Elle Evans. Getting back into drawing classic portraits again.

kristie0825 asked: I love your artwork. It is amazing. I'm very curious about and interested in your work. I was just wondering if you could tell me your age and if u went to school for art and if so what was the degree in?

Thank you! I’m 26, graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 with a BFA in graphic design. I draw with the free time i have, usually I’m designing logos and packaging- totally different haha. Hope that helps x

puffypear asked: hi I just found your blog and I absolutely love it. All your works are really amazing and beautiful! I just want to ask, did you receive any kind of education in art? (aka did you go to art college?) AND how long does it take for you to finish one piece of work? I am so glad i found your blog. Keep up the good work! x

Aw thank you for the kind words! I went to the School of Visual Arts and graduated with a BFA in graphic design. I’m part time typographer, designing logos and such but illustrate with my free time. It usually takes me 2-3 days to finish one portrait. xo

jaimustailor asked: Just wanted to say that your drawings are amazing, im trying to neaten up my drawing, my lastest post is as neat as i can get. Do you have any advise how to get that clean finish that you get? Thank you :)

Gah I just saw your work, amazing skills with the ink pen! You’re amazing, I really don’t have any advice… But I usually clean everything up in Photoshop- my initial sketches in graphite and pencil are super, super messy.

leonardodipartyoh asked: What is your digital process after you finish hand drawing the work? Like what programs and such?

It’s all drawn in photoshop with a pencil brush I downloaded for free haha, nothing special ;)

vialla asked: You're amazing! I think I told you that already. I follow you here, Behance and instagram because you're such an inspiration to me. I hope you do tutorials though. I really want to improve my drawing skills but the things on youtube are just not my taste. I love to do something as brilliant as your art! :)

Thank you doll! I really appreciate the support and the kind words. I’ve been trying to edit a video of myself drawing / tutorial / showing the entire process but… I just realized that I am horrible at anything tech related. Hopefully I can have something to show soon, I’ll definitely keep you posted! xo Kei

todosdependemosdetodos asked: Can you please post more W.I.P.? It will be great to see your progress.... all i see are finish drawings. Thanks


vladimirmorar asked: I just want to start of by saying that I love your work more than anyone else's. I have a big hobby to draw and post my work on instagram. However, my question to you is: how do you deal with the times when you, as an artist, feel like everything goes wrong or have a lack of inspiration. I have a thousand or so followers on my page and I haven't posted anything in 3 weeks. I used to draw almost every day and I don't want them to think I've lost interest in drawing.

Thank you for the constant support, it’s always nice hearing from another artist. I’m actually in the same mood right now, slightly in a “slump” with producing personal work. I think its completely normal to feel like you’re stuck in a rut, so I usually try to focus on other things that interest me- like seeing my favorite band or just strolling through the museum. Just being around positive and creative energy helps and by the time you know it, you’ll be sketching away again :)

demondebris asked: Hey :) what pencil/pen do you use and how long does it take you to draw a picture (without the digital part)? Thanks!

Hi there, it really depends on what I’m in the mood for but I stick to a range of 2H to 4B pencils, graphite and charcoal. It always takes me about a day to prepare everything before I edit digitally. Since I grid everything and thats the most time consuming part in the entire process. 

floraeux asked: Your work is incredible! What brand of graphite/pencils/charcoal do you use or recommend?

Thank you! I use Generals graphite powder, white charcoal, derwent graphic pencils, faber castell pencils, Prismacolor turquoise pencils… The lighter pencils (2H~) are harder and the darker pencils (4B~) is softer so depending on what I’m in the mood for, I change/mix it up. Also I draw digitally as well! Hope that helps x