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Sketching from “The Twelve”

Actor portrait sketch #2 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #2 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series

The Belgian TV Series “The Twelve” is an interesting courtroom drama. The plot unfolds as told by the accused, the victim’s family and each of the twelve jurors. The show is moody and dark and the actors were all interesting to look at. I took photos from the TV since Netflix doesn’t allow screenshots and then sketched from them. 

Below are the reference photos and the sketches. These are all around 11 x 14″. My goal was to capture the correct angle and structure of the head and hopefully a likeness. Once I got to “good enough” I moved on to the next. I wasn’t trying to do finished drawings.

Screen shot reference photo
Actor portrait sketch #2 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #3 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
Screen shot reference photo
Actor portrait sketch #4 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #2 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
Screen shot reference photo
Actor portrait sketch #1 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series
Screen shot reference photo
Actor portrait sketch #4 from "The Twelve" Belgian TV Series
Actor portrait sketch #4 from “The Twelve” Belgian TV Series

The photo above captured the closed captioning from the show (“Were you drinking?”).

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More Portrait Practice Sketches

Sketch of Michelle from Sktchy, graphite, 12x9"
Sketch of Michelle from Sktchy, graphite, 12×9″
Sketch of Tajh G from Sktchy, graphite, 12x9"
Sketch of Tajh G from Sktchy, graphite, 12×9″
Sketch #2 of TJ from Sktchy
Sketch #3 of TJ Smith from Sktchy, graphite, 12×9″
Sketch #1 of TJ Smith from Sktchy, graphite, 12x9"
Sketch #1 of TJ Smith from Sktchy, graphite, 12×9″

These are more of my portrait sketches from the Drawing the Head class I took last summer (doesn’t summer seem so long ago?!) I discovered that starting over is easier than correcting bad starts so I sketched most of them more than once. TJ Smith’s sketch took three tries until I felt like I captured what struck me as his very pleasant expression.

I always like to see how artists interpret their subjects. If you’re like me and want to see the reference photos, just click their names below their images to either go to my Sktchy page (if you have the Sktchy app) or to Sktchy on the web. Then click (PC) or swipe (mobile) my sketch to reveal the reference photo below it.

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Portrait Drawing Study – Raquel

Portrait Sketch in Graphite of Raquel C from Sktchy
Third attempt to get this twisty-necked lady right. Graphite on newsprint, 12×9″

I’m continuing to work with the Loomis Method, which is really helping me. As you can see below, I got a little closer and her nose and jaw got little smaller each time I tried to draw her.

Second Attempt at drawing Raquel
Second Attempt at drawing Raquel
First Attempt at drawing Raquel
First Attempt at drawing Raquel

You can see the model I was working from on Sktchy here. I’ve been working on this project since August but got sidetracked by the election and now that I can concentrate again I’ll be catching up on posting my work over the next week or two.

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Michigan Moron Mugshot Sketches

Mugshots of 10 of the 11 morons arrested for plotting to kidnap the governor, graphite on paper, 14" x 8.5"
Mugshots of 10 of the 11 morons arrested for plotting to kidnap the governor, graphite on paper, 14″ x 8.5″

When I saw the mugshots of the morons that plotted to kidnap Michigan’s governor, I had to draw them. (I know, I’m weird.)

The strange thing about drawing someone is that in the process you begin to see their humanity, develop compassion for them, see the sadness in their eyes, recognize that they have mothers who may or may not have loved them. But still….

Here’s the original mugshot photo I sketched from

Original mugshot photos
Original mugshot photos
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Stella! Back to Sketching Sktchy People

Stella from Sktchy, 8x6” colored pencils
Stella from Sktchy, 8×6” colored pencils

This was the last portrait sketch I did before beginning on some intensive head drawing study. More about that coming up on my next posts, but wanted to get this one from over a month ago posted first. You can see the reference photo by clicking on my sketch on Sktchy here.