I produce fine graphite portraiture created from your personal photographs. I rely on a variety of techniques utilizing an array of pencils to capture the realism you desire. (Please take note that all prices of original portraits shown is the fee charged for a similar commissioned work with the exact size and number of subjects. The works in my gallery are all of previous commissions, and are not for sale. If you have any questions, please refer to my website, or e-mail me.)
Biography: I began drawing around the age of 10. I remember taking great pride in the fact that my pictures were "above average" compared to other kids my age. While attending Junior High I started reading books about illustration, and it was at this point when I realized that art would play a prominent role in my future. In High School I began art classes and my interest in drawing matured. It was here that my art teacher showed me how much could be obtained with pencils. His attention to detail was far beyond anything I had seen before, and from this point on pencil has been my primary medium. I attended formal training at Memphis College Of Art and University Of Memphis; majoring in graphic design and illustration. The years spent there exposed me to a full spectrum of the art world. I was given the opportunity to study a wide variety of techniques pertaining to both fine and commercial art. During this time I began drawing caracatures and explored the use of colored pencils. The next stage of my "development as an artist" came with years working in the Photo Lab business. I used my pencil skills and fine-tuned my attention to detail by doing photo-enhancement techniques like print correction, negative retouching and photo restoration. During this time I had the opportunity to work with many brilliant portrait photographers who opened my eyes to new ways of lighting, the use of shadows, and composition. I try to incorporate these skills into my portraits.
Country: United States
Site: J. Cothren Arts
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