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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…


Pencil Drawing of Evangeline Lilly

Evie-Hair-copyOK, 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)…

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More Original Pieces Up for Sale

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!




A Handful of Original Drawings Now On Sale


I find it difficult to part with many of my original drawings, but I realize I can’t keep them all… So I’m cleaning shop a bit.

These are original, 9×12 drawings — not prints/copies — so they’re one-of-a-kind, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

What is available:
1. Thor / Chris Hemsworth (Avengers)
2. James Bond / Sean Connery
3. Vesper Lynd / Eva Green (Casino Royale)
4. Ray Stantz / Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters)
5. Indiana Jones / Harrison Ford (The Last Crusade)
6. Audrey Hepburn
7. Michael Scott / Steve Carell (The Office)
8. Luke Skywalker / Mark Hamill (Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back)
9. Michael Westen / Jeffrey Donovan (TV’s Burn Notice)
10. Evan Baxter / Steve Carell (Evan Almighty)
11. Bilbo Baggins / Martin Freeman (The Hobbit)


First come, first serve, so if you want one – this is it! Thanks!

Pencil drawing of Evangeline Lilly


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:

Pencil Drawing of Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit


After drawing Tauriel, I decided it’d be cool to do a Gandalf drawing. However, I didn’t quite realize the horror of trying to draw his dang beard until I tried to. Needless to say, I ended up having to take several breaks while working on it, and only work on it in spurts of time, to make sure I pushed through it. Honestly, if I’d tried to draw this several years ago, I would have quit before finishing!

It was drawn entirely using graphite pencils.

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Drawing of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TaurielEver 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.

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Black Friday Weekend Art Print Sale!

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


Pencil Portrait of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit


Following seeing The Hobbit, I felt inspired to draw this Martin Freeman suited up as Bilbo Baggins. The detail in the shirt was definitely a challenge, but it felt worth it in the end. It was done entirely with just regular wood drawing pencils I believe.

[Etsy Listing for Ordering Prints]