When I decided to draw this picture I thought, “Fun, pretty, not too complicated.” 9 hours into that skirt I was about ready to cry. But I didn’t give up because I liked how it was turning out. This took a total of about 15 hours to complete (12 hours on the skirt). I haven’t spent that much time on any drawing in a very long time.
Appreciate the skirt. Appreciate!
The source picture was taken for a 2005 Elle magazine and I want the outfit today.
It’s 11×14. 2B-6B pencil used, lots of blending stumping going on, kneaded eraser.
After this I’m currently cleansing the palate with a smaller drawing of just a face.
What’s your favorite Uma Thurman performance? I love the Kill Bill movies.
I’m ready to reveal my first drawings, the very first, of people, at least. All of these drawings are of gymnasts. I’ve mentioned before that I was a big gymnastics fan and that love inspired me to get started in drawing.
Up until I was 13 years old, I enjoyed drawing but only drew animals. I was a big animal lover. I also copied Disney characters. At this time, I wanted to be an illustrator.
One day, sitting in class after finishing part of one of those assessment tests we did every year, I pulled out a small 6×4 inch notebook a drew a gymnast.
They got worse from there.
Finally I used a reference photo for my first portrait.
It’s of Amanda Borden
By the time I was on my second little notebook, I had improved, a little.
Then I started using reference pictures again. And pretty much stuck to them ever since.
Whew, I did it. I showed the dreaded beginnings. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? This is where I really started, and haven’t stopped (really) since.
Here is a new one of Samuel L. Jackson.
I love fedoras. The hardest part was the jacket, like always, fabric textures stump me.
11×14, 2B-8B, blending stumps, paintbrush, tissue, kneaded eraser, eraser pencil.
What’s your favorite Sam Jackson movie/performance? My favorite performance from him is Pulp Fiction, but let’s face it, the best movie he is in is Jurassic Park. “Hold on to your butts.”
I often wonder while browsing through deviantart.com how some of the top pencil artist get some perfect blacks in their drawings, without a blemish or visible stroke. I think I’ve figured it out: Digital editing. Whenever I finish a drawing, I first take a picture of it. I do this outside since I don’t have good even light in my house. Then I import it into photoshop and do some adjustments to make sure it looks as close to the original as possible. Sometimes that doesn’t translate too pretty when there is tons of black, in my opinion.
Graphite is reflective. So it’s difficult to make it look great and truly dark. I like the drawing in person but on the computer it’s lacking.
So I took a chance and went bold on this one and really darkened it up while still trying to make look like a drawing. This was the result.
Better or no? I told my husband that I felt like I was cheating since the drawing isn’t black, it’s gray. He assured me it’s not cheating since I was adjusting the drawing to be better viewed on a computer screen. He may be right.
Anyway, about the drawing itself. I followed a tutorial about how to get detailed skin tone and texture. I had a blast doing it and loved the result. Amazingly, this drawing only took a total of 5 hours! I guess I was just into drawing this one.
It’s 11×14, 2B-8B pencil used and all that usual stuff.
What’s your favorite Clive Owen movie/performance? My favorite is Children of Men.
My favorite book(s) of all time are the “Anne of Green Gables” series. I grew up watching the movies starring Megan Follows and loved the character of Anne Shirley. I wanted to be just like her, and of course, marry a boy just like Gilbert Blythe. I read the books for the first time in my early teens and fell in love all over again.
In college my roommates and I watched all three installments of the movies constantly. We would fast forward to our favorite parts and watch little scenes we loved over and over again.
I don’t own these movies on DVD and I don’t own a VCR, so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen them although I’ve been in the mood to watch them again.
So to get through this hankering to watch, I drew Anne Shirley.
On 5×8 mixed media paper. The usual materials used. About 8 hours.
When I heard about Annette Funicello passing, I was kind of saddened. I really enjoyed the Beach Party movies and her music. I was introduced to her at a young age and always liked her genuine goodness. So, as a tribute, here is her portrait.
That hair. It wasn’t necessarily difficult, but it was a challenge. Since modern hair styles are more free flowing, a hair out of place doesn’t make much of a difference. But with these 60′s bouffants, every hair is in place, so more time needs to be taken than what I normally spend on hair. I like the result.
11×14, 2B-8B pencil, tortillon, brush, tissue, 8 hours.
This is just an iphone photo so please excuse the quality.
This drawing is a small one, 5.5 x 8.5 in. (About A5 in size). I did it small since I wanted a no fuss drawing to see if I “still got it”. It’s not perfect but I’m pleased. I hope you are too.