Pepper Pogue's Artistic Process
I asked Pepper to describe the artistic style
and technique that she uses to produce these drawings.
"It usually takes me anywhere from 40-80 hours to make
each one of these pen and ink drawings. I start off by making a rough pencil sketch of my subject
from one of your photographs and then I render it in pen. I don't always stay
100% accurate to the entire photo; although I try to stay as close to the
main subject as I can, I often find that I want to simplify something in
order to gain clarity on the primary subject.
"For the original pen and ink drawing, I use pigment ink
because it does not run or fade on heavy water color paper. The technique I use is
Stippling or Pointillism mixed with a little crosshatching. Pointillism
is the technique of creating an artistic composition comprised of nothing but
dots. Cross-hatching is the hatching of
a surface with parallel lines in two or more series that cross or overlap. Or,
more specifically, cross-hatching features the crossing of a series of drawn lines
of various lengths, widths and at various angles, with which the artist
constructs areas of shadowing or modeling. The eagle drawing and the fox
drawing are great examples of the cross-hatching technique.
"For the background, I just go with what I
like, as in the rocks or grass or sometimes nothing at all. You will see the
difference in the background of 'Bighorn Sheep at Zion
National Park' which is a stylized version of the rock walls
shown in the
original photograph. I want to experiment sometime in the
future using colored ink and create a pen & ink rendering in color."
more drawings by Pepper, check out
some of her drawings of horses, birds, and other scenes from her native
state of Tennessee.
And, if you're interested in learning more about the
techniques of pen and ink drawings, these books offer more details: