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Greg DiNapoli
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Today, the world of architectural illustration is littered with digital, computer generated work. My goal as an artist is to show the viewer the beauty and detail of architectural subjects in the traditional medium of pencil. Excellence in realism is what I strive for, as my drawings intend to emphasize all of the elements and surroundings of a building that make each one so unique. I study how light interacts with each structure and through value contrast and varying pencil strokes, create textures that lift the subject off of the paper and bring the architecture to life. Achieving this with just a pencil challenges my skill, tests my humility, and ultimately rewards and inspires me to create more.


Freedom Rising by GregDiNapoli
Freedom Rising
"Freedom Rising"

Graphite pencil 3H-5B Mars Lumographs & 0.3 Pentel GraphGear 1000 Mechanical.

My most difficult and time consuming drawing to date, "Freedom Rising" depicts One World Trade Center, often referred to as the Freedom Tower, rising over lower Manhattan. It is a symbol of the resiliency of New York City and America. Prints can be ordered here:
Holiday-Ad-2014 by GregDiNapoli

The Holidays are here! To celebrate, EVERYTHING in my store is 20% off, now through December 21st! Every print, magnet and mug! Makes a great gift for any shore lover. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Old Barney by GregDiNapoli
Old Barney
5.25" x 13"
Mars Lumograph (2H-6B) and mechanical pencils 
25-30 Hours

Barnegat lighthouse, often referred to as "Old Barney," was built in 1857 and stands 172 feet tall at the northern tip of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. This is the second time I've drawn this lighthouse in the last year or so, as I was hoping to see some improvement. Overall, there are some things I like, and other things I don't like about this drawing. Prints are available here:…;

Thanks for looking.

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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on 'Out To Pasture'
Much appreciated! :)
GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Its truly unbelievable work. Any tips you can offer, like how you were able to create all the textures and detail in the shrubs and plants?
MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
You're too kind.
Patience is the main thing with highly detailed sections like the grasses, shrubbery and peeled paintwork/rust, etc. Sometimes you just want to tear the paper up, but if you keep at it, it starts to come together.
I used a finer grid for the dense grass detail to get the proportions and outlines correct. Putting in a few key shapes and lines at the grid points allows you to join the dots and minimise inaccuracies. Beyond that, I used a 5H or 3H pencil to lightly key everything in first - that way it's easily fixed with the eraser. Once I filled the detail in and shaded areas to the correct value, the trick is to erase the grass detail back to white with the edge of the Tombow eraser.
And repeat - until you go insane. ;)

I'll be putting some detail shots up on my FB page shortly when I get the time - maybe later this week.
GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain your process. Those are basically the same steps I take, but I probably give up too quickly before I achieve the polished look of your work. I guess practice, patience and time are the keys, and unfortunately I can't seem to find any of those! Your work is an inspiration to keep at it though, and I appreciate it. Thank you so much for the favorite of my "Freedom Rising" drawing. Can you offer any more criticism or advice for my work? I'll be sure to check out and follow your facebook page. I have one as well,…, thank you so much.
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding my 'Arrival' drawing to your favourites Greg, it's much appreciated. Feel free to leave a comment. Nod 
Statham75 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch, friend:)
GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
most welcome.
cfischer83 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching!
GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you!!
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding my 'Big Ben' drawing to your favourites. Feel free to leave a comment.
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