This portrait of Dan Akroyd from his role as Ray Stanz in Ghostbusters marked my return to portraits in 2004. It’s the first finished drawing I started probably since the Jim Caviezel sketch. While some drawings rested unfinished in a pad somewhere (including Harpo Marx, which thankfully I finished in 2005 and Harrison Ford as Han Solo from Star Wars…….. which I still haven’t finished!), it felt good to get this one finished.
I used a wide variety of pencils for this one, like the others, and used regular acid-free drawing paper. Oh, and for the record: Smoking isn’t cool. This is just a classic shot of Ray from the movie and the photo inspired me to replicate it.
The only memory I have of drawing this one was actually when I visited my old college NCC one night with a college friend of mine who had been taking classes there, but had broken their foot or something and needed a ride to the library. I just sat and worked on the Ray drawing while they did research. Funny the weird random things we remember…