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Artist Profile: J.D. Hillberry

Updated on July 18, 2012

Master of Ultra Realistic Texture Drawings

J.D. Hillberry is a multi-talented artist, art instructor, and book author who has been working for over 20 years producing high contrast art pieces. His stunning pencil and graphite portraits have been seen by millions. He teaches workshops and has a book available that demonstrates his techniques.

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil (65,000 copies sold!) is one of my favorite books, so when I saw J.D.'s videos, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to feature his art here on Squidoo. Of note - the rips, tears, nails, screws, and masking tape you'll see in his artwork are NOT real, they are DRAWINGS! So enjoy!

J.D. Hillberry is an ENTIRELY SELF TAUGHT artist!

J.D. Hillberry on his art and techniques

J.D. Hillberry explains how he got started drawing and how he developed his techniques.

Graphite Pencil Drawings You Won't Believe

J.D. explains how he uses charcoal, graphite, and carbon pencils to obtain various values.

The Essential J.D. Hillberry Link List

I mean, if you are gonna stalk an artist, do it right. Just kidding, please never stalk anyone. This was just a joke. Sheesh.

Drawing Realistic Textures in PencilI love this book, because J.D. Hillberry explains how to do each technique in an easy to understand manner. It has helped my own drawings tremendously, but I admit -- I often just enjoy looking at this book and marveling at the textures. There is so much more to reach for in our skills and I am thankful that he has the gift of being able to share his techniques. Some artists can DO but they can't (or won't) teach, but J.D. does both.

To learn more or to purchase, see:

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil

J.D. Hillberry's Drawing Workshops

J.D. Hillberry offers drawing technique workshops around the country. Soon, he'll be offering video workshops too, so you can learn to draw in your own home. See his YouTube channel for updates on the video workshops.

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      tony-orcutt-1 3 years ago

      Hey JD, I was just wondering who some of the artists are that you used to draw inspiration from before you found your own niche? My main 2 inspirations in how I'd like to draw are you and Kelvin Okafor right now. I'd like to get an idea of what your lineage was on that. Thanks

      Tony Orcutt

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      tony-orcutt-1 3 years ago

      Lol. I guess I am kind of stalking you. Hey JD, I wanted to ask you who your inspirations in art were. Were there any artists that you drew inspiration from and kept that fire alive for you? I know my 2 favorite artists in this day and age are actually you and another fellow by the name of Kelvin Okafor. Your styles and precision appeal to me. Its how I aspire for my work to come across, but I don't want to stop there. I would like to be original in a sense. I believe in a way its impossible to be completely original even if you try to be because your collection of ideas and influences even inspire your works from inside your head. What I aim to do is bring maybe a genre that has been ignored back to life with my drawings. Photo realism is fun to me, but I really love how you are able to put your own spin on ideas. I am starting college for it this summer, but I was wondering if you had any advice that could help lead me to become a great artist. I know that you must work hard at marketing. I learned that from you, but your work must also first be great enough to deserve a following. You can't promote junk and expect people to want it.

      Tony Orcutt

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for stalking me! I appreciate you putting up this page.