Behind the Eight Ball by John Howard | Strokes of Genius 3: Fresh Perspectives

This week we are featuring John Howard’s Behind the Eight Ball from our Strokes of Genius art competition in Strokes of Genius 3: Fresh Perspectives.

Best of Drawing, Behind the Eight Ball by John Howard

Graphite with acrylic application on natural white drawing paper | 38″ x 50″ (97cm x 127cm)

Here’s what John Howard says about his artwork:
This haunting childhood memory is a view from the kitchen of our home that was attached to the family business. I wanted to create the tension of contrasting dynamic diagonal forms, to present an environment where anything can happen. I started with delineated gestural contours using 2B, 4B and 6B woodless graphite pencils, 1/2″ x 3″ (12mm x 76mm) graphite blocks, and pure graphite powder applied by finger or a wide watercolor brush. Then, using many crosshatching techniques with graphite pencils and blocks, along with a kneaded eraser, I focused on the forms created by the common light source to render the veiled face, the gnarly hands, the contrasting textures, and the perspective of the cast shadows. Finally, I sealed it with a fixative, then glazed with acrylics suspended in matte medium to augment the desired emotional response.

John Howard’s piece Behind the Eight Ball appeared in Strokes of Genius 3: Fresh Perspectives, published by North Light Books in 2011. Enter the competition here for your chance to appear in Strokes 5 & win other prizes!

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