Here’s the final scan of the aforementioned Superman portrait.
After seeing the film “Man of Steel” at midnight on 6/14/13, I started work on this drawing later that morning. I finished it three days later (but “four” sessions: 6/14, 15, 16, 17) in the AM…
I used mostly Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils but drew his face/head with graphite pencils.
Etsy link to purchase prints of the final drawing:
With all the hype surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, and with the recent completion of my drawing of “Shatner” Kirk, I decided it was a good time to add Spock to the mix.
For this one, like the Kirk drawing, I did all of his skin in regular pencil and then drew his uniform in with Prismacolor colored pencil. I do enjoy these mash-up drawings and will probably do more like that in the near future. However, the next project that I’m working on now will be all pencil.
This one was started on May 24th I believe, and was completed on June 1st.
Etsy link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/152791200/drawing-print-of-leonard-nimoy-as-spock?
After finishing the Indiana Jones drawing, I decided to return to drawing something from scratch and worked on this image of Sean Connery as James Bond. I’d wanted to draw him, but didn’t want to draw one of the most commonly seen iconic images; there were enough drawings of those. I thought something unique would be best.
This was completed in May 2013 with various grades of graphite pencils.
Etsy link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/152791136/drawing-print-of-sean-connery-as-james?
This drawing has kind of an interesting story. I started it on February 5, 2009 and worked on it for a total of five different times during that month before abandoning it. I really didn’t like how it looked and I didn’t like feeling like I was wasting time on it. And, at the time, I wasn’t drawing regularly anymore.
After finishing the Minority Report sketch that I had similarly stopped working on in 2002, I was inspired to then pick up and rework/finish this one. I resumed work on it on May 6, 2013 and worked on it every night, missing one consecutive evening, until May 15. (It’s the same paper, same drawing as the original, just altered with lots of erasing and layering on top of what was already there.)
Ironically, one of my least favorite drawings has become one of my new favorites…
Etsy link (for prints):
Below is a phone snap of the drawing that I recently took of its 2009 status before I started working on it again…
This was the state of the drawing as of
After heeding a friends recommendation to watch the BBC “Sherlock” show (thanks Beca!) and discovering just how excellent it is, I also learned how big of a following the show really has. So after a few requests for a portrait drawing of Benedict, I decided to take the leap.
I worked on this one every night (well… morning, really) from April 27th to May 6, 2013. It’s completely graphite pencil as well. I was kind of “finished” with it a night or two before actually finishing it, but decided to really push myself with detail. It’s not a comfortable thing and I know I “need” to. And I’m so glad I did! Still, I think it’s something where I could just keep working on it to death, but after laying in a light background, I was pretty satisfied with it.
By the way, if at all interested, you can check out the Etsy prints listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/150410374/drawing-print-of-benedict-cumberbatch-as
(finished product, April 27, 2013)
This drawing has an interesting story to me… I started it in my sketchbook on December 30, 2002 and apparently only worked on it the following day before never coming back to it. (Although I remember working on it on a break at my job at the time, so I assume I did pick it up in 2003 at some point? But I never wrote the date on the back if I had). I didn’t touch it again until April 23, 2013 and I worked on it on the 24th, 26th and 27th to finish it. It’s really satisfying to have it finally finished 10 and a half years later!
My process and style certainly changed over time too. My reference for the drawing in 2002 was a promo screenshot from the movie that I’d printed out in black and white. To work on it in 2013, I found the same photo as a wallpaper graphic online and viewed it on my iPad as a reference. The additional detail was a huge help. For parts of the scene that weren’t in the reference photo (background, and some parts of his arm and fingers and hair), I paused the film and used that as a reference.
…and working with sketchbook paper reminds me just how much I do NOT miss that crummy paper to work with.
The original drawing as abandoned after 2002/2003 as it was found in my sketchbook before working on it again. As you can see, I had lots left to do, but the basic groundwork had already been laid out.