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Baby’s Portrait



Materials: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B

This one was really fun to draw. It was time consuming taking about 16 hours. I personally love drawing babies. I think their expressions are so much fun to capture. Overall I’m pleased with the way this one turned out.


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The Tango


purchased from SOURCE

Time: approx 8 hours. 

Materials 8B, 4B, HB, H, 2H, kneaded eraser

I am so pleased with the way it turned out. My last drawing I kind of rushed through, so this time I made sure to take the time so I would be happy with the outcome. There were a lot of “firsts” for me in this drawing. This is the first time I’ve ever drawn folds and creases in pants (super challenging), the first time I drew a wooden floor, the first time I’ve ever used an 8B pencil (what can I say, I love contrasts, shading, utilizing a large array of values ;). Other things were familiar–the composition of the bottom half of figures, as well as figuring out the obvious light source (which always makes shadows & highlights easier as in the Ballerina sketch.)

I’ve also noticed my pictures are now much more complete than they have been in the past. When I drew my frogs, for example, I never added in any background elements, just a picture of a frog on a log/stick. Now, I’m trying to make drawings whole & complete by adding in background elements, even if it’s just shading (if that makes sense…sometimes I tend to ramble on..and on..)

I had so much fun drawing this, it was challenging, educational and pushed me to my limits.  Hope you enjoyed! 

P.S. Over the past week I’ve gotten so many kind comments on my blog. I appreciate every single one of them and through them I’ve been exposed to so many talented, inspirational, & beautiful art blogs 🙂 Thank you! 

Face of a Lonely Girl.


Time: 2 hours

Materials: 4B, HB, kneaded eraser.

Since I’ve been drawing “headless people” lately, I figured I’d draw a face. Let me just say, portraits are HARD. I rushed through this, which is probably evident. I like the emotion in the girls face. I’ve identified with the feelings she is experiencing: lonliness, sadness, hopelessness. Thank God I’m on the other side. There IS hope, there is such thing as victory & overcoming. And that’s my story, and that’s why I drew this girl. She USED to be me. I felt what she felt and drawing this “self-portrait” I guess you can say, was a refreshing reminder of where I came from–a dark place. It’s not the case anymore. Now I’m whole, healed and FREE. And though this was the old “me”, it’s never a bad thing to reminisce about where you ONCE were, as it serves as a reminder to be grateful for how far you’ve come. 

PS I still haven’t improved at drawing hair… womp womp. 


Over a month. Yikes!

I really haven’t had a lot of time to draw, but found some time in the past week to start and complete this pic:


TIME: 5ish hours

MATERIALSS: 2H, HB, 6B, Kneaded Eraser

This was one of those pictures that you kind of dread starting because you aren’t really sure how you are going to go about doing it. I knew it would be cool/fun/challenging to do, and I really liked the picture of the dancer. Plus right now, I’m really liking the composition of drawing people, but without the face. I thought drawing a dancer or ballerina would fit into that category. I’m completely happy with the way it turned out. I won’t say its my best work, but it was fun and I appreciated the challenge.

The contrasts in the image were so dramatic, and I loved how obvious the light source was. Light source is so essential when drawing (or painting) and is something I’m always looking to improve. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, but in this case it wasn’t, and drawing the reflections & shadows was so beneficial to my “drawing experience”.

Plus I got to work with negative spaces and use the backdrop as a way to identify the dancer/ballerina so that was a new twist to my drawing I enjoyed 🙂

Hopefully it won’t be another month before my next drawing, but I make no promises. I do have 2 young kids.. time (and solitude) are rare resources around my house 😀

Baby hands and feet


Time: 5 hours

There are things I want to draw, then there are things I am inspired to draw. This drawing was the latter. This is a first original, completely done without reference. It is actually drawn of my 8 month old. I wanted to remember his chubby legs, hands and feet. I know how quickly the baby stage passes so I enjoyed studying and observing his cute features and documenting them through pencil.

It was way easier to draw than initially anticipated. I took my time with the hands and feat, carefully played Attention to detail ad am pleased with the simplicity of it. Its  unique composition, which made it interesting to draw.

I made sure to work on not overshading. And the whole drawing was done with  2H pencil And the shadows were darkened with a HB.

Baby Feet

Materials: 4H, HB, B, 4B, kneaded eraser

Time: 6.5 hours.

I’ve been sick! So I haven’t done a whole lot of drawing around here. But it’s nice to be back. I’ve been wanting to draw baby feet forever. I dunno why, but I ADORE baby feet, call it a weird fetish or whatev. I have a 5 month old and I can’t get enough of his cute toes and feetsies.<—apologies for the baby talk. I’m pretty excited about the way this one turned out. I purchased a photo on the cheap from a stock photography website and then drew it. This was the first drawing I’ve done from a photograph & it proved to have its challenges. The shading was easy, but getting the realistic detail was the hard part. Hands proved to be very intricate and I definitely look forward to drawing more.

The human eye..take 2

Something about the human eye is so fascinating to draw. Maybe it’s the depth, the glassiness, the mystery, the color or 3D quality, but I’m not sure. It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Eyes tell a story, portray emotions & reveal a lot about a person, so maybe that’s why I find them fascinating. They’re so much more than just a body part, they’re a connection between the physical & the spiritual…and they are just beautiful, no? It’s one of the first things you notice about a person.

Materials: .5 mechanical pencil, HB, 4B & kneaded eraser

I took my time on this one & it took about 4 hours. I wanted get the detail right and achieve better depth & detail than I did in the last eye. I also had my graphite set this time around, so I was able to create a greater contrast by using blacker pencils than the .5 mechanical pencil.

Blending is very important when it comes to shading, and for my last eye drawing, I relied A LOT on blending, this time I used more of the cross hatch technique for shading, and in some areas it’s more obvious than others. I think it’s more controlled than blending, but that’s just personal opinion–blending is better in some scenarios, and I just wanted to play around with both.

This coming week I’m going to be working on hands and feet. Stay tuned!

First Portrait

They say that portraits are one of the hardest things to draw. They also say that when you first start drawing portraits, do NOT draw anybody that you know. Pick random people, people you’ve never seen. I’ve been practicing individual facial features–eyes, noses, lips, teeth, ears–different angles, genders, etc. So…I decided to put them all together & try my hand at my very first portrait. It was SO difficult. There’s proportions, shading, making sure it looks realistic, shadowing, highlights, etc.. all these things have to be precise in order for your portrait to be believable, to make sure the person you are drawing looks human and not alien.

So I bring to you my very first portrait: A fictional 7 year old boy. I used a reference picture of Benjamin (my 3 yr old) to use for angles, shading & proportions, but I changed his nose, chin & face shape to make a distinction between him & my son, Ben.

I’m not sure why there are pinkish red hues in the uploaded pic. I used a flash when I took the picture, so maybe that’s it? I wanted to edit it out, but I didn’t want it to change/edit the drawing either, so i just left it. (should’ve scanned it..grr.)

Materials: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, kneaded eraser.

I won’t go into full detail of how I drew & shaded everything, because this took me about 7-8 hours spaced out over 3 days. First thing you’ll probably notice is that the hair looks unfinished. That’s because it sort of is. I haven’t learned the technique on how to draw realistic hair (and haven’t practiced at all) so I just kinda did some shading to make due. Though I don’t think it’s the fantastic drawing, I think it’s okay for my first portrait. It was a valuable learning experience–and like I mentioned earlier a lot harder than I had originally thought. I think drawing a real person would be much harder, because since this boy is fictional theres no “real person” to compare him to. But I got a good feel for portraits and that’s what my aim is.

Here’s the reference pic of Ben just for fun so you can see the similarities/differences:

The Mouth.


Materials: .5 Mechanical pencil, 2H, 4B, kneaded eraser

Wow. Mouths are very difficult and teeth even moreso. For this mouth I used an instructors tutorial, and it looks different on the computer than it does on paper. The shaded areas are much more pronounced on the computer screen.. in real life it looks more blended. Anyways, mouths are tricky, if you mess up on the shape, it makes the whole mouth look weird. Plus the shading of the lips, gums, teeth, corners.. all of that has to be very precise to make a mouth look realistic. I drew the shapes with my mechanical and started shading with a 2H. I did lots of blending, worked with a 4B in the darker areas and added details with the mechanical. Whole thing took me about 45 minutes.


Materials: same as above.

For this mouth, I took my “training wheels” off, I guess you can say. I didn’t use a tutorial. This is actually a self-image of my mouth taken with my i-phone, so I used that as my reference picture. I wanted to practice and hone in on the shading and detail and the light source was clearly coming in from the right side. This took me a bit longer, about an hour or so. I think my detail could’ve been done better and perhaps my blending (but again, this looks different in real life than on the computer).  I’ll keep practicing! 🙂

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