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J D Hillberry
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
Update :
I've now offer Realistic Drawing Tutorials for people that are unable to attend my live drawing workshops. You can go here for more info:

Drawing Tutorials

Also, if you sign up on my email list on my website, you can get a notification of new tutorials as they become available.
Thanks so much for everyone's interest in my work.

Artist's Statement:
"Like most artists, I have a need to communicate pictorially rather than with words. Although I try to push the limits of realism in a black and white medium, simply imitating reality isn't my primary goal. I use the technical skills I have developed to tell a story or evoke an emotion. I feel I've successfully communicated with someone when they identify with the essence of a particular piece, and it brings about new thoughts or feelings."

About the Artist:
A natural ability and strong desire to draw surfaced early in J. D. Hillberry's life. While growing up in Wyoming, he began developing his own techniques of blending charcoal and graphite to give a photo realistic look to his drawings. J. D. uses this monochromatic medium to focus the viewer's attention to the drama of light, shadow, and texture without the added influence of color. Throughout his career, He has tried to push the limits of realistic expression with drawing. After moving to Colorado in 1989, Hillberry began experimenting with trompe l'oeil drawings. Traditionally, this type of artwork is done with oils, but he has successfully rendered images so realistically, they fool the eye into thinking that real objects are displayed in a shadow box frame.

Mr. Hillberry has been a professional artist for over 22 years. In that time he has become one of the most well known and respected artists in his field. He has also become known for his willingness to share his techniques. His book “Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil” has sold over 60,000 copies and has become a "must have" drawing instruction book used by art students worldwide. J. D. also conducts drawing workshops that draw students to Colorado from coast to coast as well as Europe and Canada. Through his classes and exhibitions, J. D. Hillberry continues to expand the public's perception of realism in drawing.
I had some great news this week I'd like to share. One of my newer trompe l'oeil pencil drawings just received some great recognition. My drawing entitled "Fooled" was selected as a finalist Art Renewal Center 2011-12 Salon competition. And, it was also selected to be featured in Strokes of Genius 5 Drawing Competition publication.  Click on the to see a larger version of the drawing and some close-up details.


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GregHodge Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Happy birthday!
vinzdream2006 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
happy B-day ;)
bokugakowai Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :)
Jumbled-Journi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
GregHodge Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Happy birthday!
WhollyJeff Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Glad to have a reason for visiting your galleries again. I still think your work is among the most inspiring on dA.
Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
happy birthday :party:
Liekkii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :party:
B-Richards Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy up and coming birthday my friend...
s-viv Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is so fantastically awesome! I found you on YouTube,and I find your videos really I have only been drawing for a few months, so I think it might take me 30 more years to reach a level you are at...if that's possible even.. Congrats on being a self-taught artist, I don't think school and classes are needed for everyone to be successful at art.
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