Category Archives: Just Sharing

Heath Ledger (with video…again!)

What? I already made another video? Yes sir, indeed! This time of the late great Heath Ledger. Most people online, that I’ve seen, only draw him as The Joker. Although he was amazing as The Joker and deserved the Oscar and all the praise in the world, I think I’ll always remember him as the dreamy Gabriel Martin from The Patriot and of course as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You. *sigh*

I did this one on 8×10 grey toned paper. I loved all the contrast from the source picture and wanted to capture that. I had to go over this drawing over and over again to make it darker, I may need to invest in new pencils that will go darker than my 8B pencil can.


I do like this one a little more than my Hugh Jackman, but that’s mostly because the face proportions turned out better.

I’m still working on a drawing that’s not being filmed, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know the one.

I also have plans to expand on my YouTube channel, some vlogs, and talking about art and artists in general. Hopefully that will happen soon.

Keep Drawing!

Negative Drawing

It must experiment week, huh, because here’s something else that I’ve never tried before. The negative drawing. I’ve seen this on DeviantArt a lot and various places online. I always wanted to try it, just never did. The mood finally hit me last night and I had the perfect picture to use to make it simple, yet effective.

I actually don’t find drawing the negative space to be all that different than normal. It may end up being easier because it looks a little different, it’s easier to just focus on the tone and not the shapes and how you think the face should look.

So here’s the drawing. 9×12 inches. 4H, HB, and 8B graphite used.

And here’s the negative.

Pretty cool! It really does look like white chalk on black paper. I’ve seen some where people use colored pencil. But that’s beyond what I’m willing to do at this time.

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Master Copy: To Do or Not To Do

As I’ve been studying drawing this year, I’ve learned a little bit, and I mean a little bit, about doing a Master Copy. Supposedly, by copying an old master drawing, you learn about their techniques and what it takes to draw like a master. You’re supposed to pay attention to the strokes and figure put what they process was to get the result they did. I’ve avoided doing this so far because I don’t know if I would get much out of it. I also could never quite find a master drawing that I liked in a style I want to draw in. But that recently changed. You may or may not remember my “art nouveau inspired portrait” I did a couple months back. I’ve just loved Alphonse Muchas style, and that includes his drawings.

I was browsing a used book store recently and came across this book “Drawings of Mucha”! I snatched it in a second. 

This book is like 4o years old, so I feel lucky to have found it. I’ve chosen a couple of drawings from this book that I loved and would love to try to copy, it’s just kind of daunting.

Has anyone else ever done a master copy? How did you feel about it?

Never Stop Learning

2015 has been the year of learning to improve. I began the year looking into Classical Drawing and trying out some Bargue drawings. I think because of those, I’ve ditched the “grid method”. I also bought and read the book “Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier” by Juliette Aristides 

This book was so great and got me excited to try drawing more than just portraits, although I haven’t tried too much yet.

Most recently I actually followed an online drawing course from a legit art school in Chicago called Vitruvian Studio. This online portrait drawing course was exactly what I’ve always wanted in a drawing course. The instructor explained things in such a way, and with real time demonstration, I had so many a-ha moments and I got so much out of it.

I have drawn a new drawing since finishing the course but I haven’t scanned/photographed it. Hopefully that happens tomorrow, but I will say that it is a redraw of a drawing I did in December to show the difference and improvements. I think there are many.

To learn about the drawing course, click here.

Checking In and More To Come

I have nothing new to show right now. Hopefully I will this week. At least a work in progress. This may sound lame, but since season 3 of “House of Cards” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” were released on Netflix, my husband and I have been watching these shows every night, and I don’t want to draw during them. But we did finish the former last night.

I may have an announcement next week! I’m not 100% positive yet. We’ll see how this weekend goes.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it goes according to plan.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Keep drawing!

Nicole Kidman: Redraw and Video!

Back in early 2003, I did this drawing of Nicole Kidman.


Pretty good, huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either, even at the time I finished this. Back in the day, I didn’t see mistakes until I was done drawing. I saw her face was way too wide, the hair was off, and the eyes were off. I was never proud of this one.

However, since I still had the magazine picture, I was always tempted to give it another shot. So here is the updated drawing, 12 years later.


9×12 HB-6B pencil. About 6-8 hours.

Story time! In 2007, my sister, my mom, and I got coveted bleacher seats on the Red Carpet of the Academy Awards (the year Martin Scorsese and The Departed won) . For us movie nerds, this was amazing. I could go on and on about all I loved about being there and seeing the actors I love, in the flesh.

One thing I did notice is how TV ready every actress was, make up wise. They were heavily made up and, in person it’s more noticeable. But Nicole Kidman hardly looked like she was wearing makeup at all, she’s that flawless. She’s gorgeous. Below is the picture I snagged of her when she came to the bleacher side of the carpet to sign autographs. Something only her and Will Smith did, by the way. Respect!


Here’s the speed drawing video. Enjoy!

Steps to Shailene Woodley

I wanted to film a speed drawing but my first attempt didn’t work out so I took pictures of each major step here.

Light outline with HB mechanical pencil

With 2B pencil fill in face with flat mid tone and smooth out with a tissue.

Still with 2B, add some dark areas around features.

Continue adding dark and erasing for lighter tones using a 4B pencil and kneaded eraser.

Start hair with mid tones with 4B.

Add dark areas of hair with 6B pencil and erase lighter areas with kneaded eraser and mechanical eraser.

When I’m somewhat satisfied with the head I move on the arms with the same mid tones with 2B.

Start detailing hands and work down the arms with my 4B.

Almost done. I’ll use a 6B on the shirt seen.

After some finishing touches here and there, usually adding contrast and making sure dark areas are actually dark, which is one of weaknesses, I have a completed portrait.


I hope this showed clearly somewhat what my process is, right now. I hope to get that speed drawing done next. Thanks for reading!

As always, Keep Drawing!

3 New Drawings

I’ve been drawing a bit over the past month and forgot to show it on my blog! Silly me. My family went on a quick trip to visit/meet some family and while we were gone, I was determined to get some drawing in. I didn’t get much in but I got a start on this Patrick Stewart.


By the time I got the face finished, I was ready to move on to something else. So I just outlined the clothing and called it good. It’s a 5×8 inch size.

I decided to do kind of a companion drawing, so why not put together the bromance of the year. I did a quicker version of Ian McKellan here. Both of these reference pics came from Vanity Fair.


A lot more sketchy. I didn’t feel like doing more. 5×8 inch.

And most recently I finished this one of the lovely Marion Cotillard.


It’s 11×14. It didn’t turn out as smooth as I hoped but it’s fine.

I’m also starting to actually scan these drawings instead of taking pictures of them. I think they look a little better since they then stay perfectly proportioned. Still working on my editing skills though.

Lately I’ve been looking for new reference pictures on Pinterest. I’ve been finding gorgeous pictures, but the bad thing is that I’ve been finding too many! One good picture leads to many more that are even better. So I’m a little overwhelmed and don’t know what to draw next.  I’ve kind of been wanting to draw a group picture. Like 90’s faves, *Nsync, or the cast of Friends, or Will & Grace. I’ve been watching and listening to those lately. The bad thing is that I’ve been ADD about my drawings, if it takes longer than 3 days to do, I want to stop and do something new. So group drawings probably aren’t the best idea. Eek!

Reason For Blog Neglect

I’ve been absent for a while now. Here’s why.20140207-101231.jpg

My husband and I recently welcomed our 2nd child. We couldn’t be happier. The pregnancy took a toll on me emotionally so drawing wasn’t something I wanted to do. But I’m feeling 110% better so hopefully I’ll figure out a routine soon that will include drawing time. In the mean time, I’ve got 2 kiddos to love on.