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Lupita Nyong’o (An Honorable Mention)

I wanted to take a moment and show off my latest, and actually finished drawing of Lupita Nyong’o. I had started her during the summer but didn’t really sit down and finish her until the beginning of October.

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I entered her along with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, into the Arizona State Fair. I went to the fair a couple of weeks later and saw an “Honorable Mention” ribbon on Lupita! I was pretty shocked, its the first ribbon I’ve received for anything I’ve done before so it was a  great surprise.

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Lea Michele Completed with Video

All done! This drawing was fun to do and video. I’m glad I zoomed in on it more so you can better see what I’m doing. The dress wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be. I was nervous when I got to it, but it all went smoothly and I think (or hope), it has a satin-y look to the fabric.

Are you a fan of “Glee”? I watched the first two seasons, but didn’t care for the story lines so I stopped watching it. I did enjoy most of the music and performances. When Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in season 1, I got serious chills.


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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!

Jennifer Aniston

I got really antsy to draw a portrait after I completed my third Bargue drawing, which I’ll post about later.

My printer is on the fritz right now so I was digging through old stuff I had printed a while back and came across this picture of Jennifer Aniston. I thought it was a cool picture and I was waiting for my hair drawing skills to improve before attempting it. I don’t think my skills had changed all that much since then, but my confidence has, so I finally gave it a shot.


I love the result, especially on the gray toned paper.

2H-6B pencil, white charcoal pencil, kneaded eraser, tissue, and 10 hours of time.

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Kate Winslet

I may be on a weird “back to my old habits” kick. My latest two drawings, this one of Kate Winslet and another I’ll show later with my next speed drawing video, have ended up being a little lighter in tone and detail. I don’t know why, maybe these two particular drawings just felt “finished” at these points, I don’t know. But I’m still happy.


By Monday I’ll have my next speed drawing video up and running. Woo hoo!

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!

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Natalie Portman

The source picture I found of Natalie Portman was so adorable, I had to draw it. It’s also colorful and happy…such is the downfall of graphite. One day, when I do color pencil, I’ll have to redraw this to show those colors.


This is 5×8 inches.

I’ve always liked Natalie Portman. She seems to do pretty good movies most of the time. Not many actors get a premiere like The Professional and completely avoid the teen movie pigeon hole. She’s always been pretty legit.


Hello! I got to do a drawing and it was so fun. I missed it so much. I chose one of my favorite actresses, Cate Blanchett. Congrats to her on her lead actress Oscar. Well deserved.


This was done on 11×14 drawing paper (the drawing’s about 8×10). No grid necessary. HB-8B pencil. Kneaded eraser. I have no idea how long I spent on it. Source picture came from Entertainment Weekly from a couple months ago.

What’s your favorite Cate movie/performance? My favorite movie she’s in is The Lord of the Rings, because I’m a nerd. My favorite performance from her is Elizabeth.

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Uma Thurman and the Skirt That Nearly Broke Me

When I decided to draw this picture I thought, “Fun, pretty, not too complicated.” 9 hours into that skirt I was about ready to cry. But I didn’t give up because I liked how it was turning out. This took a total of about 15 hours to complete (12 hours on the skirt). I haven’t spent that much time on any drawing in a very long time.


Appreciate the skirt. Appreciate!

The source picture was taken for a 2005 Elle magazine and I want the outfit today.

It’s 11×14. 2B-6B pencil used, lots of blending stumping going on, kneaded eraser.

After this I’m currently cleansing the palate with a smaller drawing of just a face.

What’s your favorite Uma Thurman performance? I love the Kill Bill movies.

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Annette Funicello

When I heard about Annette Funicello passing, I was kind of saddened. I really enjoyed the Beach Party movies and her music. I was introduced to her at a young age and always liked her genuine goodness. So, as a tribute, here is her portrait.AnnetteFunicello

That hair. It wasn’t necessarily difficult, but it was a challenge. Since modern hair styles are more free flowing, a hair out of place doesn’t make much of a difference. But with these 60’s bouffants, every hair is in place, so more time needs to be taken than what I normally spend on hair. I like the result.

11×14, 2B-8B pencil, tortillon, brush, tissue, 8 hours.