Sometimes I see a photo and just really feel inspired to try to draw it. I loved Evangeline Lilly in the show LOST and was honored when she shared one of my previous drawings on her social media channels. But, truth be told, I haven’t been completely satisfied with any of my drawings of her yet. So when I was between drawings, I decided to take a stab at this one (and honestly, I started it once, it wasn’t turning out, so I scrapped it. I then tried again a few nights or a week later). I do kind of like this one, but I still doubt it’ll be the last time I draw Evie 😉
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OK, so sometimes after a long day of double the work, I don’t feel like doing anything work related (in this case, two commission drawings in progress), or even the fun projects already in progress. On this night, I just wanted to draw something new and in just graphite pencil.
I started another Evie drawing, posted the progress to instagram and later the next night, this happened:
After doing a more “basic” colored pencil portrait of Han, I wanted to venture into more colored pencil portraits. So, as practice, I decided to draw Evangeline Lilly again, but this time all in color. The skin tones were definitely a challenge, but I found it to be pretty good practice.
While rewatching the LOST TV series again, and after having done a series of LOST character pencil drawings a few years ago, I decided to add Charlie Pace to the group. Also, after doing a lot of colored pencil work, I find it to be a palate cleanser, so to speak, to work in all graphite again. This definitely fulfilled that. 🙂
OK, so I have a soft spot for Evangeline Lilly. After drawing dudes a lot, it’s just nice to stare at a pretty face while drawing. This one was a challenge (as usual?), but I enjoyed it. Instead of turning to colored pencil or an Ebony pencil for the darkest areas, I’ve been using an 8B, and really liking the results. But it’s always a challenge not to just be too heavyhanded with stuff, so I have to make sure I just don’t turn into a little kid with a crayon and layer on the black areas. I’m mostly happy with the end result. But, still, there are times when I feel like I could keep working on it forever (something I’m dealing with with the current project)…
It’s time for me to part with some more of my original works. I store them in my portfolios and I realize they’re just being “wasted” hidden in between pages of other hidden works — when people can be enjoying them on their walls or wherever. The pricing depends on how much I really rather keep it, the amount of time that goes into them, the popularity of the actor/character, and what it might cost if it were a commission piece.
Here’s a gallery of all the originals I just added to my etsy store. Once these originals are sold, that’s it! So get them while you can!
Close to finishing Optimus, I wanted to start a new drawing just for pure kicks. I tend to troll the web for inspiring photos to attempt to draw and I had this one on my iPad for months (probably when I was looking for a photo of Evangeline for the first drawing I did of her as Kate in LOST). This source photo was actually a 2010 TV Guide cover I believe. Truth be told, I’d purchased the wrong Bristol paper pad — vellum instead of smooth — and didn’t notice it till I got home from the art store. So I decided to just try this paper again with a just-for-fun drawing. (And, let’s face it, she’s got quite a lovely face for casual drawing!) I want to keep practicing and practicing and I wanted to see if I could really push my detailing.
I found that I like the look of the vellum texture. Looking at the photo above as I type this, I can see the difference — and I wouldn’t want vellum instead of smooth for ALL my drawings — but I definitely see the merit in the vellum tooth of the paper.
After starting this one, I actually started a second drawing project and worked on both this one and that one (more on that soon) on the same nights, just doing a little here and there on each. It was fun because I could take a break from one and just go to the other and back again. I’ll definitely be doing that again.
Etsy link for prints:
Ever since “discovering” and becoming a hopeless LOST fan in 2012, I’ve enjoyed Evangeline Lilly’s work. I was pretty stoked to learn she was joining the world of The Hobbit and, recently after revisiting The Lord of the Rings film, I just felt inspired to draw Tauriel from the second Hobbit film. I enjoyed drawing Evangeline as Kate Austen a year or so ago and have enjoyed her as a subject. This was the drawing I started while taking a break from the recent Egon Spengler project.
Etsy link for prints:
I’m always uncomfortable with self-promotion, but I realize if I don’t do SOME then people won’t hear about such things as… Black Friday art print sales!
Here’s an ad for a sale I have running this weekend. Thanks for looking! Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JohnDiBiaseArt