Pencil Artists – Who’s your inspiration?
Pencil Artist inspiration.. Here are a few artists I have selected that give me the push to go the extra mile..
Dirk Dzimirsky – my artist inspiration
I follow a few artists, both pencil and paint experts.. One of my favourites being Dirk Dzimirsky, whom I met and attended a 4 day drawing course with in Germany. He’s such a down to earth guy and so talented. Working on both canvas and paper, some in pencil, some in paint, Dirk’s art is of a very large scale, and there were several unfinished projects on the wall, he likes to draw, put them aside and revisit when necessary. His detail is extraordinary, and his layers of graphite are so smooth. His work can be seen here: (not for the faint hearted..!).
Dirk photographs his own subjects, and in his words ‘A melancholy but also partly sentimental view pervades my images of human beings, carried by an enigmatic and often ominous mood. Through an exaggerated, surreal light setting and the emphasis on midrange values I want to create a distinct atmosphere in which my characters seem to be caught up in the artificial reality of dreams. Throughout my large scale paintings and small drawings, often the figures stare with frozen gazes at the viewer, making him feel as if he had just opened a door in a feverish dream, and where he finds himself now confronted with this implied scene.” He’s the artist that gives me most inspiration..
Having seen his work around 4 years ago, I decided this is what I wanted to aim for. Mainly producing pencil art portraits, Kelvin is a master at his craft. He tends to use graphite 90% of the time, occasionally dabbling in subtle colours. Drawing in large scales, around A1 size (84cm x 59cm) over a period of about 100 hours, the depth and details of every pore of skin can be seen so clearly, going beyond what a photograph can produce in some instances.
Kelvin’s website showcases a lot of his astounding art:
Diego Koi is an Italian artist, producing pencil art in large scales. Mainly portraits but with a sense of mystery and sometimes eery.. The subjects and poses are very interesting, something I’d like to take with me on my journey to produce better art.
I received a hyper-realism book which showcased the best hyper-realistic artists in the world. This artist caught me straight away. Pedro’s subjects were so simple yet the detail meant you just couldn’t see it was a painting. Truly mind blowing work. The art and paintings he produces are generally of glass objects filled with sweets, cans of drink in plastic bags, marbles.. Simple and possibly boring subjects? Certainly not, the fact that every drop of condensation is mimicked with bags clinging to the can’s surface, shows the next level of hyper-realism…