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Homeless Man

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose,Ca.)


This drawing was a little challenging and was done in 1 hour and 14 minutes. It went by faster than I thought. I used 6B and 8B graphite pencils and blending sticks.


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Note from Kerry:
That is a fantastic creation, Josef. It's hard to comprehend you did this in less than 2 hours - what a great work of art.

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Holy Man

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose, Ca. )


This portrait was drawn using a blending stick, an eraser for the white face paint and 6B and 8B graphite pencils. This took nearly three hours.
I found the photo in a local newspaper that had a story on holy men in India.


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Note from Kerry:
Wow, this is spectacular, Josef! I could stare at those compelling eyes for hours. Great drawing.

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Thousand Yard Stare

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose, Ca.)


If you could see what these guys have seen then you will understand. This drawing took nearly two hours using a 2.5F pencil, then followed with 6B and 8B graphite pencils and blending sticks.


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Note from Kerry:
Josef, I can't even tell this is a drawing! You are a fine artist, I am in awe.
Soldiers, Police Officers, Firey's etc, all have my respect, I would not being able to imagine what they see but I am very grateful for their protection.

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Sniper

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose, Ca.)


This one is more technical because of the sniper rifle with scope. This one took nearly three hours.
Even if I think a drawing is complete I'll wait the next day to notice something I left out or needs correcting.
I'm learning to take my time because I want to do more challenging projects.
Done with graphite pencils,blending sticks and erasers for the high lights.


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Note from Kerry:
Stunning artwork again, Josef! I don't think I could do something like this in 3 days, let alone 3 hours.
It is an amazing experience to study a drawing next day and to notice things that just weren't visible the day before.
Love your work!

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Angelina

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose, Ca.)


This is my friend Angelina.This sketch was drawn with a No.2.5F school pencil, a 6B graphite pencil and blending sticks. This took about thirty minutes.


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Note from Kerry:
Josef, I really appreciate that you tell us how long each drawing takes you to complete - it makes your work even more admirable knowing you can create something like this in a short half hour.
Your friend Angelina is very pretty, I love your drawing of her.

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Quick Portrait Drawing

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose,Ca.)

Untitled

Untitled

I found a portrait in a photo website and liked it very much.
So here is my version. I did not know how to title this one.
This one took twenty-eight minutes using a school pencil and graphite pencils. I wanted to emphasize her eyes.
Thanks for looking.


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Note from Kerry:
28 minutes? I'd love to do something like this in that short time! Josef, you are a master with a pencil.

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Pashtun Girl

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose, Ca.)


This is the "Afghan Girl" from National Geographic. It is one of my favorite photographs and I wanted to draw her. I used graphite pencils and blending sticks.


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Note from Kerry:
Josef, you have mastered portrait drawing in an enviable way. I love your style - your drawings are perfect.

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Angelina

by Josef
(San Jose,Ca. USA)

Angelina

Angelina

This is a quick portrait of my friend Angelina.

Produced in 2010.

I used Super Promecha 0.5 mechanical pencil on 8 x 11" paper.



***Note from Kerry:
Gee Josef, I wish my "quick" work turned out like this!

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The Mona Lisa

by Josef Rocha
(San Jose,CA.USA.)

The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa

This is my version of the Mona Lisa.

I did this freehand, with pencil on paper.

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Josef, this is really good work - you are brave to tackle something so well known so I am proud of your effort here.

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The Train Lady

by Josef
(San Jose, Ca. USA)

A lady in the train to San Jose

A lady in the train to San Jose

1997. Drawn on the train on my way home.

I drew this quick portrait with a number 2 pencil on my sketch book.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Josef
I like your sketch. I wonder if anyone recognizes her?

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In progress...

by Josef
(San Jose,Ca. USA)


Drawing on 8x11 paper.I'm using a No.3 blending stick with graphite pencils. 8B, 2H and 4B pencils were used for this sketch.


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Note from Kerry:

Hi Josef
It's great to hear from you again!
Your drawing is coming along beautifully, you've already captured a realistic face at this early stage. Thanks so much for sharing your drawing materials.

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Kristen

by Josef
(San Jose,Ca. USA)

Kristen

Kristen

Black and white with color for the eyes and lips. Paasche VL3 dual action airbrush using acrylic paint.


***Note from Kerry:
Wow Josef! This is striking. I'd love to know a bit more about why your drew this, do you know her?


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