About

I am a professional portrait artist working in graphite pencil. It is the perfect medium for me, as I like capturing fine details and I love the delicateness of a pencil portrait. I am motivated as a portrait artist by the happiness and comfort that a portrait of a loved one can bring. I also enjoy the challenge of capturing a likeness. 

Each drawing is made with a lot of love and attention to detail. I am fascinated by all the details which make up our unique features and expressions and strive to capture these endearing qualities in my work.

Furthermore, I am continually inspired by my beautiful surroundings in the seaside town of Hermanus, Western Cape, to create beauty of my own.

The Drawing Process

I find that for me, the secret to drawing accurately lies in constant, patient refinement. The process starts with a rough sketch, which I continually adjust until I am left with a neat outline. At this point I add some tone, starting with the darkest values. When drawing, I like to think and draw in shapes and continually search for shapes that make up form. From here I add the lighter tones and start with all the fine details that will eventually complete the portrait.

My Art Materials

I use both Faber-Castell's 9000 range of graphite pencils and Derwent's Graphic range, in grades HB-8B. Due to their ability to portray a subject in a less formal manner, but in beautiful detail, graphite pencils have always been my medium of choice. I do a lot of drawing, so I go through pencils very quickly. My Derwent pencil extender makes it possible for me to use the entire pencil.

I use two kinds of erasers, a Faber-Castell putty eraser, as well as my very handy Derwent battery eraser for detailed erasing, highlights or when necessary to bring back the white of the paper.

 

I draw on Daler-Rowney's Smooth Heavyweight Cartridge Paper 220 gsm, which I absolutely love. It's an acid-free paper, which ensures that your portrait does not yellow over time. 220 gsm is quite thick and prevents creasing. 

Testimonials

Lisa’s portrait captures her character and her lively eyes in a very prominent way. We absolutely adore the portrait because it is such a true reflection of who she is.

 

Dawn