August 4, 2009
Although Dion specializes in Charcoal, he has had days of having fun experimenting with color, and breaking the rules by mixing mediums. With this Horn-bill, Dion played around with the colors, making the piece bright and colorful! Also, while he uses watercolor, he enjoys making the paint thick so as to actually not have the effect of watery, thus, although defeating the object of watery watercolors, he has created a stunning effect here!
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
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.
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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
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
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