Graphite on Paper
In this portrait, the subject looks up and out to the viewer’s left. She appears to be on the verge of speech, leaving her eyes to give the viewer a hint of what she may be about to say. The angle of her shoulders suggests movement as well. The view must decide if she turned her face to look or if she turned her body to walk away.
The portrait is graphite with pencils from the hard range (8H to 2B). The light tones give the female subject a soft, look and feel while the tones of the skin show subtle lighting against the dramatic angles of her features.
Mike Gelhar graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2000 with a graphic arts degree and a fine arts minor. Mike has returned to portrait drawing in his preferred mediums of graphite pencil and ink, after raising two daughters. He lives in Oshkosh and works as a digitizer in 4imprint’s embroidery department.
Mike’s artistic focus is rendering the emotions of a subject’s face. The challenge of capture a person’s expression and conveying their internal monologue while using a single medium is what drives Mike’s artistic journey. When limited to the tonal values of a single hue, Mike focuses on the subtle differences that shape a face, giving each subject their unique features while providing the viewer insight to what the subject is thinking.
You can find his art on Instagram at @mgelhar_art.