Colored Pencil on Black Paper of Stana Katic

Stana-Katic-white-on-black-copyWhite-on-black drawing isn’t the easiest, but sometimes when I see certain black-and-white photos, I feel like they could possibly work in this format.

I don’t remember where I first saw this image of the lovely Stana Katic, but I think it was before she started using the original photo as her profile photo (but I could be wrong… I may have just forgotten that that is where I’d found it originally🙂 ). What I usually do is keep a folder of photos I’d like to potentially try to draw some day, so one night I turned to this one and gave it a shot. I struggled with the proportions and getting it just right, and also used a mix of grays with the white to try to push the realism if possible.

After working on it, taking a break, and then coming back to it several times over the course of a few weeks, I decided one night to just finish it. A little self-conscious about the results, I still decided to post it to Instagram/Twitter. I was surprised that people seemed to like it… but even more so when Stana herself re-Tweeted it later that evening. (See below🙂 )

My Twitter feed ended up exploding with Stana fans offering their encouraging feedback and it really lifted my heart that night.🙂

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Colored Pencil “Friends” Drawing – Joey, Chandler and Ross

Friends-Fellas-copyIt was tough to find a good promo photo of all three Friends guys that looked like the guys did later in the series. Surprisingly, all of the promo photos were from earlier in the series (and fans know how much Chandler changed throughout the show). I did my best to update Ross and Chander’s hair a bit… and… I drew a smiling face of Joey’s instead of the stern look from the source photo. Because, after all, Joey would be smiling or making SOME kind of face instead of the odd blank expression he had in the photo.

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Colored Pencil “Friends” Drawing of Monica, Rachel and Phoebe

Friends-Girls-copyI didn’t watch the show “Friends” when it aired. I’ve seen a couple episodes before, but not much. Although, I do remember having some family over for the airing of the series finale. Recently, I started binge-watching the show on NetFlix while drawing and just fell in love. I decided to draw the girls together in one portrait and do my best to do it in color. I’m happy with the outcome, and so I decided to follow it up with the fellas…

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Pencil drawing of Reese & Finch from TV’s “Person of Interest”

Person-of-Interest-copyI love the show “Person Of Interest,” and I figured, as the series came to an end this season, that it would be cool to do a drawing of both Reese & Finch together. This one was tough to map out right on the paper freehand, and I found myself struggling to squeeze them both in to frame. I also wanted to do it in graphite and found that a struggle as well for some reason. I added in the yellow “Machine” target squares near the end, which then presented the challenge of keeping the yellow colored pencil clean during the process… Suffice it to say, this one was a challenge and I’m not all that satisfied with how it turned out. But alas, here it is…

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Marty and Doc from Back To The Future / II

Marty-and-Doc-full-color-copyAnother movie I like doing drawings for is Back To The Future. But I’ve never done a drawing of Marty and Doc together. This image is pretty iconic–which is also shared in both the first and second movies (although I do think this is probably at the beginning of Back To The Future II after they remade this scene). Anyway, the drawing is made with colored pencils on 9×12 Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters”

Venkman-Yelling-Full-Color-copyEven though Hollywood has made a parody of the original “Ghostbusters” film with a reboot (which I refuse to see), the 1984 film is still my all-time favorite film. And it’s just really fun to draw these guys. I love this crazy image of Bill yelling in the Sedgewick hotel scene versus Slimer… and I wanted to try drawing it. (Thankfully, I liked the end result enough to add it to my art studio/movie room🙂 )

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Colored Pencil Portrait of Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)

Gal-Gadot-copyI still am not all that comfortable with colored pencil. I see a lot of colored pencil drawings on Instagram and I just marvel at the detail and life-likeness. Granted, a lot of these drawings are mixed media, but not all of them. And while I like to stick with one media at a time (like all pencil in a drawing instead of pencil, pen, market, paint, etc), I want to improve at my ability to capture realism.

I loved Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman and am looking forward to her upcoming solo film. I want to improve at colored pencil portraits and decided to choose her for the latest attempt.

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Colored Pencil Captain America Drawing (from “Civil War”)

Cap-2016-in-color-Civil-War-copyTo accompany the new Bucky drawing–and to draw a new suited up Captain America in full color–I decided to attempt a new freehand drawing. I drew it out in pencil first and then erased that and drew it in colored pencil (which is typically my process for colored pencil drawings)

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Elizabeth McGovern as Snow White

Snow-White-May-2016-copySometimes I get the honor of doing commission pieces. This is a full-color colored pencil drawing of Elizabeth McGovern as Snow White from “Faerie Tale Theatre”.

Pencil Drawing of Blake Lively

Blake-Lively-copyThe only reference I had for Blake Lively’s work as an actress was “Green Lantern,” which most movie watchers would agree isn’t a good one (but it was for her, since she met her now-husband while doing that film). However, upon seeing “Age of Adaline,” I loved her performance in that, as well as the dreaminess of the film. This drawing is mostly graphite with a hint of colored pencil for her lips and pupil.

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