THE DRAWING PROCESS OF JOSHUA DILIBERTO


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DRAWING EVERY WRINKLE IN THE SKIN TAKES HOURS. THE ENTIRE SURFACE GETS A SHADE OF GRAPHITE.

I NEVER TOUCH THE PAPER WITH MY HANDS TO INSURE THAT THE OIL IN MY SKIN DOES NOT DAMAGE THE PAPER OVER TIME.

GRAPHITE IS A VERY CLEAN MEDIUM, IT DOES NOT MAKE A MESS LIKE CHARCOAL. IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO GET REALLY DARK TONES WITH GRAPHITE. I TRY TO MAKE THINGS DARKER THAN I THINK THEY SHOULD BE.

DRAWING MULTIPLE FIGURES IN THE DRAWING TAKES MORE TIME. I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME ON FACES. THEY HAVE THE MOST DETAIL. IT IS EASIEST TO SEE DISCREPENCY IN FACIAL FEATURES WITH THE HUMAN EYE.

THIS IS MY MASTER WORK AT ABOUT THE 2 MONTH MARK. THE PROJECT TOOK 6 MONTHS TO FINISH. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I TRIED TO CAPTURE IN FOCUS AND OUT OF FOCUS SECTIONS WITHIN THE DRAWING.

THERE IS NO OUTLINE, NO FIRST DRAFT. I START WITH THE EYES AND WHEN I'M DONE DRAWING THE EYES I DON'T GO BACK.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE GRAPHITE WILL TOUCH THE PAPER, BUT I CAN MAKE PREDICTIONS. OVER TIME, THE ACCURACY OF THOSE PREDICTIONS BECOME AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION.