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Confessions Of A Pencil Pusher

Updated on September 23, 2014

The Pencil Pusher

Yes, I am a pencil pusher. I push lead across paper, cardboard, wood, cloth, anything that will leave a mark. In fact, making the mark is part of the addiction.

Pushing a pencil across a rough grained surface like 140 pound water color paper makes a shoe shuffling noice that is subtle, yet relaxing to me, although it often does not begin that way.

My drawing tools include colored pencils, water color pencils, ebony, chalk, paint, inks, or pastels. It depends on the subject, what I see, and how my mind interprets the scene and how it will be played out.


How The Cycle Begins

More often than not, my drive usually begins with a photograph of someone or something that inspires me to move. The movement stirs my minds eye, and sparks my senses to egnition. The combustion from that spark places my mind into overdrive, and it goes on from there.

I am my own worst critic.

40 Colored Pencils

One Photo Drawn Four Times
One Photo Drawn Four Times

The Purpose Of The Push

Sometimes my mind sees one thing, and my hands do another. Sometimes it works out well, other times I am not satisfied, and draw the same subject multiple times in various ways until I get the desired effect.

It is an effort to connect the dots between one's hand and one's mind to produce a product that is not only worthy of viewing, but worthy of sharing.

The Package

This is an example of a portrait package prepared for my friend in Japan.  Yukari is a world traveler, and  model.
This is an example of a portrait package prepared for my friend in Japan. Yukari is a world traveler, and model. | Source

The Package

My condition goes beyond simply drawing the picture or portrait. I carry it over into my package. Each of my original works of art is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. Smaller prints of the original are hand embellished for use as personal tags, cards, notes, or ephemera that would be incorporated into the contents of my giftwrapped art package.

This is a portrait package made for my artist friends in California, Rochelle and Kimberly.
This is a portrait package made for my artist friends in California, Rochelle and Kimberly.

The Art Of Fluidity

More often than not, my art revolves around the different types of stock I use. For example, a smooth paper will provide the pencil with an easy-glide surface allowing for an easy blend of color. A rough, textured paper involves my pushing the pencil into the surface until it is almost an embossed effect. Cardboard, depending on its color, involves manipulating the pencils in such a way that the lead grooves the image into the the stock as a base for layering colors.

Drawing With Watercolor Pencils

Drawing With Watercolor Pencils
Drawing With Watercolor Pencils

The Painter vs The Pencil Pusher

My mind processes a photo beyond what it is. The above photo is something I did for a fellow artist. It is a portrait of her daughter with first born son. The above illustration was composed with watercilor pencils. One can achieve an etherial effect, and depending on the stock, the tools, and the technique, the final result can range from real to surreal.

Are you a pencil pusher, too?

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    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      Yes I am a pencil pusher too! Also a paint splasher and metal pounder. Great article!

    • Charlino99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonie Cook 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit my hub. You have no idea how much you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am in awe of those who have this sort of artistic ability. I'm a stick man myself, and not particularly proud of it. :) Beautiful work!


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