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J D Hillberry
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I've started filming some free tutorials that show and explain how I produce my realistic drawings. You can see several of them on my youtube channel from the link below:
Free Drawing Tutorials

If you sign up on my email list on my website, you can get a notification of new tutorials as they become available.
Thanks so much for everyone's interest in my work.

Artist's Statement:
"Like most artists, I have a need to communicate pictorially rather than with words. Although I try to push the limits of realism in a black and white medium, simply imitating reality isn't my primary goal. I use the technical skills I have developed to tell a story or evoke an emotion. I feel I've successfully communicated with someone when they identify with the essence of a particular piece, and it brings about new thoughts or feelings."

About the Artist:
A natural ability and strong desire to draw surfaced early in J. D. Hillberry's life. While growing up in Wyoming, he began developing his own techniques of blending charcoal and graphite to give a photo realistic look to his drawings. J. D. uses this monochromatic medium to focus the viewer's attention to the drama of light, shadow, and texture without the added influence of color. Throughout his career, He has tried to push the limits of realistic expression with drawing. After moving to Colorado in 1989, Hillberry began experimenting with trompe l'oeil drawings. Traditionally, this type of artwork is done with oils, but he has successfully rendered images so realistically, they fool the eye into thinking that real objects are displayed in a shadow box frame.

Mr. Hillberry has been a professional artist for over 22 years. In that time he has become one of the most well known and respected artists in his field. He has also become known for his willingness to share his techniques. His book “Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil” has sold over 60,000 copies and has become a "must have" drawing instruction book used by art students worldwide. J. D. also conducts drawing workshops that draw students to Colorado from coast to coast as well as Europe and Canada. Through his classes and exhibitions, J. D. Hillberry continues to expand the public's perception of realism in drawing.
I had some great news this week I'd like to share. One of my newer trompe l'oeil pencil drawings just received some great recognition. My drawing entitled "Fooled" was selected as a finalist Art Renewal Center 2011-12 Salon competition. And, it was also selected to be featured in Strokes of Genius 5 Drawing Competition publication.  Click on the to see a larger version of the drawing and some close-up details.

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you art is just amazing !!! I've watched all of your youtube tutorials and they were really helpfull ! I hope to see more of those free tutorials because they are awesome. Thank you for the teaching! It means a lot to improve.

Greetings, Arsiekdhol
Big fan of your graphite work :)
welcome to checkout my large graphite portraits on fb :)
Sarah-Diane Jul 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
I've been a fan of your work for years now (purchased your book and everything).  I finally decided to try doing a trompe l'oeil style drawing.  Since you were my inspiration, I'd like to share it with you: Boundless Butterfly.  Thank you for the tutorials and tips and tricks and all you do to help artists learn to achieve their potential!
crimsontearfall Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!
bluerest49 Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIIIIIIRRRTHHHDAAYYYY!!! I wish you a verrrry splendid birthday this year ^_^
Lustful-Cuppy-Cake Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!!~
JamiePickering Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day! =)
jjkiefer Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, JD!
pyro-helfier Jun 17, 2013   General Artist
Happy Birthday!!
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