As I worked on this drawing something
was keeping me from drawing
an older crow warrior like in the photo.
I tried and tried but, he kept coming out younger and younger
I have done many graphite portraits with out this trouble.
In fact every portrait I have done I struggled with them looking older,
never younger. I ask myself “why is this
normal task seemingly impossible to do?”
It was early on in the project so I just figured I would come
back to the face and fix it later. (never happened)
Well, as I moved on something odd would happen over
and over. As I would come to certain things to include or
leave out I felt moved on what to do.
When I rendered the ribbon on his left arm some
thing really strange happened. He guided me to put a jingle bell
on that ribbon . You see it had fallen off years earlier.
That is when I first became aware that this Crow Warrior
was right here with us. Maybe not in body but, his spirit
was ever present. I was literally numb from head to toe.
That’s when it dawned on me why I could not make
his face older. You see, I was the pencil being controlled
by this warrior's hand. I included this account for one
reason only. When you feel his presence.
Have peace not fear,
Have joy not sorrow,
Have love not hate,
There is no tomorrow
This is his message to us…………………..
|Done on cold press Strathmore series 500 board. I fought this board like crazy !!
Way to rough and bumpy I think hot press would have been a better choice.
|Stan and Ashley
|Recent Charcoal Portrait
Done on Arches 140 lb. HOT press water color paper(back side) Kimberly pencils
Thanks for the tip on the paper and pencils JD. JD Hillberry
|Pencil drawings by J. D. Hillberry. Galleries of
original graphite pencil and charcoal artwork plus fine
"Very interesting! I like your story about the young Native
American that you could not make old. My own inner self feels at
times a connection to that great race of people that some of our
Anglo forefathers murdered, raped and enslaved all because they
thought God had given the Anglos the superiority and the right to
prevail and dominate. This country resides on the ruins of
universe.” Surely, that alone, is reason enough to question the
validity of our presence here. The hate toward the Mexicans is
preposterous! That all sounds as though our ancestors never did
anything like “migrate” into a land that was not previously
inhabited by their own."
Thank you for letting me share your thoughts
|My Son Brett and my first portrait