Nikon and Porsche Photography Contest Winner – Martin Eisbrenner

I am happy to share and would like to congratulate my husband, Martin Eisbrenner, on his  recent accomplishment.  Last month he was announced one of three winners in a National Photograph Contest sponsored by Nikon and Porsche.  As the winner he was awarded a new Nikon Df camera and the use of a 2015 Porsche 911 Targa.

The concept behind the contest was to capture unique architectural rooflines similar to the rare, innovative roofline of the 2015 Porsche. The hardtop roof of the Targa 911 gracefully opens and in one continuous motion disappears neatly into the trunk area of the car.  This continuous flow of motion is mimicked in the architectural line of the new SAIT Aldred Centre seen in Martin’s photo below.  Emphasizing speed and flow, the jet contrails are a nice addition.  The overall composition of the photograph generates a fresh, free-flowing, open feel.


Check it out Porsche 911 Targa.


Coming This Summer

I will be adding a link to Martin’s Photo Gallery on my Home page.

Photos of the Targa 911 to come.


Back to the Process

Being out-of-town for a couple of weeks put a halt to the Process, now that I am home I am excited and eager to continue.  As promised I am posting a few photos of the next stages.

I usually start from the left hand side of the my paper.  This helps reduce smudging the drawing as I work.


Moving to the right and down, I continue to add detail and define shapes.  As I work my hand is resting on paper to keep oils from getting on the drawing surface.  I never smudge with my fingers.  Oils from hands and graphite don’t mix well.  When oil is deposited on the paper the area becomes darker and hard to control.  Give it a try, in your sketchbook not on your drawing. 🙂


Before I draw the mane of the horse, I try to lightly shape the body of the horse.  It is just easier this way.  Creating shape for the mane to flow over creates a more natural look.


Continuing on, I will go back and forth to add deeper shadow areas, knockdown highlights, or add new highlights.  Standing back from the drawing or looking at it from a different angle helps me to see which areas look flat and need more depth, and where proportions are not right.  Looking at the drawing in a mirror is also helpful.   I usually leave the background area for last, but I am trying to incorporate it as I draw to help decrease smudging in the drawing.  As you can see, I have not progress too much on the background, actually, not at all. 🙂

I really enjoy this stage of a drawing.  It is really hard to put it down, I just want to finish!  Keep posted, the finished drawing should be up soon.