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!
So if you want to get technical, this COULD qualify for part of my 365 portraits challenge to myself. (It could, honest!). This is really a still life though of my sketchbook on top of a fitness magazine with the box of markers to the right and an empty bowl to the left, all on top of our outdoor patio table. It was breezy and cool the other day, but my boys just kept begging to go outside. The sun was shining and they were occupied for the most part, so who am I to say no.
After finishing this, my one son decided to draw repeating “egg” shapes on the opposite page. I of course was covering up this sketch with my hands while he played. I’m sure if I turned my head even for a few seconds, this sketch too would be adorned with purple “egg” shapes.
Here are some drawings done in pencil. The baby is one of my sons when he was about 4 months old. I couldn’t quite get his hand and fingers right. They look like the legs of a crustacean to me!
The other drawing is of my dad in a more sketchy looser style. Of course in this drawing he looks like a cross between my dad and my uncle.
The other drawing is from my sons’ first October. We were at the park and rolling around in the leaves. I love this photo (not shown), but here is the drawing.
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.