A Five Minute YouTube Time-Lapse video of the Drawing:
I had much fun doing this drawing from a photograph I took of a marching band at Disney World in 2013. I always wanted to do a drawing of this. As I was working on it, I noticed the LW logo on the band jacket and a Longhorn logo on the sleeve. I asked Carol to Google “LW” and “Longhorn” and see what she could find. It turns out it is the Lutheran West High School Marching band who was invited in May, 2013 to march in the Magic Kingdom parade. I contacted the school and talked to and texted them and they confirmed this was their band! They were very excited to know I had some pictures and was doing this drawing. I entered it into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America 2017 International Show (cpsa.org) and will find out in May if it will be accepted.
Many thanks to Alyona Nickelesen at brushandpencil.com for her Powder Blender system and helping me understand how to use the system with colored pencils. She gave me a draft to review of her upcoming book on Colored Pencil Portraits (pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Pencil-Painting-Portraits-Revolutionary/dp/0385346271/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8). I finished reading it about 1/4 of the way through this drawing and completely changed my approach to the faces. I highly recommend the book and will be submitting a review to Amazon. I did a full video (speed drawing) of the process of doing this drawing and posted it on my YouTube Channel. It is a 5 minute time-lapse video of the drawing – a drawing that took many hours to complete!
I had a lot of fun collaborating with my granddaughter Abigail to do this portrait for her mom for her birthday. Abigail took a “selfie” and sent it to me. Done with Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils and finished with Powder Blender (the powder) using foam brushes and paper stumps for blending. Paper used was Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate Finish (8″x10″).
I did this fun image for the November Colored Pencil Magazine contest. I decided to plop the little blue house they provided as a target image down in North Georgia where you see “See Rock City” painted on hundreds of barns, stores and billboards. (check out and visit the amazing Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee! (http://www.seerockcity.com/). Yes it’s not as precise as I usually do but I decided to go “Grandma Moses” on this one and let a bit of the primative George out for a few days…I’ll go back in my more traditional work after this departure!!!
“See Rock City”
Colored Pencil – Polychromos and Prismacolor using Powder Blender system by Brushandpencil.com for layering.
In 1973 I purchased a book called “Almost Ancestors” with amazing photos of Native Americans that lived in California in the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I did a number of charcoal and pencil drawings of them and was so touched by their faces and what stories they represented. As one Amazon reviewer I read put it “What a sobering realization that in these images lie remnants of the lives of 50 California Native American nations with independent languages and cultures that no longer exist. Like old treasured books–lost in the shuffle of years–these faces mutely bring to light one of humankind’s darkest hours.”
I did this 15″x30″ charcoal drawing in 1975 and recently found and scanned a 35mm slide I had taken of it. I’d forgotten about drawing it and wonder who has it now!
I can’t believe it was 41 years ago but in 1975 I went to Cleveland, Ohio for a training class for Automatic Sprinkler to learn how to design fire protection systems. While I was there, I visited the Cleveland Museum of Art and took my drawing tablet and an art box with pencils, charcoal, etc. I was able to sit down in front of Ruben’s portrait of his son and fell in love with his work. I checked and it must have been a visiting exhibit because it isn’t in Cleveland now.
Here is his original drawing. In this work, he used only four colors – black, white, red and brown Conte Crayons on toned paper.
I really enjoyed doing this portrait of my wife Carol in Prismacolor and Verithin colored pencils on Canson Charcoal Paper. Carol was looking out our window when we lived on Montego Way in Lilburn, Georgia. It’s fun to use the darker gray paper when doing a portrait. It seems like the highlights and darks are really easy to establish early in the drawing.