David J Vanderpool

David J Vanderpool

Shafter, CA, United States

About David J Vanderpool

“Art isn’t always about who the artist is, but rather who catches his attention at that moment”.
- David J. Vanderpool 2012


Drawing is one of the first skills children pick up and one of their first experiences in acceptance and recognition. Instantly the refrigerator door becomes their gallery – a place to show off their latest masterpiece as new pieces are added daily. It’s as if the refrigerator was created for just that purpose. As an adult, for those of us who continue to explore our creative side, the desire for acceptance and recognition never leaves us.

As a self-taught artist, my drawings have sold to collectors all over the world and found a home in places this artist has only dreamed of traveling to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Saint Petersburg, New York City, and Greece. And of course, closer to home in locations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and several homes and business throughout Kern County.

All of my drawings are created with fine lines and crosshatching for shading. I never blend with a blending stump or smear the graphite unless it’s a distant background which is meant to be blurry. For me personally, I find that blending stumps flatten and dulls the drawing and destroys any chance of making the drawing “come to life, jump off the page”.

So what do I used to blend my drawings? Lighter pencils (2h, 4H and perhaps and F) over the darker graphite pencils! Darker pencils are your softer graphites and therefore touch just the surface of the paper. By applying the lighter, harder graphite over the darker shades of grays, the artist has more control of the blending, and the darker graphite can be pressed deeper onto the fabric of the paper. Often giving a deeper, richer shadow. And cleaners, more detailed blending!

SIDE NOTE: Being right handed, I draw left to right, top to bottom, which often means many of my drawings are created upside down in order for the graphite not to smear.

Education

W. C. Overfelt High School - San Jose, CA. USA
Evergreen Valley College - San Jose, CA. USA
San Jose Bible College

(Self-Taught Artist)

Events

Shafter's Ford Theater
Solo Exhibit since June 2017
1101 East Lerdo Hwy
Shafter, California 93263
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Second Solo Art Exhibit with the Arts Council of Kern
(December 8, 2016, through January 27, 2017
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Solo Art Exhibit with the Arts Council of Kern.
(August through September 2015)
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Small Arts Exhibit - The Bakersfield Museum of Art.
(2012 and 2015)
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Eye Street Gallery - The Bakersfield Museum of Art
(2014)
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Shafter's Annual "Colour's Festival", held the last weekend of February. (Since 2015)
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Exhibitions

Shafter Ford Theater (Since 2017)
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Second Solo Art Exhibit - Arts Council of Kern (Dec.2016 through Jan. 2017
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Shafter's Colour's (2015, 2016, 2017...)
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First Solo Art Exhibit - Arts Council of Kern - Aug. through Sept.of 2015
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Bakersfield Art Association (2010 - 2015)
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Kern County Fair (2010-2015)
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