Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Elvis in Charcoal # 87, If I can dream

The 35th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 87, If I can dream
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal # 86, Baby, what you want me to do

The 34th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 86, Baby, what you want me to do
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 85, Memories

The 33th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015, assignment from an US Elvis fan.
Elvis in Charcoal # 85, Memories
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal # 84, The Sundial King


The 29th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015, assignment from an US Elvis fan.
Elvis in Charcoal # 84, The Sundial King
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
20 x 26 cm, 2015.
SOLD





Elvis in Charcoal # 83, Pieces of my life

The 31th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015, assignment from an US Elvis fan.
Elvis in Charcoal # 83, Pieces of my life
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal # 82, The Summer of '55

The 30th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 82, The Summer of '55
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 81, Hawaiian Beach Boy

The 29th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015, assignment from an US Elvis fan.
Elvis in Charcoal # 81, Hawaiian Beach Boy
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
20 x 26 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal # 80, A little less conversation

The 28th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 80, A little less conversation
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Elvis in Charcoal # 79, Like any other Soldier

 The 27th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 79, Like any other Soldier
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD



Elvis in Charcoal # 78, Playing for Keeps

 

The 26th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 78, Playing for Keeps
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 77, Elvis is Back!


The 25th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 77, Elvis is Back!
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 76, Just Pretend


The 24th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 76, Just Pretend
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal # 75, Tell me Why


The 23th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 75, Tell me Why
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 74, New York Hilton 1972


The 22nd Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 74, New York Hilton 1972
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

New Elvis in Charcoal books


There are 2 new "Elvis in Charcoal" books! And of course The first volume from 2013 is still available.
- Volume 1, hardcover, all the weekly drawings from 2013
- Volume 2, hardcover, all the weekly drawings from 2014 and 2015
- Volume 1&2, paperback, both hardcover volumes combined.
 
You can order the books at my blurb store

Pencil drawing, Kiss me Quick


After all those charcoal drawings I wanted to make an pencil drawing, this is the result.

Kiss me Quick
Pencil on drawing paper,
21 x 30 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal # 72, Baby I don't care


The 21th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal # 72, Baby I don't care
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm 2015.
SOLD

Cut-out Elvis #1, Hounddog Un-leashed is finished

The cut-out Elvis is finished. It was difficult to find a title for this painting. But my friends on Facebook are always there to help :-)

Cut-out Elvis #1, Hounddog Un-leashed
Oil on panel,
ca. 38 x 60 cm 2015.
Available 

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Elvis in Charcoal #71, On his way to Miami, 1960


The 20th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal #71, On his way to Miami, 1960
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Elvis in Charcoal #70, Detroit Blues


The 19th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal #70, Detroit Blues
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal #69, The Hillbilly Cat


The 18th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.
Elvis in Charcoal #69, The Hillbilly Cat
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Elvis in Charcoal # 68, I'm still the King

The 17th Elvis in Charcoal drawing for 2015.

Elvis in Charcoal # 68, I'm still the King
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal #67, Deep thoughts

Elvis in Charcoal no. 16 for this year is finished too.

Elvis in Charcoal #67, Deep thoughts
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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Elvis in Charcoal #66, The return of the King

Elvis in Charcoal no. 15 for 2015.

Elvis in Charcoal #66, The Return of the King
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
Available

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The Mirrors of the Soul

This is an assignment from an Elvis fan in the USA. The eyes of Elvis and the eyes of her grandson.
The drawing is made with colored pencils and has arrived in the USA today!
I have used the Elvis reference photo twice before, the first one you'll find here and the second one here.

The Mirrors of the Soul
Colored Pencil on drawing paper,
25 x 17 cm, 2015
SOLD

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How I make my Elvis in Charcoal drawings, part 2

In these steps I continue to work on the higlights, shadows, midtones and details.
 Redefining the highlights, shadows and midtones and adding more detail. Sideburn is added too.

 Continue working on the highlights, shadows and midtones and details. Adding the background and some hair and his watch.

 Started working on the hair. Black and whites first.

 Finishing the hair with midtones and more highlights.

Going over some details once more, add the title anf my name. Finished!

Monday, April 13, 2015

How I make my Elvis in Charcoal drawings, part 1

In this post I like to tell a little bit about how the Elvis in Charcoal drawings are made.
First of all I'm going to look for a suitable photo. I like to pick photo's that are not too well known.
I do use Photoshop but only to adjust the levels so I can see some more in the darker or lighter parts of the photo and to zoom in on the small details. I never print them out, that's only a waste of paper and toner :-)
The materials I use are:
Colored paper, Canson or Lana Colours
Charcoal pencils in Black and White
White Pastel pencil
Black Koh-I-Noor "Gioconda" pencils
Brushes in different sizes
Different types of erasures

The first step is to draw al the features on the right pace and in the right size with a normal pencil, I'll continue with this step until the face looks like the face of Elvis.
Then I'm blocking in the highlights with the White Charcoal pencil.

Blocking in of the highlights

Next I start with putting the shadows and other dark tones.

Defining Shadows and other darks

I continue working on the darker tones and add some details. It now starts to look like Elvis :-)
The hair has to wait, I draw that when I'm finished with the face.

Continue working Shadows and other darks

Tomorrow part two, redefining the highlights, shadows and midtones and adding more detail.



Friday, March 27, 2015

Elvis in Charcoal #65, That's all right

In between all the commissions, the struggle with the white pencil on black paper and the waiting for the paint to dry on my "cut-out Elvis" I felt like doing a Elvis in Charcoal I wanted to do for a long time. The next one is going to be "the kiss" from the same photoshoot.

Elvis in Charcoal #65, That's all right
Charcoal and White chalk on colored paper,
15 x 21 cm, 2015.
SOLD

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cut-out Elvis II










Here's an update for my Cut-out Elvis painting.
I'm working on the second color layer. When that layer is finished I need to add details and do some glazing.

Elvis in Charcoal #53 -64

I had planned to post something at least once a week on this blog. But since last year november things are going very well. Almost every Elvis in Charcoal drawing i made is sold. And thanks to Facebook I've got a list of assignments!
The drawings are doing very well in the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

One of my major goals is to have one of my Elvis drawings in all the 50 states of the USA :-)
I've send my work to the following states so far;
• Alabama 
• Arizona 
• California
• Connecticut
• Florida 
• Hawaii
• Illinois 
• Indiana
• Iowa 
• Maine 
• Maryland 
• Massachusets 
• Michigan
• Mississippi 
• Montana 
• New Hampshire 
• New Jersey 
• New York 
• North Carolina 
• Ohio 
• Pennsylvania 
• South Carolina 
• Tennessee 
• Texas 
• Utah 
• Virginia 
• Washington 
• Wisconsin
Only 22 to go...

On the image above you see Elvis in Charcoal no. 53 through 64.
You'll find bigger images of the drawings on mysite, www.elvis-art.com


Monday, January 12, 2015

Cut-out Elvis

I've been thinking about this for a while. A cut-out Elvis painting. I start with one but maybe more are going to follow...


I bought the cheapest fretsaw i could find. That wasn't verry succesful, every two minutes the blade broke. After a couple of hours I went on-line to buy a more expensive one. After that everything went smoothly.






Today I finished with all the layers of Gesso. Tomorrow I need to do some sanding to get a smooth surface. 
And then the fun can begin...
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