Category Archives: Grandkids

A Speed Drawing of Abigail using Powder Blender and Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils

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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″).

Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils on Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate paper.

 

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A Fun Sketch of Abigail – 8’x10″ Photoshop CC with Digital Pencils

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A fun digital sketch of Abigail using Photoshop CC 2017. Abigail took a “selfie” with her iPhone and I decided to try out some new Photoshop CC brushes and actions.
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Josiah – Graphite on copy paper – 8 1/2″x11″ with Powder Blender

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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.

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Original photo of Josiah in profile
Original photo of Josiah in profile
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender
Josiah on HP 24lb Copy Paper with Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils and Powder Blender
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The Grandkids 2015

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A Christmas Present for My Family
A Christmas Present for My Family

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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Eliza

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My granddaughter Eliza - Sony A6000 with Sony 18-200 LE lens. Post production on iPhone 6+ using Photoshop Express App.
My granddaughter Eliza – Sony A6000 with Sony 18-200 LE lens. Post production on iPhone 6+ using Photoshop Express App.
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The Roller Coaster!

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Abigail and Ava at the Duluth Fall Festival, 2013. Shot with a Nikon D800, Nikon 70-300 lens. Painted with Corel Painter X3.

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Jonny’s Laughing! Ah the Simple Pleasures!

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We couldn’t understand what was so fascinating to Jonny. Seemed the more the handle went around the funnier it was!

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We Love Our Sammy D!

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Here’s a before and after of our wonderful grandson Sam David from Christmas 2011. The photo had a bit of unwanted background so I used Photoshop CC to remove it and converted it to a duotone.

A sepia photo of Sam David.
A sepia photo of Sam David.
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Happy 6th Birthday Ava!

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A little ham and a big turkey for Thanksgiving!

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Little Jonathan seems to love the camera. He’s a natural! Shot with Nikon D300, Nikon 60mm lens, Nikon SB-910 flash.

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