Myrna Loy and William Powell

I drew this picture in December of 2009 as a gift for my wife Amy for Christmas. William Powell and Myrna Loy starred together in about eleven or twelve films together, six of which were part of the popular mystery comedies “The Thin Man.” I started this on a Saturday while relaxing at home during a snow storm (December 18th, I believe), and completed it about two nights before Christmas (I believe I was watching “White Christmas” when I finished it. πŸ™‚ ). To date, it’s probably among my favorite portraits that I’ve done.

This drawing was done with the usual grades of pencil on a piece of Bristol board paper. I used 4H to lay it out and then stuff like 3H, H, HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B and 6B. Finally, I used my preferred Ebony Jet Black pencil to get the blacks blacker… and then rubbed in a makeshift background since the original photo didn’t really have one.


  1. Fantastic rendering. You’ve captured a beautiful, passive passion they seemed to have for each other. Stunning!

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