Category Archives: Other works

I’m Still Drawing

So I’ve been absent for a couple of months, but I’ve still been drawing a bit here and there. In late June I finished a portrait of my son.

Photo Jun 28, 8 05 43 AM

I always find children to be difficult to draw because of the rounded and less defined features. Although I wouldn’t call this drawing one of my best, I’m proud of myself for doing it, and will most likely do my other son soon.

Just for fun one day I drew hair.

Photo Jul 02, 10 05 55 PM

It was fun and relaxing to do since mistakes mean nothing when there is no face included.

Next was a figure drawing.

Photo Jul 07, 9 35 51 PM

This one was fun. I used graphite powder to cover the whole surface of the paper, then i used my mechanical eraser to erase the outline. Kneaded eraser and pencil was used for the rest of the modeling of the figure. I did this in about 90 minutes.

I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do a master copy and most likely from a Mucha drawing. Well, I finally did one! Yay me!

Photo Aug 10, 9 27 19 PM

This is just an iphone photo so some of the details are lost. I feel like I learned a little something about creating expression and texture with simple lines. Although I may not have put as much time into this as I should have, I was happy to do it.

I hope you enjoyed this. Follow me on instagram, @nicoledrawing, where I usually do post my most recent works.

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Original Art Nouveau in Color

I mentioned before that I’ve been loving art nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. Well, I finally created my own original art nouveau piece. It was fun and I’ll most likely do another one at some point. Since this was my first. I kept the design really simple. My biggest challenge is color. I really need to practice with choosing a color palette that works, and stick with it.

This was how I did this. I started with the drawing of the woman, staying minimal. I then, framed it up so I know where the rest of the design is going. This was only an 8×10 inch paper so I didn’t have much room to work with. I went through my Mucha books to gather inspiration for backgrounds. I choose to do a simple European countryside look and sun bursts on top. After laying it all out in pencil, I traced onto another paper with brown colored pencil and went on filling in the rest of the color from there and blended it in with colored pencil blending pencil and marker.

I used Prismacolor pencils and I think this only took a total of about 6 hours

In conclusion, I’m very proud of myself for doing this. I have no experience in art like this, but it’s not completely terrible. Yay! What do you think?

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Steps To Doctor Who (and Other New Things)

I’ve taken pictures of another step by step process of a drawing. This time I choose the Eleventh Doctor of Doctor Who. I remember seeing the episode from season 7, “Nightmare in Silver”, in which the Doctor essentially ends up with a split personality for a bit, and I thought the screen shot with this alloy metal on his face was visually interesting. I found the exact picture I needed online and have finally drawn it. I’m pleased with it.

I began with a light outline in HB pencil.IMG_1474
Then made the lines darker.
Filled in the face with a 2B pencil. I do this to create the mid-tones because I’ve had a weakness of making my portraits too light. This sets me up for more contrasting tones.

Then I add some darker areas in the shadows and eyes. I also erase some general areas where the light hits the face.IMG_1471
Now I begin smoothing everything out more, mainly with a tissue. Then add the main detail lines in the metal piece.
I use a HB mechanical pencil and begin on the metal.
Metal completed. Well, first draft.
I now use a 4B pencil to work on the face some more and darken up shadows. I try making his skin look smoother which is difficult. It’s about this stage that I always think, “I need to try smooth paper, instead of vellum.” Maybe next time. I also started on the hair. I use a 4B pencil and start on the darkest part of the hair and start adding basic shapes.
Hair is still tough for me, but I think I’m getting better. I added the basic dark and highlights.
After a few more details on hair, I take a break and add the clothing. Pretty simple. I use a 2B to start and lay down everything. The corduroy collar wasn’t too hard. I filled it in with a solid 4B with appropriate shadow/highlight, then took the mechanical eraser and erased the lines. Then did my best with a sharp 4B to make then look like sharper ridges. If that makes sense.
I use a 6B to fill the bow tie and I try to leave the jacket soft but with a little bit of texture. I come back to that a little more later.
After a little more hair detail, and when I’m feeling almost done, I show it to my husband. I do this because he’s honest with me about errors he sees. After spending 10 hours on a drawing, fresh eyes are needed. So with his feedback a added some darker shadows around the jaw line, ear, and darkened the jacket shoulder while lightening up the shirt collar.
IMG_1462I realized with this portrait, that the lighting in the source photo is a little flat, which make for kind of a flat drawing. This makes me have to bump up the shadows and details more so it can really stand out. I wanted this drawing to be dynamic and wanted the image to make an impact on you as the show first did to me. Who knows if I actually achieved that.

Finished product.

In other news, I decided to revisit my high school art class days and a made a lithograph block print. I used Daniel Craig from James Bond. Why not? This is experimental and I’m just trying to do something new and different for me.


I got interviewed again. This time by Shannon Orr from the blog “Mastering The Art of Being Me” for a weekly series of interviews she’s doing with creatives around the country. She’s super creative, talented, generally awesome and also my sister-in-law so click here to see the interview!

As always, Keep Drawing!

Now in Technicolor!

I’ve finally taken the leap and tried out the colored pencil medium. I looked up a couple of tutorials and started with something small, the nose. This is Daniel Craig’s nose. It was the clearest picture I had.


I had fun doing this little exercise. I used 9 colors, well 7 really, the white and cream were used to burnish the colors together.  I think my experience with black and white drawings helped with this because I was able to determine where more contrast was needed to make it more realistic. I know it’s not perfect but it was a first try and I will definitely try this again.

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The Bluths Are Coming

New episodes of “Arrested Development” is only 5 days away! Are you ready? My husband and I have been re-watching the previous seasons so it’s fresh in our minds. So I decided to do a scratch board for fun. When I saw the source picture in Entertainment Weekly a month ago, I knew I would have to do it as a scratch board project. Buster Bluth is my favorite. Everything he says and does cracks me up.


I love doing scratch board, and it had been a while since I’d done one. This isn’t really where my real skill is though. I’ll stick to drawing mostly, with an occasional scratch board, of course.

Something New

You blog readers may have just witnessed a new step in my evolution. Mixed media. I mentioned in my last post that I was wanting to try out pen and ink with watercolor. Well, I bought the stuff and just gave it a go.


Here is my first attempt. I know the paint is not much to be admired, but I did just jump in with no practice or knowledge of what to do. I love the actual portrait part, especially the hair.

By the way, this is supposed to be Emma Stone. It looks nothing like her, I know. I made mistakes in the drawing but wasn’t concentrating on that part of this piece.

What I did was this: First, I pencil drew the face and outlined the hair, then I used charcoal pencil to complete the face details. I used an artist pen to outline the hair then went into the paint and got what you see. I outlined the hair again, and here we are.

It was really fun and I’m going to keep trying this. But I’ll practice with the paint part before I attempt anything like this again.

In the mean time, I am still drawing of course and I’m almost done with a new one to be posted soon.

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New Etsy Items

I’m back from vacation and a much needed break. But I have added some new items to my etsy shop, cross stitch patterns. I know, random, but I’ve always enjoyed cross stitching, but I also have trouble finding cross stitch patterns that aren’t designed for the older generation. You know, lots of flowers, cats, just old fashion designs. I’ve been wanting to design my own patterns for a few years now and have finally done it.

It’s relevent to this drawing blog because I basically made a pattern out of a drawing of lips. So my first pattern is gray scale lips.

This was my jumping off point. I then decided to do all of my patterns on lips and since I like things to look realistic, I’m making them to look like painted realistic lips.

This is the second pattern, heart on lips.

These are the two that are available in the shop now. But I’m almost done with a third which is all colored.

No worries for drawing lovers, I’m working that as well. I have a couple of people in mind to draw.