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


Commissioned Charcoal Drawing of a Child

August 13, 2009

There is something really special about children, especially their young eyes.  An innocent light behind the eyes, full of joy, expection, hope and excitement.  In my next post, I’ll put up a portrait that Dion did of an adult man.  Look carefully at the difference. In this first portrait that Dion did of Kent, he captures the lightness & joy of childhood innocence.  Watch the difference behind the eyes of the adult, wisdom, life challenges, trials, times of joy & laughter, sadness and tears.  Will be posting the adult portrait soon, please come back to see, or click on the RSS feed to keep up to date with new entries.

Charcoal Portrait of a Child


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


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!