Tag Archives: pencils

Freehand Graphite Drawing of Johnny Cash

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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Freehand Colored Pencil Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton Drawing from “Twister”

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.

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Freehand colored pencil Marilyn Monroe Portrait

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…

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Updated Freehand Graphite Tauriel from “The Hobbit”

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…

Graphite Freehand Portrait of Rachel Weisz

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.

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Tiffani Thiessen


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.

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Han and Leia (Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher) from Star Wars

han-and-leia-copySigh. It’s hard to believe Carrie Fisher is really gone…

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.

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Colored Pencil Drawing of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”

la-la-land-copyAmy 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 😉

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Colored Pencil Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) Portrait

picard-star-trek-copyI 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…)

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Pencil Drawing of Evangeline Lilly

evie-hands-copySometimes 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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