the galleries there. One Saturday evening we got a call from the gallery to tell us our Tiger had been shot. Literally. There was a hold-up and bullets fired, and the Tiger was hit by a random bullet. (Thankfully no one was hurt)
The bullet hole sits neatly in the Tiger’s neck as if shot by a hunter.
Life in the Urban Jungle they say.

Wounded Tiger

Wounded Tiger

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Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture – Charcoal Drawing

July 16, 2009

Dion says: “I love the form, shape and simplicity of the work. How light plays off on the shapes. The black stone compliments the light and visa versa.
What I love about the zimbabweian people that create such stunning work is that they are very simple people who live day to day.”

Charcoal Drawing - Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture

Charcoal Drawing - Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture

I watched Dion create this one. Was very interesting for me as it’s the first time he has tackled a subject matter like this.

The paper he used was also different, had a slight rough texture which gives it the rough edge to it.  This was also the first time he tried out a Carbon Pencil recommended by Marsha Robinett and he enjoyed the crisp and control that he had on the line of the pencil without the shine that a graphite pencil gives.

Would love to hear what you think? Please feel free to leave a comment 🙂


Aged to Perfection – Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant

July 13, 2009

Dion says: “This elephant was a fantastic challenge especially working in every wrinkle on his trunk. The medium I prefer using is an extemely sharp charcoal pencil, which gets the effect of the surealism desired. I do not smudge, the whole picture is made up of seperate strokes, line by line. I love to create light among the shadows.”

Charcoal drawing of an African Elephant

Charcoal drawing of an African Elephant


A new revelation for me as the wife of an artist

July 10, 2009

Dion and I were just talking about the joy of being able to draw something beautiful and unique and give it back to the world.
We have been running a design and advertising business and that has been our main source of income.
I know that most husbands and dad’s would like to know that their families are well provided for, should our Heavenly Father take them home, and it can’t be an easy job. Dion is our sole provider in the family and he has been incredible at taking this responsiblity extremely seriously. I see us growing old together comparing our wrinkly knee caps at 80 something! As we were chatting, I suddenly realised that Dion is creating a legacy to leave behind one day. Should he go home to be with our Heavenly Father just before me or the boys, he will always be a vital part of our lives, and will always be providing for us simply because of the vital tools I am learning now (not to mention his stunning artwork)

Thank you sweetheart, you are a perfect gift for me.


Charcoal Drawing of Child

July 10, 2009

Delightful! Dion does take all the photo’s and you should see how many he needs to take to get the one perfect shot. Children are wonderful, they really keep us entertained, especially in photo shoots!

Portrait artwork, charcoal drawing

Portrait artwork, charcoal drawing


The Wise One – Charcoal Drawing

July 9, 2009

A beautiful dominant animal. An African Elephant. I think our elephants are gorgeous, with their huge ears and massive tusks. One of Dion’s trademarks is playing with circles place playfully here and there.

Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant

Charcoal Drawing of an African Elephant


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Bird Study Inspired by Twitter

July 7, 2009

This little bird came about when his web developer that he works with (Thank you, Hugo!) suggested Dion needs to start tweeting, so he had a little fun with the Twitter Bird and this was the result. If you click on the image, it will take you to the site where the work is being sold. More work will be uploaded soon!

Tweeting!

Tweeting!