Drawing

That Statue...

15" x 20", Graphite, 2013

A sight-size figure drawing assignment turned into a thirty 

hour long breakthrough. This 

caste is of a 5th Century BCE Hermes statue from antiquity,

and the full title is jokingly

“That Statue of That One Guy

From a Long Time Ago”.

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Dali Llama

18" x 24", Pencil and Pastel, 2014

A fun tribute to both the Dalai Lama and Salvador Dali, this forty-hour drawing is a play on words and names that is perferated with Buddhist symbolism and references to five of Salvador’s paintings.

 
 

From The Mirror

15" x 24", Charcoal, 2012

An eight and a half hour self 

portrait that was selected for the 2013 Student Juried Art Exhibition. This is the first serious self-portrait drawing of the artist that happened to emerge from a semester final project in drawing class. The eyes were the last part of the drawing, and they exemplify the exhaustion of a late night.

Facial Feature Study
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An advanced drawing assignment required something other than paper to be used as the canvas. By chance an old guitar had stopped working properly a few months earlier, so it was sanded down, covered in

tempera paint, and drawn using oil pastel. Some highlights use the natural color of the wood, exposed by scratching the surface with a knife.

The front side of the guitar would not allow the proper canvas for oil pastel. 

Small Body Guitar, Oil Pastel
and Tempera Paint, 2014

Space Racer X

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The Other Hand

8"x 10", Graphite, 2014
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Personal sketch of the artist’s wife 

from a photo taken before they married. The title has multiple meanings and implications, such as the other hand in marriage, the other hand in raising their children, and the ring on the left hand. 

 

Antiques and Antlers

18" x 24", Charcoal, 2014

This classroom still-life drawing is the result of students bringing items from home to be included in the class-wide still life drawing project. 

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The Farmer's Friends

18" x 24", Graphite, 2013

The first commissioned drawing that

JMF was hired to do; given a stack of photos containing the elements the client wished to include, and pouring 

24 total hours of drawing with pencil, this piece now hangs in a wooden frame on a ranch in North Texas. 

 

Cali Couple

8"x 10", Charcoal, 2014

A commissioned drawing of the client's nephew, to be given as a Christmas gift. 

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Chelle's Angels

18" x 24", Charcoal, 2013

This was the second commissioned drawing, and not only is JMF's best client work, but

is the best photorealistic rendering to date. When a coworker, Michelle, approached with a photograph of her children, it was obvious the faces had to be perfect without question.

After printing a snapshot of the original image, making measurements, and scaling the image to the full drawing size, the entire drawing took 21 hours to complete. Upon delivery, Michelle confessed it should have cost 8 times more, but the beautiful faces took priority.
 

 

Hollis

Photoshop Drawing

A commissioned digital drawing for the rap artist's album cover.

 

Andre The Lion

Tattoo Design Drawing

A commissioned mockup mixing the client's likeness with that of a lion with the intent of taking this work to a tattoo artist for a permanent ink-to-skin copy. 

 

Sketchbook Selections

 

All featured artwork is copyright of JMF Studios and artist John M. Faber unless otherwise indicated.

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