Category Archives: Portraits

Throwback Thursday: Sherlock

I started a new job this Tuesday so I’m really tired right now and almost forgot about TBT. But we’ll continue with a watercolour painting.

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My Sherlock obsession started in 2011, when I painted this picture. It’s not my best work, but I like the shadowing in the face. I could have worked more on the clothes and the hair than I did, but I still feel it turned out rather well.

March 12th 2011.

Drawing: Self-Portrait

I realised that it’s been a while since I did a self-portrait, so I decided to do one.

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My mum’s response to this was: “You’re cuter in real life,” but I still think I’ve managed to capture the likeness. It also made me realise just how boring I keep my hair, all neat and tidy. I need to mess it up a bit, haha. Make it more interesting.

Drawing smiling people are hard, though. I think I need to do some exercises with different facial expressions, just to get away from my default serious drawing subjects.

September 30th 2016.

Inktober 2016: Day 8-14

Day 8: Hot tea and cosy knits

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This is an idea I’ve had in my head for a while, and since fall has really made an entrance this past week I decided to finally realise my idea. It’s time to bring out the hot tea and cosy knits! This might be one of my favourite drawings I’ve done for Inktober yet.

Day 10: Uterus

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My Monday was devoted to doctor’s appointments about my uterus and ovaries, so I did an anatomical drawing of an uterus and ovaries for day 10. It depicts the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovarian follicles. I think it turned out quite cool.

Day 11: Angel

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I was just going to do a quick, simple angel, I told myself. Then I kept adding details and working on it. It looks like a complete picture and I’m pleased with my line work. I watched a video by Alphonso Dunn on how to ink clouds and it turned out really well. They also helped to picture feel more balanced.

Day 12: Well from the cemetery

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As I said, I’ve wanted to revisit the well from this sketch. Since I still had the reference picture on my phone, I re-did it and I think it turned out much better this time around. I wish I hadn’t done the tree to the left, though, and instead had drawn in some more clouds.

Day 13: Hedwig

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I’ve wanted to draw a picture of Hedwig from Harry Potter since forever, so I figured Inktober might be a kick in the butt I needed to get it done. I used some Japanese ink I have for the background and, while I don’t think it’s visible, I coloured her eye yellow using promarker.

Day 14: Rabbit

rabbit

One of my mates from the Urban Sketchers tipped me off about Alphonso Dunn’s tutorials on YouTube, so I’ve been watching a couple of them. I wanted to try out drawing some texture with ink and decided on fur for this fat little rabbit. It turned out rather well… for a while.

While I love Inktober, I kind of miss colours. So I went ahead and ruined my hard work by adding colours to the drawing. And my scanner hates green, I’ve come to realise.

Throwback Thursday: The Woman

2012 was a year for water colour paintings and also the height of my Sherlock obsession.

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In February 2012 I painted this portrait of Irene Adler. She’s my favourite character in the Sherlock Holmes series, but I felt that the tv series didn’t do her justice. But she’s still an interesting character.

I like the hair, and how the blue of the background reflects in the blue of the shadowing. This makes me feel like I really need to get back to painting.

February 4th 2012.

Drawing: Jamie Fraser

So, by the end of September I finished my drawing of Jamie Fraser. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

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As I’m more of a bookish girl, I decided to base the drawing more on how Jamie is described in the books. Therefore he has blue eyes, etcetera. For some reason I gave him a beard. I’m sure Claire’s glaring at him and telling him to shave, haha.

It was my first time drawing a beard and it was more difficult than I’d imagine, but it did turn out rather well. I’m really happy with this image. There’s some really nice details – the brooch, the hair, his eyes… I’m really pleased.

September 28th 2016.

Inktober 2016, Day 1-7

Through one of the new members in our Urban Sketchers group, I learnt about Inktober and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate through the whole month, as I’m starting a new job on the 18th and will be dead tired for the first couple of weeks.

But until then I’ll try to do an ink drawing every day. I’ll post them each Saturday until I catch up with the drawings for September, then I’ll do an entry ever Monday with my Inktober drawings. Maybe not all of them. I’ll save my urban sketches for Sundays still 😉 That’s why some days will be missing from these entries.

Day 1: Pirate Wench

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I started off Inktober by cheating a little, using ProMarkers as well as ink pen. Though, since I wanted the inking to be the focus, I used ProMarkers to form simple colour blocks. I regret the background so, so much. The scanner has also done poorly on reproducing the colours – the bandana and skirt are not yellow, but lime green. I didn’t notice until now when I sat down to post this. I’ll redo it later.

As you can see, I got to use one of my sketches from the figure drawing event for this image. I plan to revisit this character again for Inktober.

Day 3: Staircase

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For day three, I finished an old drawing I had laying about. I began sketching this staircase back in July, when I was in Scania, and it’s from the house I was staying in. Marble stairs are scary to walk in, but striking to look at.

I’m fond of the textures in this one.

Day 4: Cat

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I was feeling a bit tired and uninspired, so I decided to keep it very simple for day four and draw a tabby. It’s been a while since I drew a cat and I think it turned out really cute.

Day 5: Dandelion

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Not the most creative picture I’ve ever drawn, but I think it turned out rather well.

Day 6: Tree

tree

For the sixth day I decided to draw a tree, something I’ve wanted to work on. It turned out rather well, despite me losing interest halfway through and being a little sloppy.

Day 7: Tarantula

tarantula

It’s kind of obligatory to draw a spider when Halloween’s approaching, so I drew this tarantula. I think it’s my first time drawing a spider and I’m rather happy with the result.

I do regret the shadowing beneath the body, though. Parts of it looks fine, other parts look really off.

The Big Draw

As I mentioned this Tuesday, I went to this free figure drawing event at one of the local artists’ shop last Saturday. We have this day in my city called Kulturnatten (the Cultural Night), where different shops and venues participate. Lots of music, lots of art exhibitions, lots of cool happenings.

Gredelins offered an hour of free figure drawing, which was awesome. Though I realised I really suck at figure drawing. I’m simply not quick enough.

I also apologise about the horrible picture quality. It’s getting to that time of the year when my old house gets too dark to take photographs inside.

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I started off really ambitious and then felt how I just got worse and worse. The final one is a disaster.

Still, I feel that I can use a couple of these sketches to do more completed drawings later on. So there’ll be some pirate-inspired art coming up!

September 24th.

Throwback Thursday: Twenties Girl

Time to show off another of the images from my header, and this is the portrait that I call Twenties Girl.

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I got inspired by this photograph of Louise Brooks and used it as a model for shadowing and pose, but didn’t attempt to really draw her. There’s something about the fashion of the period that’s really striking.

I like the colour choices that I’ve made in this picture. Blue and yellow works nicely together, and while the splotchiness of the yellow is due to it running out of colour it looks intentional. Like a wallpaper.

February 15th 2015.

Drawing: Nicaise

I mentioned a while back that I reused the concept for this sketch for a ProMarker drawing. Well, this was the drawing I was refering to.

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I had just recently purchased som new ProMarkers, among them “ginger” so I could finally do red hair properly. I’m so happy with how it turned out. The colours I used for the hair was aforementioned “ginger”, and then “raw sienna” and “burnt sienna” for shadowing. It turned out really nicely.

The perspective’s a bit off, as I attempted a frog perspective and didn’t quite get it to work out. I’m happy with the colours and shadowing, but really need to practice doing portraits from some odd angles.

This is sort of how I imagine Nicaise from the book trilogy Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. He’s a vicious, pretty thing and one of my favourite characters.

September 2nd 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Snape

If you’re looking for any logic to how I choose which drawings to show you, there won’t be any. I’ll just pick some random old picture which I like.

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I did the sketch for this back in, maybe, 2009. It then sat forgotten as a couple of lines in a sketchpad until last year, when I dredged it up and decided to finish it. For some reason I decided against cleaning up the sketch, even though the hands are a mess. I hadn’t done any work in charcoal for a while, but I’m still rather happy with how this turned out. It’s recogniseable as Snape.

April 2015.