Today I worked on a new 14″ x 17″ pencil drawing of a young Native American dancer from Canada. I actually started it yesterday, continuing with the theme of the previous three drawings.

I started with all the darkest black areas using a charcoal pencil, and once those were done I switched to my graphite pencils. The face is usually the quickest and easiest part for me. It’s the clothes and accessories that really try my patience. And for some odd reason I keep choosing more complicated styles with each successive drawing.

All the previous drawings I plowed through from start to finish with a few breaks in between, averaging a day-and-a-half each. I think I am going to pace myself a little more on this one.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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