"For me, the eyes are the most important part of any animal. They reveal the true nature, beauty and essence of every creature. Once I awaken the soul of the animal by rendering the eyes, I am moved to complete the rest of the drawing."
Creating the illusion of reality in black and white is a challenging and rewarding adventure. It requires a keen eye and the understanding of value and texture to bring these subjects to life. As in painting, the graphite artist must employ all of the principles of composition, perspective and light to create a believable and enjoyable work of art.
Gabrielle applies graphite much the same as a painter applies paint. The lighter values are used first then the darker values are added to build up the depth of shade slowly, layer upon layer, until the desired effect is attained.
A single drawing may involve the use of six or eight different grades of pencil leads. Erasers and shading stumps are also valuable tools in creating value and texture. Gabrielle uses her own photographs for reference and may refer to as many as ten pictures for a single drawing.
A complicated drawing may take up to 90 hours actual drawing time, with the vignette ranging from 10 to 20 hours to complete. All of Gabrielle`s work is done on acid free paper and only archival materials are used in framing.