Purity – Charcoal drawing (sleeping child)

September 11, 2009

I have had many of Dions fans send me messages asking me what medium and technique does he use, and how does he get such fine detail? He generally uses finely sharpened charcoal pencils, varying from soft to medium and hard. For more tips and help on charcoal, I highly recommend The Extraordinary Pencil by Marsha Robinett.

This work Dion did in 1992, it’s one of the first works I laid my eyes on when we met, I think it was love at first site 😉

Sleeping-Child - Charcoal Drawing

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Oil Portrait – Dion Raath

August 31, 2009

When Dion and I were dating for a while, we played around with a Minolta camera, having fun with working with the shadows and sitting in a spotlight.  Dion decided to paint an oil portrait from one of the best photo’s of us together and this now proudly hangs on my wall.

Oil Portrait


Charcoal drawing of a very interesting shop owner – George

August 18, 2009

I promised to upload a drawing that Dion did of an adult man to see the contrast of the innocense of a child versus the wisdom of life in an adult male. There is a lot going on behind those eyes.  What kind of a life has George had? Easy, difficult, sad, happy? Mixtures of all?  When Dion approached George with the intention of wanting to draw his beautiful daughter, he opted to rather have a portrait of himself. This has fascinated me for years. Why did he want one of himself, and not his daughter? Selfish? Pompous? I like to think that perhaps he wanted to leave a legacy for his daughter.. knowing that she would appreciate a portrait of her daddy to keep with her forever, than a mirror image of herself…

The portrait of a man


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!


Spotted Shadow

July 6, 2009

Beauty in the shadows. Dion draws every single line. He does not shade or “color in”. Spotted Shadow is full of mystery, regal and one very proud cat.

Spotted Shadow - Charcoal Drawing of a Cheetah

Spotted Shadow - Charcoal Drawing of a Cheetah

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