A Side, B Side, Geek Side

My husband has a YouTube podcast of sorts call A Side, B Side, Geek Side. He interviewed me a few weeks ago about my drawings and I wanted to share that interview here. It really shows how much I know about actual art; not much.

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Steps to Shailene Woodley

I wanted to film a speed drawing but my first attempt didn’t work out so I took pictures of each major step here.

Light outline with HB mechanical pencil

With 2B pencil fill in face with flat mid tone and smooth out with a tissue.

Still with 2B, add some dark areas around features.

Continue adding dark and erasing for lighter tones using a 4B pencil and kneaded eraser.

Start hair with mid tones with 4B.

Add dark areas of hair with 6B pencil and erase lighter areas with kneaded eraser and mechanical eraser.

When I’m somewhat satisfied with the head I move on the arms with the same mid tones with 2B.

Start detailing hands and work down the arms with my 4B.

Almost done. I’ll use a 6B on the shirt seen.

After some finishing touches here and there, usually adding contrast and making sure dark areas are actually dark, which is one of weaknesses, I have a completed portrait.


I hope this showed clearly somewhat what my process is, right now. I hope to get that speed drawing done next. Thanks for reading!

As always, Keep Drawing!

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Another Sunday Quickie: Vintage Charcoal

I surprised even myself with this one. It took me about an hour to complete, not counting laying out the grid I used. So much fun to do.

I competed the hair by using the side of a charcoal stick and making the hair shapes, smoothing it out, and adding in simple details with an eraser and white charcoal. I’m going to try another drawing soon using these techniques to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

Keep Drawing!

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Sunday’s quickie: Harrison Ford

I recently acquired black drawing paper so I can try out white charcoal pencil on it. So when I miraculously had a moment to myself on Sunday, I tried it out on a Harrison Ford drawing. I only spent about 45 minutes on it. I’m happy with what I was able to do with it in that time.


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Natalie Portman

The source picture I found of Natalie Portman was so adorable, I had to draw it. It’s also colorful and happy…such is the downfall of graphite. One day, when I do color pencil, I’ll have to redraw this to show those colors.


This is 5×8 inches.

I’ve always liked Natalie Portman. She seems to do pretty good movies most of the time. Not many actors get a premiere like The Professional and completely avoid the teen movie pigeon hole. She’s always been pretty legit.

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Jared Leto

Who doesn’t love Jared Leto? He’s Jordan Catalano, a rock star, and now an Academy Award winning actor.

He’s had this long hair for a while now and I’ve grown to like it so I found a simple picture to draw of him rocking it. I’m pretty sure it’s from Oscar night.


11×14, HB-6B.

I saw 30 Seconds to Mars live in 2006. It was awesome and Jared Leto is super weird on stage. At least I thought so at the time. It was my first rock concert.

Keep Drawing!

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3 New Drawings

I’ve been drawing a bit over the past month and forgot to show it on my blog! Silly me. My family went on a quick trip to visit/meet some family and while we were gone, I was determined to get some drawing in. I didn’t get much in but I got a start on this Patrick Stewart.


By the time I got the face finished, I was ready to move on to something else. So I just outlined the clothing and called it good. It’s a 5×8 inch size.

I decided to do kind of a companion drawing, so why not put together the bromance of the year. I did a quicker version of Ian McKellan here. Both of these reference pics came from Vanity Fair.


A lot more sketchy. I didn’t feel like doing more. 5×8 inch.

And most recently I finished this one of the lovely Marion Cotillard.


It’s 11×14. It didn’t turn out as smooth as I hoped but it’s fine.

I’m also starting to actually scan these drawings instead of taking pictures of them. I think they look a little better since they then stay perfectly proportioned. Still working on my editing skills though.

Lately I’ve been looking for new reference pictures on Pinterest. I’ve been finding gorgeous pictures, but the bad thing is that I’ve been finding too many! One good picture leads to many more that are even better. So I’m a little overwhelmed and don’t know what to draw next.  I’ve kind of been wanting to draw a group picture. Like 90’s faves, *Nsync, or the cast of Friends, or Will & Grace. I’ve been watching and listening to those lately. The bad thing is that I’ve been ADD about my drawings, if it takes longer than 3 days to do, I want to stop and do something new. So group drawings probably aren’t the best idea. Eek!

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