The Porcupine Skull drawing featured in the drawing gallery is an example of pencil on gesso technique.  Nina completed a number of pencil on gesso drawings in the early 1970s.    Click on the image below to open a light box, then zoom in to view the details.

Porcupine Skull. 3 1/2 " x 4 1/2"

“I learned this method of drawing from the sculptress Susan Smyly as taught to her by Sandy Concannon, her teacher at The Memphis Academy of Art.”     -Nina

Nina Explains the Process

First you prepare a small gesso panel, sanded very smooth — no bubbles. With the object to be drawn in front of you and your gesso panel taped to a drawing board, you begin, using a 9H drawing pencil, a pink pearl eraser sharpened with a razor, and a playing card. The picture is slowly developed with straight lines and straight erasures. The eraser is used as a drawing tool, not as a tool to erase.  All pencil lines and eraser lines are done against the card.  Very slowly a very luminous image is developed, somewhat like a silverpoint drawing.