Stop putting yourself down – you are already an artist!

Have ever noticed that there is a connection between your artwork and the way you feel about yourself?

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Drawing of Anthony Bourdain (Memorial)

When I heard the news two days ago of the passing of Anthony Bourdain ( travel writer, celebrity chef), I was shocked and saddened.

I used to watch No Reservations on the Travel channel quite often and really enjoyed it. Anthony was a most beautifully gifted writer, being able to put things into words in a way that enriched the experiences he was speaking of so much. He loved to dine with the rich and the poor alike. I know that he will be so very missed by many people who knew him, including his wife and daughter.

It’s so saddening to know that he was feeling so lost that he resorted to suicide as a way out. So many people would have reached out and been a support system had they known. I wish he hadn’t felt this was the only way.

I decided to draw a portrait of Anthony Bourdain in his memory:

And I have a tribute video of the process of this drawing at the link below. Continue reading

How to Draw Teeth That Don’t Look Like Chiclets

Have you ever been drawing a portrait and been discouraged because the teeth you drew look like Chiclets gum?

Yikes! Continue reading

Time-Lapsed Pencil Drawing of Kim Wexler from AMC’s Better Call Saul

 

I have been meaning to post a drawing tutorial for the last week but have just not had the time that I would like to devote to it.  I plan to have another one out soon.

In the meantime, I was able to create a time lapsed video of a picture I drew of Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) a few days ago. Kim Wexler is another character from AMC’s Better Call Saul and is a fantastic character in the show.

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Some things that you might notice that differ from the last time-lapsed video I did of drawing Walter White (from Breaking Bad):

  • Since I am drawing a woman, the facial features are much softer. To create these softer tones, I use a blending stump rather than a pencil to create the outlines in many areas of her face (such as her smile lines and the edges of her nose). This allows for a much softer outline, which looks more realistic and closer to the photo. Drawing stronger lines with pencil would result in making her look more aged and unnatural.
  • There are no harsh lines or deep shadows on her face…only very subtle tones. Except in her eye area and lips, of course.
  • I added elements (ponytail, jacket) that were not in the reference photo.

As I find the time, I plan to eventually make several tutorials on how to accomplish these things.

It took me about 2 hours to complete this drawing. The video below is about 2 minutes in length.

After watching the video, I would like to know your thoughts:

  • What do you find most frustrating when trying to draw portraits?
  • Maybe you would like to know where to start when drawing a face?
  • Maybe you would like to know how to draw realistic lips? Or a believable nose?

Any questions and comments will be very helpful in giving me information that will help me decide what to teach about next!

Also, if you find any of the information on my blog or the youtube channel to be helpful to you, please subscribe to see more!

 

 

 

Choosing the Best Reference Photo for your Drawing

As a freelancer, I get all types of reference photos to draw; some good, some bad.

I work with all types; however, I can see a tremendous difference in the quality of my work in the pictures that I drew from low-quality reference photos.

The reason for this is that when I’m drawing, I am gathering information about the subject of the picture from the photograph and translate that information on to paper.

If that information isn’t there, all I have to go on is my imagination to fill in the gaps.

Here is an example of an image that I was given last year of a beautiful couple I know.  It’s a nice photo to look at, but when it comes to drawing, it does not have a lot of clarity since it was a snapshot taken without good lighting. And that makes it very difficult to work with. Continue reading

Drawing Characters From AMC’s Breaking Bad + a Question for You!

I am a big fan of AMC’s television show, Better Call Saul. I actually am impatiently waiting for the next season to finally come out.

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Picture courtesy of Widewallpapers.net

I first started watching Breaking Bad when it came out in 2008, because of the fact that I was intrigued by the fact that Hal from Malcolm in the Middle was going to be playing such a dark character. It was so hard for me to imagine him in that role!

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Picture courtesy of Hollywood.com

It turned out that the show was very good, very intense, very interesting. And of course, when Better Call Saul came out afterward, I had to watch it too!

In the last week, I decided to draw some celebrities from the shows Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and to create a time-lapsed video of me drawing Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) so others could see the progress of creation.  Let me know what you think.

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Links to Two New Drawing Posts With Video!

 I spent the majority of the last week working on changes to my website, including a move to a different host… because of this some of you may not have received notifications of the last two post that I made.

The two posts you may have missed are:

How to draw a realistic eye- in real time ( 1hour)

Eye drawing

And a time lapsed version (about one minute). 

I hope you enjoy!

How to Draw a Realistic Eye – Time Lapsed

  1. Eye YouTube thumbnail Yesterday, I posted a video of me drawing a realistic eye in real time. I made it so people could follow along and draw with me (it’s one hour long).

For those of you who don’t have an hour to watch but would like to see the process, I have uploaded a time-lapsed version. Enjoy!

You can subscribe to my Youtube channel here.

 

How to draw a Realistic Eye: Video Walk-Through in Real Time

Would you like to learn the process of drawing a realistic human eye?

There are a lot of tutorials about drawing.

Many of them are absolutely terrific, and I still learn from them today. Many of the artists who create them draw so much better than I do, and are able to articulate their process much better than I can.

However, one thing I do notice is that many of the videos showing how to draw eyes or hands, etc are time lapsed.

While time-lapsed videos are really fun to watch – and I really enjoy watching them – these kinds of videos may not have all the information that you’re looking for when learning to draw. Continue reading

How to draw hair for beginners

Have you ever wanted to draw hair but get frustrated because every time you try, it looks like this?
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Or this?
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But you want to draw hair like this:
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Or this?
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How can you go from drawing hair as demonstrated in the first two examples, to drawing as demonstrated by next two?  Continue reading