I wanted to work on a portrait of an older person with wrinkles. I had found this picture of Sean Connery a few months back and thought it was pretty cool. I think it’s an unused promo picture for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
This one took a while. About 17 hours total. I drew this on Bristol vellum paper. HB-8B pencil used.
I hope the wrinkles look good. On DeviantArt there are a lot of excellent portraits where artist make wrinkles beautiful. But there are just as many, if not more, where the face just looks dirty with wrinkles. I hope mine is more of the former.
What’s your favorite Sean Connery movie/performance? My favorite is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I hope you enjoy this one. I really enjoyed drawing it.
How can we ladies not fall for the baby-face of Leo DiCaprio? This drawing was particularly challenging because I had a hard time not making him look so young. I wanted him to look more Howard Hughes age and less Arnie Grape age (I think the source picture was taken when he was nominated for his Oscar for The Aviator). With a trim here and deeper shadows there, I think I finally got him out of the Jack Dawson look.
11×14, 2B-6B pencil, tortillon, tissue, 8 hours.
The first thing I worked on was the hair. For some reason it was important to me for it to look good this time.
What’s your favorite Leo movie? Hard for me to say. It might be Inception or Catch Me If You Can, or even Titanic (says my 15 year old self).
I’ve decided that I don’t like doing black backgrounds. I have a hard time making them work. But here is Meryl Streep.
It’s about an 8×11 drawing. HB-9B pencil used. About 8 hours to complete.
Maybe next time I won’t do a completely black background, but I was just going off the source picture which is an Herb Ritts photo from 1998.
Is it possible to pick the best or even a favorite Meryl Streep movie? I can’t choose, she’s too amazing in everything.
Hello! It’s been a while and I’ll explain in a moment. But first, Happy Anniversary to my blog! One year ago I started this blog so I can have a designated space to talk about my drawings, old and new. I honestly didn’t expect more than some family members to read it but I currently have 67 followers! Thank you so much for that! It feels good for a learning artist like me to know that people are actually seeing my stuff and care to see more.
When I realized the one year mark was coming up I decided to redraw the first drawing I finished after starting this blog which was this one.
I wanted to show that I had improved in my craft over the year so here you go, the new and improved Downton Abbey Sisters.
I will need to get a better picture of this drawing at some point. It’s a little blurry.
A little side by side comparison.
I would say that there are definite improvements. The faces are closer likenesses, shading is improved, better detailing, even more contrast. Did I improve on lace? Heck no! Lace is awful.
I was going to add some background to the new one, but decided not to so it would be a clearer comparing drawing.
So I have improved this year! Yay! Now for the reason for no updates in a couple months. Well, I think it was a mix of lack of motivation and being overwhelmed. I currently have 7 uncompleted drawings hanging around. SEVEN! I’ve started all of them over the past 3-4 months. I think they’re looking good and for some reason I lose interest in it and stop. The Downton Abbey was first completed drawing since Uma Thurman, and that was in May! I’ll have to figure something out to get me really motivated again.
Anyways. Thanks again for reading this blog. I appreciate the support. I promise (mostly to myself) to keep updating and improving.
Well hello. I’m in a motivational rut right now. For a few days now, I haven’t had any desire to draw. But I then again I do. It’s weird and frustrating, but I don’t want to force it.
However! That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing little things. Here is what I’ve been doing lately.
At the library, I found an instructional book about how to draw with crayons. The artist and author is Lee Hammond. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be, but still fun.
Another thing I tried is creating face from scratch. I hadn’t tried this in many years but I think it went well. They are pretty sketchy.
The most recent drawing I’ve done is of Joshua Jackson. I thought the picture was so cool, so I had to draw it. It’s not completely done yet. There are still some fixes needed on his face.
And here is an hour sketch of Chris Pine.
New episodes of “Arrested Development” is only 5 days away! Are you ready? My husband and I have been re-watching the previous seasons so it’s fresh in our minds. So I decided to do a scratch board for fun. When I saw the source picture in Entertainment Weekly a month ago, I knew I would have to do it as a scratch board project. Buster Bluth is my favorite. Everything he says and does cracks me up.
I love doing scratch board, and it had been a while since I’d done one. This isn’t really where my real skill is though. I’ll stick to drawing mostly, with an occasional scratch board, of course.
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.