Dec 17, 2011

Newest Project

     Wow! It has been awhile. My newest project should hopefully get me on the path again. I was asked to do a portrait for a friend, of one of her friend's parents, for Christmas. The parents have passed away and this picture will be a smaller version of a very old photo that was turning funny colors due to age. Here is the original photo....

.....and here is the version I will use to draw from, to create a smaller version that will fit the space where it will hang.

Okay, I have the mom done and started the little girl. This picture is a lot smaller than ones I have done in the past and the picture is dark and slightly blurry in spots, so certain areas have been a little harder and more challenging, but it is coming along. These drawings are so hard to get a picture of to really show what it looks like in real life.
 I finished the little girl except for some minor touchups and shadings. It was a cloudy day so the picture is more gray than normal. Now, on to the father.

Well, it's finished. It is so gray and not sunny outside that it has been hard to get a good decent picture of it. This will have to do. It turned out pretty good and looks, oh, so much better in person.

Dec 2, 2008

Other Samples

Here are some samples of things besides portraits.

It's finished! I love it and I hope the parents that are receiving it as a gift also love it too. Stay tuned as I add my signature and a special title to the drawing that was requested by the purchaser.

Nov 29, 2008

A busy, busy week!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Not as much time for drawing as I would have liked. Sick kids, shopping, church activities, shopping, laundry, shopping, practices, shopping......well, you get the idea. I did get the main house done and am down to the front grass/rock area. I decided to go with a larger version of the lattice in the front because of what it takes to draw it. Extremely hard to draw diamonds totally lined up in such a small scale. I think it still goes well with the house as it also matches the larger lattice over on the right hand side of the picture. I also left out the telephone pole that sits way to the left as it detracts from the picture. Almost done!

Nov 20, 2008

The porch and ramp are almost finished. I am starting to outline where the big tree goes and actually started some of the little branches on it. I am amazed at how well it is going. I haven't really had too many difficult areas, just some areas where it took a little longer to get the detail. In the original photo the porch area is pretty dark, but I have decided to keep it just a little lighter for the drawing so the detail can show a little better.

Nov 14, 2008

It's getting there! I am about half done at this point. That ramp coming up next is going to be a big challenge, but doable. Slow but steady wins the race.

Nov 13, 2008

I started the rocks in the front of the picture. They are coming along nicely. Had to take yesterday off as it was my daughter's 5th birthday! I'll get back to it today and see how far I can get. Stay tuned.

Nov 11, 2008

A Challenge

I was asked to draw something besides a portrait. It's not like I've never drawn other things, but it has been awhile and this particular picture was VERY full of details. This is a special "ranch" house that I was asked to draw as a gift to someone's parents for Christmas. I wasn't quite sure at first if I could do it justice. After getting this far, I think it will work. What do you think?

Full view of layout

Up-close of right hand side

Original photo

Aug 4, 2008

Items for sale

If you are interested in purchasing any of the following prints, just email me at and tell me the name of the print and what size you would like to order. I will then send you an invoice for the total cost including shipping. You can pay with a check, cashiers check, or a money order.

The following prints are for sale:

"Coming Home"
8x10 print $10(plus shipping)
11x14 print $15(plus shipping)

8x10 print $10(plus shipping)
11x14 print $15(plus shipping)

Aug 1, 2008

Yeah! It's done. I really like the way it turned out. I can't seem to get a really good photo of it. This one isn't too bad though. I am going to try to get a good scan of it and see what I can do about offering it as a print. Check back for more info.

Jul 25, 2008

I have finished the main part of the drawing. The shadow has been lightly sketched in except the part where the Chinese flag would be. I need to go outside tomorrow and figure out what kind of shadow that flag would make at that time of day. I didn't want to guess.

Jul 24, 2008

I really like how this is turning out. I wish I could get the photo to look like the actual drawing. The drawing is so much more amazing than the photo. The smoothness and detail are coming along nicely. Sometimes just the smallest touch of the pencil creates just the shadow I'm looking for.

Jul 20, 2008

Finally I 'm getting back to my drawing. I worked on the shirt, left arm, and Chinese flag. It is really coming along great! The flag was pretty easy to add because her hand was in that exact position anyway, so I just had to add a flag in her fingers.

May 22, 2008

I worked on the head and hair area today. I really wanted to capture the wind effect on the hair and the sunny highlights. I may still mess with it a little, but it is about how I want it.

May 21, 2008

I have started a drawing while I wait for the next commission. I am drawing a picture from a photo that I took and have always loved. To me it represents my daughter's adoption from China and how her culture and ours combined. It represents looking forward with determination to her future, yet always being able to look back at her past. The American flag is held in front of her and the Chinese flag behind. The original photo only had the American flag, but I felt like the drawing needed to have both flags to really represent her adoption. Follow along as I develop it. I made the photo a little darker so it would be easier to see the light lines of the drawing.

Look what I got.....

With my first commission, I decided to purchase a drawing desk. I was drawing in the living room on a counter desk area, but didn't have much room to stretch out. I also worried about my drawings getting damaged there by kids, the dog, toys, or food, etc. So, my new area is large, comfortable, and out of the way in the bedroom.

May 10, 2008

Here are a few examples of group portraits that I have done. Click on each to enlarge.

December 1998

December 2003

December 1998
I am finished with Macey's drawing. It really is lovely! The photos don't do it justice at all. When taking a photo, it is hard to get the exact shades of gray and the contrast just right. But, it turned out beautiful and I feel her mom and dad will enjoy it.

May 7, 2008

The background is about half finished. It looks really nice with the rest of the portrait. These photos don't do the portrait justice. The real product is beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished.

May 6, 2008

Well, I am done with the main subject and will be adding my background. I think I will do a drape-like background. I don't want to distract too much from the subject.

May 3, 2008

I've finished the arms , top of the dress, and the little row of roses along the waistline. I'll be working on the bottom of the dress and then try to decide how to do the background. For others who may be reading, you may have noticed that most of my drawings don't have backgrounds. This customer already had a drawing of an older daughter which included a background, so I am trying to get them to match enough to be hung together.

May 2, 2008

I pretty much have the face and hair how I want them. Maybe some minor shading still. I have started the neck and arm area, then I will start the dress.

Here is where I left off last night. I will continue this morning working on the face and hair more, and then start the neck and shoulders. It wasn't as sunny this morning so the picture seems a little darker. It looks great in person though.

May 1, 2008

I have started my first commission drawing. A beautiful young lady named Macey. I always start with the eyes. If I can't get the eyes right, then I start over. I think I have a pretty good start with this one. Check back for updates as I continue.

Mar 26, 2008


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