Josey  by Susan Bergstrom

2-19-2015…Just wanted to thank the Mystery Buyer today for their purchase of a greeting card of this work.
I haven’t been on Redbubble since our horrific house fire of 1-15-2015 where many of my original paintings and drawings were destroyed.
This work however did survive… and although over 60 original pieces of art work displayed here on Redbubble were declared a total loss, I will strive to restore many of them… out of the ashes as they say.
This work is dedicated to all of my students that use my work on Redbubble to help with their own journey in art.
Thanks again for viewing.

This is a Prismacolor Pencil, Pen and Ink and Pastel Pencil Drawing.
Drawn on card stock, acid free, smooth bonded, artist drawing paper.

Also shown are the steps I go through to achieve my drawings. This is for my art students that are using my RB site for study….and for all of you here at RB.

First: I draw a detailed graphite line drawing, I then go in and play in the shadows to ground the drawing. I tell my students to try and play in the shadows for as long a they can, grounding your drawing keeps everything in perspective.

Next: I head straight for the face…I feel if the face does not turn out…what is the point of doing the drawing.
I find many of my students will decide to go to other less demanding areas to start their portraits… then they suffer the anexity of composing the face and many times all of their hard work on the rest of their drawing is lost.

Start with the face and the rest is frosting!

*After I am satisfied with the face in its early blocking form… I now feel that I can start my way through the rest of the drawing. Going back into the shadows and grounding the rest of the portrait.
I continue on and tighten up the drawing and seal it… defining my colors, going in with the high-lights and lift..

Total drawing time for me with this piece was about 4 hours. Some drawings feel like they draw themselves, others can challenge everything I feel I know.
Josey was a joy to draw…

Thanks for viewing my art.

I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
To me, my art and photography is the best way to express what I see around me.
I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
I formed Elbow Canyon Fine Art & Photography Retreats several years ago to offer my students a unique one-on-one instruction.
Thanks for viewing my work

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 6 years ago

    I loved Clint Eastwood movies. Beautiful work, Susan. xo

  • Thanks so much Lori…glad you like it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Paul Albert
    Paul Albertalmost 6 years ago

    A wonderful rendering, and here I sat reverting to my early days with paint by numbers, although it was difficult to stay within the lines back then, so I’m smiling your work is admirable ! as well to add being of the over sixty group, lines are still a challenge, oh yes the character of the image comes first, then the Smile, your work warmly appreciated. paul

  • Thanks Paul…I appreciate your viewing my work!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • S .
    S .almost 6 years ago

    whoa !!!! cool !!! thanks for showing us the process of making it … i think that adds an extra dimension to this… it came out beautifully in the end … incredible work

  • Thanks!!! I appreciate your viewing and comment Shoaib!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Outdoors2
    Outdoors2almost 6 years ago

    Excellent drawing of Clint Susan and perfect choice of colors for the scenario.

    How right you are about the face. Although it has been years since I did any serious drawing, I recall several nudes that I drew and ended up putting a character face on because of the frustration in finishing.

  • …as I have a mantra in my classes for my students…start where you are the most uncomfortable…and it isn’t a face if you are true right brain…it is just shapes of colors laid next to each other…Thanks for viewing and your comment!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic! Can’t believe it only took you four hours!

  • That is usually about my time frame…I got very profecient (sp) when I was depending on my drawings to survive!!! Thanks for viewing Linda!!!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • davesdigis
    davesdigisalmost 6 years ago

    Love this one Susan………………As always your work is superb!!

    Clint should be very pleased with this work!! Most awesome!

  • LOL…Thanks Dave…I would hope so, but just so all of you and George like it is fine with me!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • bigg
    biggalmost 6 years ago

    WOW ! I just added 2 of these to my cart one for my dad. I will give it to him for fathers day. His name is George also . The first time I saw Josey wales Was with him . We still make quotes from the movie to one another from time to time . Maybe that is the reason it is my favorite western movie to this day. I will see Steve tonight at work I will ask him if he wants one too.
    I cant thank you enough . For give any typing errors here my hands are shaking. I have about 480 miles to ride tonight I will be smiling and making Josey Quotes to everyone over the radio the whole trip. I hope to get home by the time the sun comes up. As Josey I like to keep the sun at my back also . Gives you an edge. Thanks again .I dont usually do this but here is a couple of xx’s for you.

  • You are most welcome…It was a Josey Day…I was flipping through the channels and guess what was playing…Yep…Outlaw Josey Wales! It was just too karmic … LOL …so I sat and drew the portrait with the movie on at the same time!
    It isn’t very often I do special requests but we are a Josey Wales bunch around here… so I had a great time doing for you…Thanks, Enjoy! and a few for you tooo… xxx’s (;0)

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful likeness Susan. You’ve really captured “the look”. Great composition, color scheme, and process of the piece.

  • Thanks so much Bob! I appreciate your viewing my work…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 6 years ago

    This is great Susan, instand favorite !!

  • Thanks! Nice to hear from you!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgeralmost 6 years ago

    Perfection a fave 4 me 2! :)

  • Thanks so much Gail…appreciate it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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