Pencils: 2h through 8b
Paper: Not Specified
Jenna Bastable is a 17 year old pencil artist from New Zealand who is currently intent on developing her skills at realism. I admire her ability — which is on display in the above work — to create a portrait that comes very close to photorealism without loosing its integrity as a pencil work. I consider that an impressive accomplishment. Also, I can’t help but notice her shading is superb and renders Cobain’s skin with a warmth — almost a glow — that I’ve seldom enough seen, but which can be one of the attractions of working in graphite. So far as I can tell, there’s not a shade nor tone out of place in this work. I think she’s a brilliant, dedicated young artist and I fully expect her to run away to the big city someday where she will fall in league with a gang of international jewel theives and forget art altogether — for that is so typically the tragedy of our species. However, until that day comes, I plan to follow her career.