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Jim Kiefer
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I have been drawing portraits since grade school. There's something about a face that has always fascinated me. I am particularly drawn to the eyes and the character exposed by the lines surrounding them.

I've worked in several different mediums such as oils, acrylic, and watercolor. I quit drawing when I got married and raised two wonderful kids. After 21 years, I decided to pick up the pencil again and have been back at it for about 6 or 7 years now.

Pencil drawing is all about lines, shapes, textures, and tones and the portrait offers plenty of these characteristics. I particularly like the play of lights and darks.

One thing that came to me several years ago about portrait drawing is that there are the basic areas of white and black but the bulk of it is different degrees of gray areas. The blacks and whites are the foundation, but it's the gray areas the give the piece its character and meaning and that is how I see life. Unfortunately, today's world has drifted to only seeing blacks and whites and stripping away all the gray areas as inconsequential, stripping away our character. With that said, drawing keeps me grounded and open to any and all possibilities.


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CmdrChaos Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy B'day Jim! Hope you had a great day! :iconwineplz:Pirate Girl Avatar 
LightBulbMoon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Hiya Jim - Happy Birthday!!
HairBrainedScenes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday Jim, hope its been an awesome day for you.
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :D :sun: :hug:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday my friend!!

I didn't have enought time to do it yet, but you will see a present :D
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Jim. Have a wonderful day. :D (Big Grin) Have your cake and eat it too 
Almog53 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, Jim..............:):):)
Doc-Skitz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
Pupil-Of-Plato Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks. I appreciated it.
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch Jin,:) (Smile) There are more drawings on my DA page. Feel free to comment. Your work is superb btw.
Here's a link to my Facebook page. Feel free to like and share.…
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