Category Archives: Portraits

January 25

Backwards

Everything about this effort was backwards. It began with lazily copying a flower motif from a throw pillow onto craft paper in my sketchbook: low effort, low attachment. I counterintuitively added the cat after and behind the flowers.  I then began my descent into art supply free fall. Darkening it with peerless water colors, then […]

December 08

Avatar Dog

A friend visited last weekend and we went to the Apple Store and cooed over the iPad Pro. The drawing apps and pencil were really amazing.  I’ve wanted an iPad off-and-on for years, but couldn’t really justify it. Still can’t, actually.  Not for awhile anyway. I decided I didn’t need it to do “looser, painterly’ […]

December 04

What?

In the original photo by Scott Shuman (of  The Sartorialist), this man is clearly laughing at something. Hopefully that translates. Throughout this study I felt he was yawning – politely trudging along with me for the two-plus-months’ journey of lunch hours, stolen moments, and problematic-hand-abandonment. I finished it tonight sitting in front of a fireplace […]

November 12

Mr. President?

Quick and dirty is showing. Mine and Donald’s. Based on a sticker on the back of my notebook that was, well, unflattering to begin with, I have created the Pig Man.  I drew directly with a set of gradient gray Pitt markers onto the craft paper in my  Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  This grotesque lunch hour […]

September 11

Westward

It was time to go home. I am not made to sleep upright. I envy people who can immediately power down anywhere, anytime, and for any duration. When I’m abandoned by such people on long-ish flights, audiobooks and doodling are the paths through sleep-deprived resentment. I would draw them, but somatic geniuses always want the […]

September 07

Peru & Chicago

The flight from the west coast to Chicago is about four hours. The timeless “right brain” state feels good, shuts down the mental chatter, and transforms long trips into wine and pretzel blips. I finished one of my earlier Scott Schuman fashion portraits with some Derwent Inktense blocksticks that I’ve been keeping in a pouch […]

August 16

Ukulele

Still doing daily practice … but not exactly in art. Earlier in this blog I posted vacation sketches from my first trip to Hawai’i. It created in me a certain hankering for playing music. Easy, laid back Aloha pleasure. So different from the forced march of my jr. high school days of clarinet. The uke […]

January 08

Blockhead

Actually, from Blockhead to Bruiser. Creating fluffy kitten fur has a learning curve. As I continued ever-outward with my dry brush, this kindergarten cat’s head swelled to Sponge Bob proportions. I couldn’t let it go. X-treme fur required an X-acto solution – one more anxious point-of-no-return in art-project land. Cutting and pasting, I felt good about this […]

January 30

Kristen

This portrait began life as the lovechild of Hillary Clinton and a Japanese Oni. I know because I took a few early pictures to document progress, which has been S  L  O  W. Funnily enough, when I took the first photos, it was because I felt I was off to a great start (likely from imbibing my aunt’s […]

November 09

Ghost Girl

I finally got a video of this drawing – and found out I can’t upload videos without the video upgrade! The video is super slow-mo, but perfectly captures why using graphite on black paper was challenging for me: It disappears. It reappears! Individual marks are hyper-visible. I found myself fussy and needing the light and angles […]