August 13th, 2014

Portrait of Elle H.

Riko Colin Chuck never got to meet his model, Elle H. He drew this exceptional portrait from a selfie she contributed to the Sktchy iPhone app. Sktchy invites users to upload their selfies and then watch how artists transform the photos into drawings. We asked Riko to explain: “I am a self-taught artist with a current interest in Representational Art. Due to a difficult work schedule, I don’t get to attend classes, workshops, or life drawing sessions. So I’ve been using an app called Sktchy. Users upload ‘selfies’ and the fantastic international community of artists create and post artwork based upon these photos. I selected this one of ‘Elle H’ because it had such a quiet Pre-Raphelite beauty to it.

To create this drawing, I used General’s Charcoal pencils in grades 2H and 2B with tortillion smudging and a kneaded eraser and Paper Mate’s Tuff Stuff eraser stick to lighten values and add highlights. The brightness, weight, and smooth finish of the Zeta paper worked flawlessly to help me create this drawing.” See more of Riko’s artwork at his Flickr photostream at

This drawing is also special for us because it is the first report we have of an artist using the Zeta Series exclusively with dry media. Do you know of others? Please let us know.

MEDIA: Charcoal
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Elle H


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