This is our son ANDREW BELLE and the band he formed to tour with. Bottom left to right - Sam Gregg (guitar), Dustin (keys), Dan (Base), Graham (drums) and Andrew (guitar and vocals -upper left)
While he was showcasing at SxSW in Austin Texas last March, he was asked to cut loose and make this video, of he and his band goofing off and dressing in strange vintage clothes while singing his song REACH. Funny and Awesome! Watch that HERE: [link]
Also, while at SxSW they made a video of his hit song "THE LADDER" while in "THE JOHN LENNON BUS". He took 1st place with this song in their "John Lennon Song Writing Competition" for POP category. Watch that clip HERE: [link]
This is a very special drawing. You have probably noticed that the guy to the left is Roger Moore (James Bond) and now you wonder who the guy to the right is, right?
Well.... This was a special commission work ordered by a friend of mine. She wanted me to draw her boyfriend next to his biggest idol Roger Moore. She gave me two pictures to work with. One with Roger and one with her boyfriend, Martin.
I made some sketches and after a while I came up with the idea of making them sitting next to each other, bonding, having a laugh and a nice time together.
On this picture I wanted it to look like this moment actually happened and in the same time I didn't want the picture to show too much of what is happening. That is why I did not make any background or anything else but a light tone of gray. My whole point with this was to make the viewer, and especially Martin himself to imagine what they are doing in this picture.
I finished this drawing a month ago but I had to wait until Martin recieved it before posting it on to here. Martin was very very happy with it and so was I.
This drawing is the most interresting portrait I ever made and I hope I will be able to make somthing like this another day soon.
Graphite pencils on white smooth paper
Size: A3: 30x42 cm
Mechanical pencils: 0,5 mm H, HB, 2B, 4B 0,3 mm HB
Kneaded eraser Blending sticks A brush for the background
Time: 30 hours
I only have a few pictures on how I made it. If you want I could post some of them.
I've been wanting to draw Vince for over a year, but never found a photo that made me say, wow! This was kind of a simple one for me, in that there is not a lot of details, so most of the time was spent drawing his eyes, and trying to match the tonal values, which I felt had a nice range.
It had some blurry areas, so the focal point is his eyes.
When I look for a reference photo, I look for the following: 1) High Resolution 2) Wide Range of Tonal Values 3) High Contrast 4) Expression 5) Subject 6) Level of Details 7) Degree of Difficulty
The original photo had a completely white background, so I thought there would be more contrast if I darkened it just above his shoulders? That way there was dark next to his white shirt, but I faded it as I went up, so that it left a nice contrast between his dark hair and a white background? I actually tested this background by drawing on the reference photo, which I always print on Matt Presentation paper, so it reacts well to graphite.
TIME: about 4 or 5 hours (half as much time as usual) SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
My fav Kevin Spacey movie is probably "Pay it Forward".
Yeah I know, the shirt sucks. It was out of focus in the photo and I did not feel like spending any more time on this one. The day I can give 100% all the way through a drawing is the day I will produce my best work
This 400 pixel wide view (enlarged) is the EXACT size of the original drawing.
To: Anyone who reads this that has links to John Mayer, Id REALLY appreciate it
Hi! My name is Savannah Bridges. I know this is probably going to sound crazy but I was at the John Mayer Houston show on March 6,2010. I was on the very front row because I did the Auction/ tickets for charity thing, and I had a drawing with me, of John Mayer and I was trying to give it to him at the very end but couldnt quite reach(He bent down and gave me his pick though). After the show I was talking to the video guy and this other guy on the JM staff and showed him and he said he would try to give it to John.... I know it probably didnt happen, but I was just wondering if anyone knew? Sorry for bothering you. Thank you so much for your time
-(If John does happen to read this)- I just want you to know how much your music and lyrics have inspired me, in many many ways. Through my art, my poetry, my photography, and my songwriting. I know your music has had influence over many peoples brokenhearts and made them feel a sense of relief in ways. You truly don't know how much of a leader and a role model you are to me. That Houston show was the best night of my life and I will never forget it. I know I probably just sound like every other fan but I mean what I say. I really really hope you got that drawing, not so that I get anything in return, but just because I want you to know that all the work you are doing really is changing people's lives, as you did mine. I can't thank you enough, I just pray that you got it. Thank you so much and I'll always love ya! Oh and I wrote this song for you(I know its nothing compared to your lyrics but you have inspired me to write)
Baby, when it's rainin' outside All I wanna do is hide Under the covers with you Trying to uncover the truth I can tell you everything How my love will be neverending When you ask me "What do you see? Deep deep down inside of me?"
Perfect imperfections, baby, Thats what I love most lately, You've been driving me crazy, Perfect imperfections.
It's your hour-long goodbyes, Your unintentional sighs You stay so worked up even after You find out it didn't matter, You think I can read your mind It's hard for you to decide sometimes, Always some secret, you confess, Angel you are, a beautiful mess
Perfect imperfections, baby, That's what I love most, lately You've been driving me crazy, Perfect imperfections. Perfect imperfections baby, That's what I love most, lately You've been driving me crazy, Perfect imperfections.
This is my love, my idol, my future husband, John Clayton Mayer. I was bored one day and I was like, "Hey, let's draw someone REAL for once." But teh Internetz wasn't working so I picked a picture I had already saved to my computer: [link]
Sorry for the tinyness of the image - my scanner wasn't working either. LOL
Time: 2 hours? Tools: 0.7 mechanical pencil, PS CS3 for contrast. Music while Working (all by John, of course): Why Did You Mess With Forever, Love Soon, Man on the Side, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (Acoustic), Another Kind of Green
NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is EXACT SIZE of the drawing
I found a photo of Ryan Gosling and George Clooney combined. Ryan is holding a folded TIME magazine over 1/2 of his face with Clooney on the other side. I have not seen the movie yet, but want to.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year! I've been SO busy with moving, work etc that this is the first drawing I've down in almost 2 months. Now that we are settled, and winter is setting in, I hope to be drawing a lot more!
SIZE: 6.5 x 8 inches PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series by Strathmore PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H TIME: about 10 hours