Kim Ragsdale – The Challenge of Pencil
by Sarah H. Crampton
Ragsdale remarks, "I love the challenge of drawing a very complicated scene. I don't have color to bring my viewer into my work, so I need to use the high contrast between light and dark to show emotion. It is a striking way to get attention for the story I’m trying to convey."
This issue's cover image Eye to the Soul, depicting a quarter horse caught at sunset, is a work charged with energy and, like a watercolor, makes use of the white of the paper to create the convincing effect of natural light. A brilliant example of the medium of pencil, Ragsdale’s carefully chosen composition successfully produces an emotionally driven image, complete with a well-chosen title.
Ragsdale explains, "The strength and muscle structure of the horse is captured so well with pencil. I actually draw each individual hair. I don’t blend or smudge, so the underlying bone structure is captured with layers and layers of single pencil marks."
In recent years Kim Ragsdale found she had a passion for sharing her techniques with others. She teaches art classes locally and also has been traveling around the country to teach three-day workshops on pencil techniques and marketing. Her goal is to be a national workshop instructor.
View Kim’s work in graphite at www.kimragsdale.com