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Sketch of Zoey K.

Zoey K from Sktchy. Graphite on copy paper. 8 x 8 inches.

My pencil drawing can’t do justice to her bright red hair (see her photo on Sktchy here) but I’m still limiting myself to pencil to improve my portrait drawing skills.

I’m trying to work out how to address the distortion that is in almost every selfie because of the wide angle lens held close to the face. Perhaps the best solution is to just go with it and not worry about realism. Maybe everyone is used to seeing each other via selfies and that’s what we think people look like now anyway?

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Fun Portrait Sketch of Pulcherie

Pulcherie, Graphite pencil on recycled printer paper, 11 x 8 inches
Pulcherie, Graphite pencil on recycled printer paper, 11 x 8 inches.

This portrait of Pulcherie was so fun to sketch! According to her Sktchy profile, she is a French artist living in China. You can see the original photo reference on Sktchy here.

It’s always such a gift when a drawing just goes well! I was able to do this one in a couple of hours while listening to Barack Obama’s latest (audio) book that he narrates. I never noticed before that he had a slight lisp but I’m sure I’m hearing one on the S-sounds when he reads aloud from his book.

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Yikes! Really, 2021?

Sketch of Eegan from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11x8.5 inches
Sketch of Eegan from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11×8.5 inches

And that’s about all I have to say about 2021 so far! Yikes!

You can see the original photo reference on Sktchy here.

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Happy New Year Flower Garland with Onlooker

Happy Flower Garland with Onlooker, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 11x8"
Happy Flower Garland with Onlooker, graphite, colored pencil, 10×8″

When I saw the reference photo on Sktchy for this drawing, I loved the happy smile on this guy’s face and the perplexed expression of the man in the car next to his. It expresses my feelings for the new year: grateful, happy optimism for better days ahead and the dismayed confusion and general WTF for last year.

Here’s to a joyful, healthy and less socially distanced 2021!

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Sketching H.P. Lovecraft: His Horror Stories No Match for 2020

HP Lovecraft #4-2, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #4 1/2 (corrected #4), graphite on paper, 11×8″

H. P. Lovecraft wrote supernatural horror fiction that expressed his view (and 2020’s) that humanity was an unimportant part of an uncaring cosmos that could be swept away at any moment. When I came across his photo, I thought sketching him would be a good way to close out the horror show that has been 2020. After my 5th and final attempt I’m ready to leave him–and 2020–behind!

Above is my final attempt, with corrections added to sketch #4. Below are the first four sketches and the original photo. Which one do you think came closest? I think #3 turned out to look like Mark Zuckerberg, LOL!

HP Lovecraft #1, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #1, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #2, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #2, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #3, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #3, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #4
HP Lovecraft #4, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft Web Photo
HP Lovecraft Photo