A bit obsessed, really

It seems as if I have become obsessed with the portrait.  I continue to practice for the elusive likeness.  This week, some success, I think.

March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

This is me, but prettier!  My eyes are not as large and my chin is larger.  Still, this is cheaper than plastic surgery!

March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

This is practice from an Craftsy class I am taking: Drawing Facial Features.

March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016

My sister’s sweet little dog, Mariposa, died this week.  I think I put too much focus on the collar!  I hope to give her better justice in a future effort.

March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

Charcoal self-portrait.

March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016

I really like this one.  Not an exact likeness of the person I was drawing, but I like the result – particularly the line work in the shadows.

March 23, 2016

March 23, 2016

Owl from a photograph on my calendar.  I love owls, although they are not easy to draw.

March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

Another one I like.  Older faces have so much character.  It may be hard to capture, but so much more interesting for practice.

March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Finally – a likeness!  I think taking a famous face like Einstein may be easier to achieve a likeness, because of the great features.

March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016

Another self-portrait.  I think I almost have it correct.  My nose is a little bigger, otherwise this is by far the closest I have yet achieved to a likeness of myself.

March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

I don’t wish to do portraits every day, and love natural elements.   It is cherry blossom time here in the DC area, so these flowers were on my mind.  It was nice to play with a little color by adding colored pencils.

Growth, but still a long way to go

I continue to practice drawing portraits.  Finding myself drawn to the human face, I see it as endlessly fascinating!  Ultimately, I want to create expressive drawings and paintings, but I also long to simply and accurately capture the essence of a face.  Usually I use a reference for my drawings, but the first one below came directly from the act of drawing.  I enjoyed watching the image develop without any preconceived ideas of who I was drawing.

March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016

 

The rest of the images are from references.  I quite like some, although they don’t come close to representing the actual faces I was trying to draw.  The one directly below has a lot of character which I love.  I also am continuing to try to draw more birds, animals, and elements from nature.

March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

March 13, 2016

March 13, 2016

March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016

I like the simplicity of this pen drawing above.  Very stylized, but fun.

March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016

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I continue to try and draw a self portrait.  Here is today’s attempt.  The face is too narrow and pinched.  Maybe that is how I feel!  I would really like to be able to get a likeness.  It is hard to look in a mirror and draw because I keep moving, and that doesn’t help.  Trying to get the relationships right is tough. I really admire people who can create a quick sketch that accurately captures a face so that it is instantly recognizable.  I am learning that the slightest mistake can throw it completely off.  I appreciate any suggestions on how to improve!

The Birds are Singing…..

I love Spring. Who doesn’t?  The birds are singing, the squirrels are chasing each other around the tree trunks, and everyone is sneezing.  Ah well, we must take the good with the bad.  This lesson been a recent one for me.  I now know that even when difficult and even tragic events are touching my life, I can still find moments of joy.  I just need to remind myself to slow down and pay attention.

Here are my recent daily drawings:

February 27

February 27 – pencil

I missed my first daily drawing (since January 1) on February 26, so the next day, I made two.

February 27, 2016

February 27 – pen and ink

February 28

February 28 – pen and ink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 29

February 29 – pencil

March 1 From a drawing by Raphael

March 1
From a drawing by Raphael – pencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar_2_2016

March 2 – pencil

Mar_3_2016

March 3 – pencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar_4_2016

March 4 – pencil

Mar_5_2016

March 5 – pen and ink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar_6_2016

March 6 – watercolor pencil

Mar_7_2016

March 7 – pen and ink

Mar_8_2016

March 8 – charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar_9_2016

March 9 2016 – pencil