March 22, 2009 5

Pencil Drawings

By in sketches


Offered in the spirit of “here’s what I was drawing yesterday,” rather than “these are the greatest drawings of the century.” Pencil’s messy, but you can correct. Above are some faces from a book of old pictures and Elizabethan miniatures.


I’m finding I’m happier and draw better faces if I try to consider the face as a whole, rather than drawing an eye here, a mouth there, and hoping they connect. Making lines underneath doesn’t always work for me, because I still am not understanding the head as a whole structure. If I do that, then it comes into focus.

Working on those profiles, because they are a bone of contention between me and my drawing friends. Where the eye goes is important, also the shape of the head.

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5 Responses to “Pencil Drawings”

  1. Richard Gagnon says:

    Hey, nice Ileana Douglas! I don’t know if she’d feel flattered by it, but you captured her quite well, I think.

  2. Jack says:

    Thank you!

    It’s her fan club I’d be worried about.

  3. Anna T. says:

    Nice drawings! I often enjoy seeing drawings and sketches more than so called finished work because that’s one way to get an insight into the artist’s process…

  4. Jack says:

    That’s exactly the point, and why I like artists’ blogs.

  5. Kristi says:

    Nice Lady! but you need to practice on the shape of the face. This was also hard for me, keep practicing and it will get awesome. Good Job!

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