Here is a pencil portrait from a photograph of my son. It looks nothing like my son, naturally. However, I was pleased with the results for the most part. Done in my moleskin sketchbook with a basic Ticonderoga #2 pencil. For the life of me I couldn’t get the nose right. I’m just amazed that I had 20 minutes or so to work on a sketch today. My boys are particularly lazy today, maybe due to the 90+ degree weather outside. Enjoy.
We took our first camping trip of the year last weekend to beautiful Woodford, Vermont. I (attempted) to draw (between interruptions from twin crazy boys) one of my child’s Adirondack Chairs. It’s a little messed up, but I don’t care. I often like smallish mistakes in drawings. One more addition to the Moleskin sketchbook, done with Micron black ink pens in a #5. Never mind the bizarre “rock” formation to the right…
This car has a history, a short one. When my husband was in the military, he found this car in some Northwestern state and bought it. He drove it all the way across country to his mom as a gift. This was at least two decades ago, and sadly, his mom never drove it or used it, and so it sits. We’ve had people offer to take it off of her hands, but she refuses. Odd, right? It’s a robin’s egg blue color and is starting to rust pretty good. It would probably be an easy fix up for someone who has the love for it. Sad. I’ve photographed it many times, and drawn it a couple as well. Here it is in my moleskin sketchbook, first done in pencil, then in Micron black pen. Enjoy.
Here is a quick sketch I did last week while my boys were playing on the beach. This little boy was drinking from the coveted juice box while standing in the water. He moved quickly, so this was a little challenging to capture him. It was a really hot and sunny day, and the beach was packed, which is to say stuffed since our beach is uber tiny. This sketch was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a Micron #3 black ink pen. Enjoy!
I recently took a leap of faith and left a job I’ve had for the past eleven years for a new one. A totally different, hopefully more rewarding, job working with people with disabilities. A far cry from retail, I know. To the point of this post… I had the opportunity to sketch a little during the week long orientation. I know I started a quest for 365 portraits awhile back, which i admit failed miserably, but there wasn’t much to sketch in the room we were in except people, so I went for it. These couple of sketches were done with ballpoint ink in a tiny little sketchbook I only recently rediscovered in my workshop, and have thus started carrying it around in my handbag. I guess it finally came in handy. Enjoy.
Just thought I would share some of the portraits that I have done in the past. I’ve gotten some crazy requests actually, hence the new header image of Bella, a custom portrait done for a friend of mine’s previous employer.
I’ve also done another of Chase for a friend at a local gallery. I have to say that this is by far my favorite.
Then there is Grace, another custom portrait done in the realist style. All of these portraits are done in Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Bristole board. I think I enjoy doing the zany ones a bit more than the realistic, only because there is more freedom with color and design. (p.s. I also do cats)
Here is the latest, sorry for the hiatus, things have been busy around here and I spend most of my days outside with my boys. This is a sketch done with Micron ink black #5 pen in my Moleskin sketchbook. It’s of a bicycle I picked up on the side of the road for free which the boys argue over. It has no pedals, and they can barely reach the ground, but it’s still favored. I can see the obvious mistakes, but the fact that I even got ten minutes without interruption to sketch is a miracle, so I’ll take it. I may finish it out by adding more cinder blocks (which edge our garden) and maybe something in the background. Unsure yet. Enjoy!