I’ve been doing drawings of our grandkids and just finished one of Isaac. He is so much fun! His laugh and sense of humor are contagious. He loves to kid, run, laugh, joke, eat, hug and generally be spontaneous! The last time I saw my mom alive in 2012 was when Christy and Justin and the kids met Carol and I at the assisted living where “Me-Mo” lived. Isaac was 2 and as soon as he saw Me-Mo he broke into a full run and tackled her at the knees, almost knocking her over. I’ll never forget that! We all laughed so hard and had a wonderful visit. Little did we know it would be our last. So when I told Christy I wanted to do a drawing of Isaac she said, “be sure and do one of him laughing!” I remembered this photo where Justin was pushing him on the tire swing at Jones Bridge Park near us. I think it captures his love of life and spirit! I used a single Caran d’Ache 2B Grafwood graphite pencil on .005 Dual Sided Duralar mylar film. I also used Pan Pastel blenders to treat the graphite as if it was “paint.” My Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser made a great tool for picking out highlights. Here is the time-lapse video of the drawing…
I did a photo restoration for Susan, my son-in-law’s mother, of her mom and dad. This was from a very small wallet sized photo she had that was quite damaged. I wanted to enlarge it to 5″x7″ and 8″x10″ and retain the somewhat grainy look of an old sepia toned photo. Here is a side-by-side before and after. I love doing this and bringing back the life and character of the person’s loved ones!
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″).
My “Nana” was Francis Mann, who in her younger days starred in silent movies when the movie industry was located in New York. She and her sister, Alice Mann were both actresses in silent films with her sister becoming more well known with her roles as Fatty Arbuckle’s leading lady in films, acting alongside Buster Keaton. One was “His Wedding Night” available on Youtube. (She is the blonde with the wavy hair that appears with Buster Keaton in the first scene and throughout the movie.) “Auntie Alice” and “Nana” as we called them later when they were our Great Aunt and Grandmother lived in Hollywood, Florida in the 60s and early 70s and we would visit regularly. We lived with our Nana when I was a senior in High School and we visited on weekends with Auntie Alice. Mom told us stories of Fatty Arbuckle and how he’d come to visit with their fellow actors on Sundays and Arbuckle was famous for his chili. Unfortunately, there was a scandal surrounding Fatty Arbuckle that destroyed his career. Mom always contended that there was no way he did what he was accused of and he was finally acquitted after three trials. (Link to story here).
Here is a still photo from a movie set featuring my grandmother Francis Mann and an unknown actor that I decided to restore:
Here is a Youtube video showing the restoration process and the Photoshop tools used to rebuild the photo:
You can easily capture a vintage image from the internet and restore it with Photoshop and then create a Before-and-After photo. Here is a YouTube video I created showing how I did this restoration in about 10 minutes.
Here is a short YouTube video showing how I captured and restored Corporal Carter’s photo and then created a side-by-side image of the restoration.
This is my most ambitious photo restoration ever! I got this box of scraps from Carol’s mom from a drawer I opened when we helped her get ready for getting carpet installed. It is a posthumous memorial certificate for Herman Carter – Carol’s great uncle who was killed in World War 1 while sitting up in a tree. The war had just been declared over and the armistice signed, but the troops where he was didn’t know it (and the enemy didn’t know it). This is a labor of love and took many hours. The certificate was given by the French government to the U.S. soldiers who gave their life in the war and is signed by the president of France. I am not sure how to put the original back together but at least this print will be able to be framed nicely. I have tried to preserve the patina of the document. Also, it means a lot to me because my grandfather also fought in France in World War 1 and received the French Medal of Honor. I have the medal framed with the certificate which I got from my mom. My grandfather went to France when he was 17 and fought with the French before the U.S. entered the war. Maybe he and Herman knew each other! What brave men our country has had serving over many years and in many wars. And thank you to all the troops serving today!
Here is a YouTube video of the restoration project. You can scan forward if you want to see how I put together the pieces and cleaned up the document for printing:
I took this picture of my wonderful grandson Josiah a couple years ago as he was looking out his front window. I’ve been wanting to do a drawing from it and decided to do a quick sketch on some HP copy paper to get an idea of how I wanted it to look. I was using some new Caran d’Ache Graphwood pencils (2B, 3B, 6B and 8B) I got from Dick Blick last week. The drawing kept getting better and better and I couldn’t stop. I got to a point where I wanted to smooth out the background and skin tones and decided to try the Powder Blender system and it worked great. (brushandpencil.com). The system is designed for colored pencils – especially oil base pencils, but the texture and grit of the powder made a great vehicle to even out the textures. I’ll try it on a more robust paper (Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate) next time! Anyway, here’s the “sketch” and a YouTube video of the Powder Blender system and how I used it for this drawing.
How many times have you wanted to capture that piece of art you created but it’s under glass and the reflections make it impossible?Or you want to catalog a bunch of images in your scrapbooks or art journals? Or perhaps you have some older drawings and paintings that you can’t seem to get cropped properly. Watch my tutorial on how to use your cellphone and Photoshop to capture, color correct and reframe your images so they are suitable for submission to shows, posting on your website or Facebook pages or send to clients for approval. Here’s a YouTube video I created with tips on how to showcase your work in all these situations.
This set of portraits of my grandkids was a gift to my two wonderful daughters and their families. I did an individual 5×7 print of the drawings done with a Wacom tablet and Photoshop 2015 and then montaged them together into a single print. These cousins are so close and have such a wonderful time when they all get together! Such a blessing!
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