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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

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.

kimwexler

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!

 

 

 

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.

saul goodman, james mcgill, jimmy mcgill, slippin jimmy

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!

bryan cranston hal walter white

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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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!

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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 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?