I’m always on the design of my illustration’Thoughful woman’ and after thinking about the main idea, now, I must start the drawing.
When you draw, form is the important thing. But in painting the first thing is to look for the general impression of color….. Always paint a direct sketch from nature every day”.
Jean-Léon Gérôme, via James Gurney’s book : ‘Color and light’.
After the pierre portrait (English name : Peter), I had another realistic portrait commission : Anne (french first name), a little girl. As the previous portrait, I realized it on A4 Bristol paper (8.3 inch X 11.7 inch) with graphite pencil. I made this portrait from a photo.
To draw does not simply mean to reproduce contours; the drawing does not simply consist in the idea; the drawing is even the expression, the interior form, the plan, the model. Look what remains after that! The drawing is three-fourths and a half of what constitutes painting. If I had to put a sign over the door of my atelier, I would write: School of Drawing…and I’m certain that I would create painters.
(‘Notes et pensées’ in « Ingres, sa vie, ses travaux, sa doctrine » by H. Delaborde, p.123, H. Plon, 1870)
For Chritmas, a person commissioned me a realistic drawing of a little boy portrait. His parents did’nt want to publish on the web his picture and his name , and I understand very well. We’ll call this boy….. Pierre (a french name).
This drawing realized with graphite pencil on A4 Bristol paper. I did this drawing from a photo sent by E-mail.
I didn’t want to mark too the traits for a young child. On the other hand, my scanner doesn’t make shadows finest and sometimes you feel that my traits stop net. I assure you, this is not the case.