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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!

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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)

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And a time lapsed version (about one minute). 

I hope you enjoy!

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

A rose -by any other artist – is still a beauty to behold!

A little over a week ago, I posted a tutorial with over 100 pictures showing how I draw a rose. Then a few days later, I posted a video where I drew another rose in 20 minutes.
In these tutorials, I wanted to be sure that there was enough visual content to make it as easy as possible to follow along.
Yesterday, I got a message from a man named Andy S., who followed my tutorial and drew a rose of his own, using my tutorials for guidance. Here’s his message:

“First, I can’t think you enough for putting these together. I’m watching for more :-). I’m going to practice with flowers this week and see how it goes. Would love your feedback on my first attempt. I’m brand new to this, so getting used to the kneading eraser was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t use Bristol paper so that may have made it more difficult. I’ve purchased Bristol for my next attempt.”

His drawing blew me away.   This was his first attempt at drawing a rose, and he did a phenomenal job:  Continue reading

Simple method that helps a busy mom like me find time to practice drawing every day!

“I just don’t have time to draw!”

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If the above title is something you’ve found yourself saying, believe me: as a mother to 8 children, I understand!
I recently wrote about the value of drawing something every day.

I’ve said it before but I think it’s worth repeating: I think drawing every day is the single BEST way to improve as an artist.

It’s not always easy to find time for drawing. Sometimes it feels impossible in this busy world.
But it’s worth it if we really want to see lasting results.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we really do make time for the things that are important to us, don’t we?
For example, how many hours do we spend on Facebook some days? Or maybe catching up on a tv series? Or pursuing other activities we find enjoyable?
If we really, really want to, we can find time to improve our drawing skills.
I frequently draw while watching tv (well, I don’t do much “watching”)…Or while listening to a podcast or YouTube video…Or while letting hyper children jump on my back. 😜
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One Way You Can Create a Completely Original Piece of Art With Your Imagination Today.

When I was a child, I used to create my own unique stories and pictures using my imagination.  I didn’t really worry about what others thought of my drawings- I just drew them because I enjoyed the process so much.
As I got older, I started to care more about what people thought about my drawings, so I started trying harder and being critical of my own work and trying to impress them.
I spent hours per day trying to learn how to improve my drawings, but I think I must have stopped using my imagination somewhere along the way, for the most part.
I did not visualize a concept and try to put it on paper. I just copied what I saw and drew that alone.
I  learned to see what I was looking at and how to copy it on paper, but many of my drawings lacked a certain spark of creativity and individuality. Continue reading

How I Draw a Rose in Less than 20 Minutes – Real Time


A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about drawing a rose. The post had over 100 pictures.
But I decided today that for those who are visual learners – who need to SEE moving images to really understand – to create a video for them as well!
My son, Caleb, made a wonderful intro for me and even created the intro music for it. You can view his SoundCloud here.
I am sure as I continue making videos, I will improve in lighting, sound quality, and editing (this was my first time trying), but for now- I think that it should be educational in letting you see some of the techniques that I use when I draw!
Also, I am open to constructive criticism and tips if you are skilled in video editing!

Please let me know your thoughts! Did you learn anything from watching this video?

Drawing tutorial- how to draw a rose

Thank you in advance for your patience if the pictures I’ve posted below take a while for your computer to load. I have uploaded over 100 for this tutorial!
Today, I was trying to think of what would be a good subject matter for teaching a tutorial on this blog, and I finally decided on a simple rose.
I found a free stock image of a rose on Pexels:
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I would love for you to follow along with me as I draw this rose. Also… it would make me so happy to see your results! 
I decided to freehand this because I want to demonstrate that with certain subjects, such as flowers, trees -or most anything in nature really- can be drawn without worrying about exact proportions.
You’ll notice my finished drawing is not precisely accurate to the photo (if you were to compare them side by side) but still looks like a rose.
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I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re following along and wanting to draw this if you do it freehand you might get frustrated with yourself if you find that your rose doesn’t look exactly like the picture- or maybe it doesn’t look ANYTHING like the picture.
If you find yourself feeling this way, please remind yourself that you’re learning, and people don’t learn everything overnight!
I’ve had students who have sometimes managed to throw away perfectly good pieces of work because they couldn’t look past the imperfections (what they deemed failures) to see the beauty they had captured and expressed in their drawing.
I can understand why they feel that way because I remember when I used to get so frustrated with myself when I would try to get the measurements right and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get it to look like I wanted it to. And there were those times that I would tear it up and throw it in the garbage, regrettably.
But then, later, I would think…wow, wish I could see that drawing today. I would like to see how I’ve progressed since then!
And as for the ones I hated at the time but actually managed to hold on to, I’ve been able to look back and think to myself, “you know, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was at the time!”
There’s a lot of emotion that is behind the way we feel about our drawings.  So today let’s just try to draw this rose together for the fun and enjoyment of it! Continue reading