No, this week’s artist is not a sculptor. Her name is Linda Huber and she is a pencil artist that seeks to achieve a level of realism in her drawings that is usually reserved for photographers. Her focus on the details of her subjects has resulted in an entire body of work that not only achieves this level of realism, but also seems to reproduce life on paper.
It’s no surprise that Linda is able to achieve this level of detail, since her creative process is as detailed as the works she creates. Linda starts most of her pieces with a reference photograph. She then prints this photograph multiple times to address each aspect of the subject. One print goes onto a grid that allows her to isolate the individual puzzle pieces that make up the image. Another print is printed out darker so that she may see the shadows present in the image and a third is printed out brighter so that she may see the details that may be obscured. She then works her way from the upper left corner of the image down to the bottom right corner, sometimes spending as much as 80 hours on a single drawing.
Her website, which can be found here, features galleries where you can view her work, tips for other artists, and a section dedicated to providing aspiring artists with the opportunity to take lessons from Linda herself. A completely separate section of her website known as “The Drawing Board” displays what Linda is currently working on, giving those interested a glimpse into her creative process and a look at the inspiration and motivation behind her drawings.
Drawings by Pencil Artist Linda Huber
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If you want to see more of Linda’s work, you can check out her galleries here.