Painting became one of the works of art that is still much in demand by the public. This branch of fine art is part of the process of two-dimensional medium or surface of three-dimensional objects to get a certain impression.
Painting generally uses media such as canvas, paper, boards and even film in photography can be considered as a medium of painting. Make a sketch then combine various colors with watercolors and oil paints.
But over time, painting does not only use the media. Currently based in Seattle, Washington Dylan Eakin used black charcoal to produce his paintings. He uses refined charcoal to produce beautiful paintings. Dylan is an artist who has focused on photorealism since 2016.
In accordance with the name of the concept, Dylan produces paintings that are similar to the results of camera shots. Charcoal is the main media that he uses so that the scratches look finer in detail. Occasionally, he also uses small dots of white paint for highlights.
For people who see it might not have thought if this painting was made from charcoal. Intrigued by his work? Here are 14 portraits of Dylan Eakin painting with charcoal.
"Adapting myself into the regiments of photorealistic drawing requires assimilation into automata. There’s not a single facet of the genre that doesn’t necessitate a direct confrontation towards a shopping list of personal weaknesses. Reforming my process of art production becomes a reconfiguration of human habits into mechanical ones, a method of self-improvement via photographic translation and a stick of charcoal. Delete subjectification. Delete inspiration. Draw the picture. Beep Boop".
(source : dylaneakin )
Eakin says, his amazing portraits take around 100 hours (give or take) each. In an interview with Artzine he adds:
As far as the reasons behind working in photorealism, it can get a bit tricky. With this genre, the art is so much more than the final product. For me, it’s an exploration of medium, an exercise in precision and self-discipline, and an attempt to engineer myself and my tools to produce the work of a machine.
The absolute hardest thing to draw are light textures on light surfaces, it takes a super subtle hand, and way more restraint than I have the patience for. But I’m also going to take this as a chance to vent some frustrations about highlights. Highlights are impossible. Not difficult, impossible. Because there’s no way to make a 2-dimensional charcoal drawing emit light. It took me a couple of years to come to terms with that. [ source ]
Video of Making Process of Portrait Paintings by DYLAN EAKIN
All images source: Dylan Eakin
All images credits: Dylan Eakin