Cafe’ Americana

A photorealistic rendering of what you might find in a 1950's diner. Juried into the 2009 Colored Pencil Society of America Annual Exhibition. 18 x 11.5"

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About Dave Billingsley

David began drawing at an early age. While in kindergarten he discovered what would become a lifelong interest by tracing airplanes on wax paper. It wasn't until high school that colored pencil drawing became his media of choice. Being a typical teenage boy interested in cars, he happened on a book by R. H. Gurr titled "Automobile Design". There he found a dramatic way to illustrate using Prismacolor pencils on black paper.

Given the fine detail that is possible with colored pencil and David's inclination to be a detail person, this media provides the perfect meeting place for artistic focus in the photorealistic style. As such, David strives to achieve a characteristic of his drawings where the closer you look the more you see. He continues to explore new ways of defining the detail, to see how far, make that how close, he can push it. The trompe l'oeil genre is very appealing to David because of its challenge, just as it has been for artists for centuries.

David is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and a member of the local district chapter in Oregon.