Kelli Swan specializes in the beautiful and striking effect of black and white graphite pencil drawing. Her detailed illustrations depicting a variety of themes have won many awards in prestigious juried art shows. In addition, her drawings have been widely published. Kelli’s artwork resides in collections in Europe, the UAE and the United States. She received her BFA with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Akron in Ohio. Using a variety of pencils, Kelli creates depth and movement through the use of perspective, rich tonality and a number of rendering techniques. She begins with research and photograph studies of her subject(s). Next, she explores various creative approaches with a series of rough sketches. These sketches are refined and ultimately lead to a final line-composition. Then, the final rendering begins. It can require 100 hours or more to complete a large pencil drawing. Kelli draws her inspiration from a life-long love of animals and nature.