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Audrey Hepburn in Monochrome

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to paint my first monochrome painting in acrylics. This was really challenging, however, I was working from a black and white photo that is the cover of the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney.

The only colors I used were, black, white, and Payne’s Gray. I painted it on a 12×12″ canvas. I was going to do a charcoal drawing of it first. But I started sketching it in pencil and then decided to paint it in acrylics instead. I still may do a charcoal drawing of her, but from a different picture.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in Pencil & Charcoals

 

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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

 

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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!

 

“Elves in Love” Pencil Drawing

 

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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˜€

 

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!

 

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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˜€

 

 

Fae Rhapsody

 

Hello Friends!

This scene started out with my drawing new characters in the fae world out of my own imagination! It is so much fun to do! I did not intend for it to be a finished drawing. But creatures in the fae world are tricky with us humans sometimes! So I ended up listening to them tell me what they wanted happening.

I hope you take a few minutes to look closely at what all is going on here! Most likely you will have to zoom in and look around. They were a fun bunch to spend creating over the last few days.

However, notice that none of them have wings. But many creatures in the fae world are not fairies, and not all fairies have wings. (Besides, there wasn’t any room for wings!)

I plan to put some of these characters into other drawings and paintings soon. The hardest part for me is always putting characters in a setting to tell a story without words. I am very interested to hear what YOU see happening here. Please leave a comment! Thank you.

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

 

 

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