Here’s a freehand graphite drawing I did of Johnny Cash. I completed it in a couple nights in March, 2017. Admittedly, I didn’t grow up listening to Cash’s music, but I have grown to greatly appreciate his artistry, especially after seeing the film about him, “Walk The Line.”
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If my memory serves me correctly, the first film I saw at the theater with just friends was 1996’s “Twister.” Upon hearing about Bill Paxton’s tragic passing, I felt it necessary to draw him with Helen from the film. This was done freehand in colored pencil.
It’s nice to try new things from time to time. For this one, I tried laying down a layer of marker on her face before going in with colored pencil. I found it tricky to cover up the marker, but I liked the effect it gave to, say, her lips. It’s definitely a learning experience though…
Sometimes it’s nice to get a second shot at something. Recently, someone purchased my original drawing of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit with the intentions of getting it autographed by Lilly at a convention. They asked, however, if I’d add green to her eyes. I obliged, and at the same time, decided to adjust some of her features (like the nose, lips and chin).
I also updated the Etsy listing for prints to be this new, updated version (But you can choose between the two). You can see the old one below the Etsy link…
It was hard not to love Rachel Weisz in the 1999 remake of “The Mummy.” I’d attempted a portrait of her once before but was pretty unhappy with how it turned out. This drawing is all graphite, done freehand, on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
While I was a lot younger than the characters on screen at the time, I did grow up watching Saved By The Bell, and who didn’t love Tiffani Amber Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski? In more recent years, I loved her role in the show White Collar.
I’m wanting to improve at my freehand colored pencil portrait skills, so I found this lovely picture of Tiffani Thiessen and decided to take a stab at it.
I love the BBC show Sherlock and have done a couple drawings of these guys before (several years ago now), but I’ve never drawn them in color. The reference photo I used for this drawing not only was saturated in blue colors, but had the guys standing further apart. I decided to squeeze them into the same frame and keep the blue tones. I’m a little on the fence on if I like the blues in this, but it was definitely a challenge to do overall.
I use my iPad as a way to display the source photo I’m drawing so I can look at the image and then try to replicate it on the paper nearby (by eyeballing it). Anyway, I keep a folder of images I like that I’d like to possibly draw someday and this was one that was in it for quite a while. Well… with Carrie’s passing, I thought it was time to try it. (Freehand colored pencil)
It now hangs in our dining room.
Etsy link for prints:
Amy and I used to have date nights almost every week when our preschooler son would stay over at his grandparents. But with him in school now, date nights are few and far in between. Right after Christmas this past year, we had one rare night out and I decided to surprise her by taking her to see La La Land. All I knew about it was that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were in it, it was getting great reviews, and it was a musical. Turns out, she LOVED it, and so did I, and I decided to attempt a freehand drawing of the pair. It was … tricky to say the least, but she seems to love the drawing, so I suppose that’s all that matters 😉 But you can be sure I won’t be doing anything quite this complicated again for a while 😉
I grew up watching Star Trek (in addition to Star Wars. We can like BOTH, people.), but I especially liked Star Trek: The Next Generation as a pre-teen. I’ve done a couple drawings of original Star Trek characters before, but never anyone from TNG. Picard marks the first… (Although, fun fact, as I was learning to draw, I did a bunch of sketches of the ships from the show. I still have them somewhere…)