Here are my most recent portraits done in pencil in the same sketchbook (on unknown folio paper). The drawing to the left was my attempt at drawing a moving portrait as my son would just not sit still. His hand is crude as you can see. I basically gave up on this one and did no pursue it further. The drawing on the right is of my niece Elyse when she was a year old. I drew it from a photograph and in a harder pencil than the one on the left. The ears tripped me up a bit in this, and although the photograph here is not seen, her face is a big longer that the way I drew it. Otherwise I think it is a pretty good likeness!
As you can tell, I do not have time to do a drawing a day! My twins take a lot of my time, but I’m still trying to complete at least one or two drawings per week. I think if I could simply settle on the idea of actually “sketching” (you know, quickly) then I would get more done. My works are so tightly drawn that I feel as though I sometimes find myself focusing too much on accuracy and the fun and ability to be whimsical escapes me.
Here is a quicker sketch in Micron black ink (quicker than what I’ve been doing anyway). I wanted to be a little bit faster because I think drawing too “tightly” and detailed has been a factor in my drawing so far.
Here is another attempt a portrait. This is my older step-daughter, now in the military, on the day of her high school graduation (no idea who the guys is). I really have trouble with mouths and teeth, it’s quite evident! The thing about working with ink is once the line is down, there’s no erasing it, so you’re stuck. I should probably work more in pencil to start, something slightly more forgiving, even if I consciously try not to erase. My boys make it difficult to practice these drawings lately like I originally wanted to. Never the less I’m trying! Ultimately I’d like to be able to start rendering in colored pencil.
Here is Day 3, or the third sketch in my portrait series. This is drawn from a photograph of my son, Easton, when he was 3 months old. I used Micron black ink pens on some unknown paper I made a sketchbook from forever ago!
Here is a portrait done in my sketchbook of my friend Elana in pencil. Sadly, it looks nothing like her. The mouth I couldn’t get quite right! Argh! Practice makes perfect though right? And so I trudge on.
Here is Day 1 of portraits. This is done in Micron black ink on (I think) watercolor paper. I’m using an old sketchbook that I made back in college to hold these drawings. Half way through this drawing I swore … Continue reading →
For those of you who might follow this blog, you’ll notice that it has been revamped a little. The focus of this blog will be a little more about my art in general, not a specific type of art, and more about everything that I dabble in. You’ll see art that I create with my kids, too, because they are my life.
In addition I would like to kick off the new year with a challenge. I myself need to work on portraits and have been wanting to do so for some time. So I will be launching an art challenge: 365 Portraits. One a day for the year (and yes, I know that we are already a month into the year). I urge you to participate as well by creating a portrait a day in any medium and style you choose. Please feel free to comment and link your own image or website.
This is a recent piece that I created using pipe cleaners for a juried show entitled “Define: Color” It was not granted into the show unfortunately, but the gallery curator loved it! (they had a guest juror).
This dress was created for a local art show about the history of the building, now turned into artist studios, but once a shirt factory. My grandmother worked in this building a long time ago, so it holds some special meaning to me. I chose recycled materials, and created this dress out of brown packing paper and newspaper. The dress was created on a very old dress form that my grandmother found at a garage sale. This is currently on exhibit at The Shirt Factory Gallery until September 27, 2014.
For whatever reason, I cannot find pictures of the dress that I took before bringing it to the gallery, of course. If I find them I will post them. This is the picture at the gallery, which doesn’t show a whole lot of detail.