African Girl - pencil study

Jan Szymczuk

Stannington, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

Medium: Pencil
Paper: Goldline Bristol Board 220gsm
Size: A3 420mm x 297 (16.5″ × 11.7″)
Duration: 11 hours
The reference for this sketch is a photograph by Eric Lafforgue.

Finally finished this mini epic pencil study of the African Girl.

Day five:
What I thought was going to take me another 30 minutes or so to finish, turned into another hour!
I was hoping to finish this study on “Day four” but you know how it is, you think, I’ll just log on and see if there are any new comments (am I unique in being addicted to comments anticipation?) and you see one, you reply, refresh to see it went in, another pops up, two hours later, well you get the picture.

So today ( day five), I took it along to my local art club at Killingworth – this morning, with the hope of finishing it there, not a snowball in hell’s chance! I ended up teaching two fellow members my Slip and Slide method so back home with my unfinished pencil study, arrived and got it set up in my studio, pencil at the ready when Jasmine (8yr old daughter, princess in waiting) shouted, “D-Daddieeee! the chain’s come off my bike again!” OK, 15 minutes later, pencils at the ready (this was it!) then wife knocks door, “Dinner’s ready!” Forty minutes later, I secretly creep back upstairs, to my studio, shut the door (quietly), and one hour later put down my pencils, job finished!

The last thirty minutes or , I spent touching up, here and there, darkening, lightening, darkening, hatching here and there, well you know the story.

So after about 11 hours, this is my final piece, pencil study of an African Girl.

A tutorial description of details of the study to follow (promise!)

Close ups:

WIP Steps
WIP – African Girl I
WIP – African Girl II
WIP – African Girl III
WIP – African Girl IV

Artwork Comments

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  • Jan Szymczuk
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