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In the style of… Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Lake Taupo – graphite and charcoal, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Lake Taupo – graphite and charcoal, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Lake Taupo, 2013

Lake Taupo, 2013

Today’s In the style of… drawing was an excuse to test my Derwent tinted charcoal pencils. Some of the colours are VERY similar (especially the darker tints) but they do have lovely names: Driftwood, Glowing Embers, Ocean Deep, Sunset Pink). I wonder how they’d respond to water…

Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Nancy Ekholm Burkert – illustrations from James and the Giant Peach Images from http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.co.nz

Nancy Ekholm Burkert – illustrations from James and the Giant Peach
Images from http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.co.nz

Roald Dahl’s classic story James and the Giant Peach has been illustrated a number of times. The original illustrations (and possibly my favourites) were by Nancy Ekholm Burkert in 1961.

In the style of… appears occasionally instead of my regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I’m drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently.

Self-portrait in charcoal

Charcoal self-portrait – semi-blind drawing, 320 x 280 mm, 2011.

I learnt to draw the Danny Gregory way — slowly and deliberately with a pen. No pencil. No eraser. Mediums like graphite and charcoal really throw me now. This preliminary sketch is a semi-blind drawing (that’s where you spend most of your time looking at the subject, NOT the paper).

Charcoal self-portrait – charcoal on paper, 380 x 280 mm, 2011.

Charcoal self-portrait – charcoal on paper, 380 x 280 mm, 2011.

I persevered with the exercise and ended up with a self-portrait that I quite like. It is based on a photo of me when I was a young ballerina.