Graphite drawing of “Stephan” a young Caucasian boy in a white tee shirt and jean overalls next to a paint peeled automobile.

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One look at Kenneth Laird’s renderings and drawings can take your breath away. His incredible attention to detail and keen eye for light and contrast shows his sincere dedication to capturing a mood and drama in each stroke of this chosen medium.

Laird considers himself a draftsman, but says like all artists he is constantly trying to improve his basic drawing skills of quick gesture and foundation studies. Laird has used many mediums in his work but has always gravitated back to his artistic roots by drawing with graphite pencil.

“…drawing is like great jazz music; it can happen by improvisation and beautiful accidents.”

Laird states: “There is a big difference between drawing and rendering! Rendering is compared to technically playing a musical instrument extremely well, drawing is like great jazz music; it can happen by improvisation and beautiful accidents. I personally believe that if any serious artist can master the pencil any other medium can be done as well. Drawing and sketching is the essential foundation for all great creative endeavors.”