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A Pencil Portrait of Isaac – Using a Single Caran d’Ache Grafwood 2B Pencil on Duralar Film

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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…

A Portrait of Isaac 9″x12″ Caran d’Ache Grafwood 2B pencil on Duralar .005 Dual Matte Film
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Eliza – a Colored Pencil Powder Blender Portrait

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At our recent beach vacation, our family met in Destin for our annual beach retreat. What an awesome time when all 15 of us can get together…kids, grandkids, son-in-laws, and the entertainment – our family dog Minnie! While there, I took some wonderful photos of our family and grandkids including several of the girls and ladies getting their hair braided by Abigail (13), one of our granddaughters.

This is Eliza’s portrait from from the photos from that day. (less the green wall and ceramic fish hung all over it!) I did it on Uart 800 Sanded Paper with Colored Pencils using the Powder Blender system developed by Alyona Nickelsen at brushandpencil.com. I read her book “Colored Pencil – Painting Portraits” cover to cover and used her step by step recommendations on pages 100 and 101 to create this portrait. Here is a time-lapse recording of the process  edited to show the key steps, materials and techniques for other colored pencil artists to follow. I hope you enjoy the video and portrait. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and give me a like if you like it!

Eliza – Colored Pencil 8 1/2″ x 11″ on Uart 800 Sanded Paper with Polychromos, Caran d’Ache and Prismacolor pencils – using Powder Bender system by brushandpencil.com
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The Human Oil Painting Copy Machine…

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I’m finding some interesting archives in my retirement! A friend asked me some years ago to paint oil reproductions of two paintings he had of his relatives from the 1800’s. He wanted to give them as gifts to his brother and sister. I said OK and studied the originals and how they were originally painted. It took quite a while, but when I finished the paintings, he walked in the room to see them and from a few feet away, he still couldn’t pick out the originals (I took the original frames off when I showed them)! It took a look at the aged canvas to give away the copies. Quite a fun and challenging project…and please no comments about the skinny legs! : )Oil Painting Copies

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Henry – Acrylic on Plywood 30″ x 40″

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I painted this acrylic on plywood about 40 years ago (1972) of a friend of mine named Henry who sold Hoky Sweepers ( a great product by the way!) I did it from memory and took some liberties with his white beard and hair! My brother had this painting for about 20 years and for some reason decided to give it back! I guess having a guy with a face like this looking at you from a painting 30″x40″ could get kinda a bit intimidating – and can scare small kids! So Henry is biding his time in my basement awaiting his next venue. “Papa George, who IS that man? He’s kinda scaaawwyyy!!” Ava said when she saw him.

9/21 Update: Josiah and all the family were here this week. Josiah and I were in the basement and he said pointing at “Henry,” – “Papa George, the painting of that man is, well, kinda creepy! It scares me. Do you think when I come over you could take it down!!!”  “Sure Josiah, I’ll make sure I put Henry away next time you’re here.” “Good.” he said. “Thank you Papa George.” Josiah – always polite!

Now that I think about it I hung around some pretty “Scaaawwwwy” people back then! And I was one of them!

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