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Hugh Jackman (With Video!)

I’m back and making speed drawing videos again. I had to figure it all out again since I don’t have access to the same equipment as before. I had to use my iphone to film it all. Although the quality is not great, I’m happy I was able to do it successfully.

I chose to draw Hugh Jackman. I’m somewhat happy with the result, but his face is wider than it should be. I checked the proportions over and over again and could not figure out where my mistake was so I just went with it.

Photo Mar 05, 10 50 40 AM

I’m ready to do another drawing video, source picture is picked out and everything, so now to get it started.

Art Nouveau Inspired Done

Here is the completed drawing. I had a lot of fun figuring out the design details that would work with what I started with. Since I don’t have design and illustration skills, I needed to look online and mix and match from what I found.

Also, I know the actual portrait is not exactly period correct, since art nouveau was at its peek at the turn of the 20th century, and this picture is from a vintage 1920’s photo. Oh well, still works for me.

Keep Drawing!

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!

McKayla Maroney

This gymnast cracks me up. She is so spunky and sassy. I found this simple picture last night and it took me about 5 hours to do. I hope I got the proportions right, I had to make adjustments many times, but I think her face turned out pretty good.




Judy Garland

Sometimes I get a face in my mind that I just want to draw. Most recently it was Judy Garland; I just had to draw her pretty face. So here she is.

It’s an 8×10 and I used HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B pencil and tissue for blending.

I really wanted redraw this picture from the old days.

But I couldn’t find the source picture. Oh well. I like what I found. I love Judy Garlands youthful face and I liked the hat. It reminds me of the fedora she wears in Summer Stock when she sings “Get Happy” (one of the best JG performances ever).




Moments of Change

So I started drawing portraits when I was about 14. My drawing style didn’t change or improve until I was 16. One day my drawings typically looked like this:

That’s Harrison Ford, in case you couldn’t tell. They were basically all line drawings, super simple and kind of sketchy. I could finish a drawing in 20 minutes or less (usually less).

The next day, I took my time on a drawing and it came out looking like this:

This one is of Matt Damon. I know it’s not a great drawing, but at the time, it was the best I had ever done. I spent my whole English class (about an hour) drawing it. I showed it to a friend and announced, “I FIGURED IT OUT! I’m supposed to draw exactly what I see!” This may be a “duh” moment for you but to me it was an “a-ha” moment. It was the major turning point in my drawing.

I came across my first “redraw”, and if memory serves my correctly, I drew these two pictures about a week apart, maybe two.

My favorite, Tom Hanks. I wanted to redraw it again. But I don’t have the source picture, but I know exactly where it came from (the cover of Biography magazine). I’ve scoured Google images for it and couldn’t find it.

My most recent major improvement was in July of 2003. This may not seem like a noticeable change to most people, but it’s obvious to me.

I drew this picture of Hugh Grant and felt that it looked fine. But the next day I tweaked my approach of drawing by changing the way I do an outline before really filling it in. It made all the difference to me. The very next day, I drew this:

Viggo Mortenson. I started to spend more time than ever on each drawing. Not all of my drawings have been perfect since, and I’m not proud of all of them, but seeing the little improvements over the years makes me proud overall.

I did have a change in how I draw occur this year, but don’t really have visual examples. It’s mostly in my attitude toward drawing. And I’m enjoying it now more than ever!

One thing I missed

I realized that I forgot to show you my finished gymnast from last week.

It’s Nastia Liukin. It’s on 11×14 drawing paper and 2B, 4B, and 6B pencil was used.

I’ve been under the weather for about a week now and so my motivation to do any blogging and drawing is out the window. But I started a new drawing last night and it’s turning out pretty good so far. I’ll show you when I’m finished, so until then! Keep Drawing!


I have little memories associated with a lot of my drawings. I know exactly where I was and who I was with when drawing these pictures, and every time I look through them, the memories come back. I’m going to share some with you now.

Katie Holmes – October 2004

When I drew this Katie Holmes in Oct. of 2004, I was at school. Every day I got out of work at 4:30pm and my class didn’t start until 7pm. Instead of going home, which was really out of my way, I would just drive up to the school and either do homework, go the computer lab, go to Wal-Mart, or draw. I drew this sitting in my car. It was getting darker by the minute and I would intermittently turn the car lights on so I can see. But I didn’t leave them on because I didn’t want to use my cars gas or kill my battery.

Julie Andrews – January 2005

This is the first drawing I did in the year 2005. I drew it on New Years day. I was at my grandparents house, surrounded by family. I was sitting in the family room on the couch. I must add that this is one my favorite drawings I’ve ever done. I’m extremely proud it.

Johnny Depp – April 2004

The only Johnny Depp I’ve ever done. This one was also done at school waiting for my class to start. This time, I was sitting outside at a table, so it was a nice day. I remember it being breezy. Some random kid walked by me and told me that the drawing was looking good.

Adam Brody – April 2004

Drawn probably only a week after Johnny Depp, Adam here was drawn in the back seat of my friends car on a road trip. I’ve always been surprised by the way it turned out, it’s the best drawing I ever did in a car.

Bryce Dallas Howard – March 2005

I drew this one at work. I had a job that had a lot of down time. I drew this in a back office that I had recently moved into. I luckily didn’t have to talk on the phones anymore so drawing helped pass the time. I actually have a few drawings done at this particular job. And during this time in my life I carried my drawing stuff with me everywhere.

So all of these where done from April 2004-March 2005. I’ll have to do another memory post again with super old, and slightly bad drawings.

Keep drawing!




Lord of the Rings

I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring after it came out on video in 2002. Oh man did I love it. I watched it many more time until The Two Towers came out late that year, which I saw 6 times in the theater. Yikes. Well, if I loved something that much, I’m obviously going to draw it. Here are my Lord of the Rings drawing from 2003.

During this time, or at least while drawing these guys, I was drawing so lightly. I had to darken these a little bit with photoshop just so you can see them.

Gandalf the White

These were a ton of fun to do back then. Although they aren’t perfect, I think they resemble who they are supposed to be. Just part of the evolution.