Much of the joy in creating new ‘graphite’ faces is studying the development; I do this through photos. I take quick iPhone photos of the stages of ‘works in progress’ because it is often easier to see where I need to tweak facial features in a photo. I seriously get some kind of a “drawing high” too when I look back at a slideshow of the photos – crazy, huh?. [What in the world did Picasso do with no iPhone? … ha ha!]
This initial fascination might wear off at some point but for now, I still take a quick photo after every couple hours or so of working on a project. Here is a slideshow of Bill O’Reilly’s progress. It was my 3 or 4th drawing after I started – definitely not the best, I sort of cringe when I look at some of the facial features I drew back then (8 months ago, lol), but it keeps me humble to show the world, just keeping it real. There are only six pictures in this slideshow; sometimes I have up to 20, but this will give you an idea without boring you.
This slideshow of Taylor Swift is sort of fun to scroll through as well.
Thanks for viewing!
I never thought about drawing animals, but when Barbara Adams, President/CEO of CareerPro, Global Inc. (www.careerproglobal.wordpress.com) asked me to draw Lola and Bella, though skeptical at first, like most other opportunities that come my way, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! I loved drawing them and watching their faces come to life on paper. Lola is the smaller puppy, and Bella, the older dog, passed away in 2013. I guess I will add pet portraits to my ‘repertoire’. 🙂
This was drawn as a 50th Wedding Anniversary present.
Those who live in Georgia have surely heard of Tripp Halstead (www.facebook.com/tripphalsteadupdates), the 2-year old little boy who suffered head injuries when while playing in the yard of his daycare a tree that had been weakened during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 lost a limb that fell on him. It is an incredible story and God has really worked a number of miracles for him and his family. Their journey is still being chronicled on the link above.
I was perusing their Facebook page one day and saw the sweetest photo of him and his mom … A perfect new drawing challenge. You will have to see the original photo on their site as I haven’t gotten permission to use it on my site. The finished drawing turned out okay. I was pleased with it at the time. Drawing it made me think at some point I’d like to do a ‘Mother and Child’ series.
After the ‘First Face’, I thought it would be best to try and draw famous people, that way, when I was done I could gauge whether or not I had succeeded based on if others knew who the famous person was. I also selected these particular faces for specific reasons: Meryl Streep’s nose, Magic Johnson’s smile (..and because he was my high school crush, oh yeah!), and Taylor Swift, well, just because she’s Taylor, and i needed to try drawing a young person. Their unique features were a fun challenge. After only a few months into drawing at this point, I think there was some level of success.
This is my very first drawing. I dubbed it: ‘OBAMA – The First Face’. 🙂
The choice reflects no political affiliation but simply what was chosen for me as a first project in March 2013. I post it not because I think it is all that great but because it reminds me how just a few months before I realized I could do this, I was beginning to feel burned out in life and like I had done all I was ever going to do (I’ve done a LOT of things but middle age has a way of making one feel like that).
This drawing changed things. Technically, I look at it now nine months later, and think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty bad – I could do so much better now.’ I know exactly what to do to make it look so much better, but I choose not to modify it because it signifies a turning point in my life and because I need to always remember where I started.
Last year this time, I was thinking about what the year 2013 would bring. The new year has always put me into a contemplative state of mind … I always want to know that I I haven’t wasted minutes of my life. I always want to do memorable, important things. Last year this time I wanted and needed something new to happen. I had no idea this new thing would be the development of a talent. A talent that would lead to the start of this blog and a related Facebook page. See the My Journey tab to see how this all unfolded.
Thank you for visiting and/or following my art journey. I pray it is as much of a blessing to you as it is for me.
The first day of a new year! Just a couple of weeks ago I never envisioned I’d be starting the new year with a new blog! Especially one focused on my artwork.
I am looking forward to all the new, seen, and unseen things to come in 2014!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!