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Audrey Hepburn in Pencil & Charcoals

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I was thinking about watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” again, but decided to draw a portrait of Audrey Hepburn instead. But this is obviously not what her character looked like in the movie.

This was really fun and challenging, because she had such beautifully unique features, namely her eyes and cheek bones. I also used a gray-toned stick of charcoal that actually looks like a yellowish-brownish color which I like a lot. I think it gives her more character somehow. So on my app for Instagram I found a background colir to compliment it.

I found snapshots from the movie of her holding “Cat” which I would like to try and paint. I went crazy browsing on Pinterest last night!

I have more energy this week since I finished my class for Let’sFaceIt2020 on Monday! I want to paint another abstract portrait but try using a credit card to do the swiping since I won’t get my wedge painting tool in the mail until next week.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Chinese Girl in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this drawing of this cute young Chinese girl. Her clothing was my biggest challenge, but I really want to practice drawing and painting clothing! I poused an app to put the red backgroubd in for my instagram page. I like how th red looks against the white background.

Her hair was easier to make dark since on Friday I went to Michael’s and bought some darker, softer graphite pencils. When I use those, I don’t have to press as hard to darken anything so it isn’t as hard on my arm. All the ones I have are down to about 1/4 inch or less in length now; I have had them for years. I plan to get a few more pencil extenders soon so I can use the smallest pencils as completely as possible.

I don’t know what this week’s project for Let’sFaceIt2020 is going to be yet. And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Sketches in Pencil

 

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Over the last week or so I have been working on sketching fairies in different poses after studying through my book by Brian Froud called “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.”

I used his poses, but changed their faces and clothed them as a lot of his are nude, ha ha! Also, they don’t all have wings, but not all fairies do! I will keep working on these until I get them to look the way I want them to look.

So that’s all for now!

Have a wonderful day!

 

Andy Warhol in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!Β 

I have been working on this portrait of Andy Warhol over the last few nights. I find his features to be challenging, especially his hair! I was going to make it shorter like I’ve seen it in many photos. But then he also wore it longer at times. But the main thing I wanted to capture is the intensity of the serious expression he wore in so many photos.

My next project this week will be my next lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 with Toni Burt as our instructor.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

“Elves in Love” Pencil Drawing

 

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I sketched these little “elves in love,” as I call them, in pencil to work on more of my fantasy character studies.

I couldn’t begin my painting for Let’sFaceIt2020 this week until today. We had a planned power outage this week because of high winds in our area. So we didn’t have power from Tuesday night until about noon on Thursday.

I wanted to draw the figures onto a black canvas, however, I didn’t have one. So I painted black gesso onto a white canvas. It’s nice to have black gesso on hand to do this instead of buying black canvases as they are more expensive.

I am going to paint Japanese women on it with acrylics. And I’m planning to use bright colors and also paint their faces like Geshias. I hope they turn out well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

“Peek-a-Boo” Girl in Acrylics

 

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I spent the last few days working on this painting. I admit I had to trace her outline. This was one of the most complicated ones I have attempted! My favorite part of this was painting her shirt.

There are some places that could be a little darker, but I had a hard time getting the right shades in the right places! Ha ha. So I am calling this one complete now. This was from Week #17 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I skipped it then. We are in Week #34 now!

I did not do the portrait lesson last week or this week yet. But I plan to catch up at some point. I have been drawing more fantasy characters in pencil. I may be able to share more later this week.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Fantasy Characters in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

I have been working on sketching some new fantasy characters this week. Yet no matter how I start sketching out “ideas” for how I want them to look, they always end up in some kind of scene! I actually came up with the girl elf on the far right a long time ago. So I re-drew her and added her purse and shoes. I think she might be going shopping for some pointy new shoes.

There isn’t really anything for the tree to be surprised about unless it SEES something we can’t see! Having a few extra eyes must be great!

We are doing well here. I hope you are all doing well, too.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Self-Portrait!

 

Hello Friends!

I began working on this drawing on Monday this week and finished it last night. This is my very favorite picture of myself. I was just 3 years old! My mom had this taken of me in a photo studioΒ  back then. So the photo I have is an 8×10 which made it pretty easy to draw from.

Yesterday I got some air dry clay and sculpting tools in the mail. I am excited about playing with all of it today. I have never used sculpting tools before, so it is always exciting to learn something new. I think this is why I never get bored anymore.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Black Woman in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is a portrait I worked on for a few days. I found the picture of this beautiful black woman on Unsplash.com a few months ago, but I put it aside with some others I found back then. Her skin and features just struck me as exotic.

I may try to do this one in another medium, too, at some point. Doing pencil work makes my neck sore more than painting. I think I lean to one side without realizing it, because I am usually watching t.v. in the evenings when I am sketching. But the good news is that the shoulder I had fixed last November doesn’t hurt at all. That still amazes me!

I hope everyone is doing well! Take time out to be creative! My daughter has gotten into making earrings to eventually sell online. She gave me a pair, and they are beautiful! It’s fun to see her excited about something. She starts back to college online next week and is taking five classes! We are very proud of her.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!Β 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

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