Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hurricane. New graphite drawing by Sheona Hamilton-Grant

Graphite on Paper. 36x56 cm.
Sheona Hamilton-Grant

Hurricane is my first drawing this big.
The result was well worth the extra hours.

In this post I thought it would be nice to share the set of instructions used for preparing and producing this specific drawing.
(p.s:The ingredients used can be found worldwide, the way in which they are combined comes from trial and error.)


1 sheet of Mellotex paper, whole

3 clutch pencils, filled (6B, 2B &2H)

1/2 piece of Blu-Tack

1 gorgeous subject (1.1 tones/2425 lb)

12 finely detailed digital photographs

XL Foam board

Artist Tape

1 “White Lies” cd

2 Marillion cds

Collectors Edition Pink Floyd

11/2l of drinking water (daily)

2 nespresso coffees (daily)

Preheated studio to 19 ºC = 66.2 ºF.

65 hours of drawing time.

Freshly ground passion.


In a warm studio, over angled drawing board, outline subject and study eyes, movement and light. Add a pinch of passion and bring inner vision to a simmer.

Place paper on foam board. Tape corners with artist tape. Secure and set aside.

Turn on music.

Review sketch and bring to parchment. Begin eyes to get a perfect expression.

On a clear drawing board, under good light, add more work to overall subject. Pin down the darks and gradually stir in the lighter values. Allow the lighter grays melt into the drawing, and then add detail to the mix. Work gently for approximately 65 hours until the values are completely coated with details.

Finish with a pinch of zeal and a crack of freshly ground passion.

Serve immediately.

(p.s: More of my work can be found at )


  1. I love the sense of purpose and strength in this beautiful drawing.
    I also love the way you presented it - being fairly new to blogging I've hit the 'can't show latest work for fear of spoiling Xmas surprise' block and scratching round for things to post. Your approach brought a smile to my face on this wet and windy morning in Whitstable!