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A pastel drawing of a young gorilla.

My approach to a drawing is to use pastels to lightly paint a loose impression of the subject on the paper surface. I then spend many hours creating and embellishing the details as needed with a combination of pastel pencils or coloured pencils.

The challenge with each piece is to show the viewer something of the life behind the image. To do this, I try to capture the play of light in the eyes and the sense of movement in the body. Slightly differing patterns of pencil marks can convey either an animal’s relaxed state or tension. 

The subject must “come to life” before I am satisfied and can call it complete. 

In this drawing, I wanted to convey the emotion in the young gorilla’s eyes using only white pastel on a black background.

Black and white artwork is sometimes considered simplistic. However, I find it a challenging medium that can reward effort by creating a more dramatic effect.

This artwork is sold unframed. I have included images to show how this piece can look framed and on a wall.

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Debra Spence

AUD$380
Size: 30w x 42h x .1d cms
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Pastel drawing of a gorilla on black pastel paper

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A pastel drawing of a young gorilla.

My approach to a drawing is to use pastels to lightly paint a loose impression of the subject on the paper surface. I then spend many hours creating and embellishing the details as needed with a combination of pastel pencils or coloured pencils.

The challenge with each piece is to show the viewer something of the life behind the image. To do this, I try to capture the play of light in the eyes and the sense of movement in the body. Slightly differing patterns of pencil marks can convey either an animal’s relaxed state or tension. 

The subject must “come to life” before I am satisfied and can call it complete. 

In this drawing, I wanted to convey the emotion in the young gorilla’s eyes using only white pastel on a black background.

Black and white artwork is sometimes considered simplistic. However, I find it a challenging medium that can reward effort by creating a more dramatic effect.

This artwork is sold unframed. I have included images to show how this piece can look framed and on a wall.

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