Category Archives: Portraits

Drawing: Merriman Lyon

So after doing some sketches, I decided to try to get back to drawing with ProMarkers.

merriman

As I had just re-read Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – her series is a childhood favourite – I wanted to draw one of the principal characters from the books: Merriman Lyon. His face as I imagine it is rather interesting and this picture turned out really close to what I wanted.

I struggle with drawing white hair. And wild hair. If anyone has any suggestions for how to do it better, what colours to use, I’m all ears. I ended up using ivory, cool grey 2, cool grey 4 and ice grey 2.

August 24th 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Young man in front of garden window

I used to do a lot of water colour paintings, and it’s one of those things that I really miss. Last year I tried to do a landscape painting, but it turned out so horrible that I threw down the brush and haven’t dared to turn back.

2012 was one of those years where I did a lot of water colour paintings that turned out really good.

youngman

This is one of my favourites from that year. It’s based on a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch (I’m a huge fan) and I love how I used the colours and the shadowing. The colour palette is really nice.

I want to return to this medium, but I’m sure there’ll be a few growing pains. Maybe I should just get started and try not to care when the result turns out piss poor.

April 2nd 2012.

Sketch: Nicaise

Joining up with Urban Sketchers got me out of my rut and now I been drawing slightly more prolifically than I have been since 2015 and before I got ill. While I was down with a cold, I decided to do a quick portrait.

nicaise2

I originally wanted to do it in ink pen, but as I rummaged through my art gear I realised that I had used them all up and never bothered to replace them. Hmph. So I had to make do with a black ProMarker, which made the lines so much thicker than they were in my imagination.

At the time, I wasn’t too happy with it but I rather like it today. There’s something about his expression that’s really sweet and the shadowing’s quite nice. At the time I had been reading C. S. Pacats final book in the Captive Prince-trilogy and one character that was on my mind wasn’t even in the book, but I still wanted to draw him after finishing the book. So this is kind of a sketch of Nicaise. Kind of.

I later revisited this concept and did a drawing in colour using ProMarker.

August 4th 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Portrait of Ann-Sofie

For my first TBB-post, I thought I’d show of some work in a medium I hardly ever work with: clay. This was an assignment I did for my art class back in upper secondary. While I didn’t fall in love with the exercise, I thought it was a great deal of fun to try out something a bit different.

Portrait of Ann-Sofie

We had to partner up for the assignment, sit opposite one another and try to make portraits of each other. I partnered with my best friend at the time, but I don’t think it turned out to look much like her at all. Still, there’s something about the expression that reminds me of her…

Portrait of Ann-Sofie

We were told to make them intentionally rough and not smooth them out. Our teacher encouraged us to keep the places where we added new clay visible.

Portrait of Ann-Sofie

I can’t see myself doing it very often, but I must say that looking at these pictures make me almost want to buy some clay and get to work. But I don’t think I have the patience for it, really.

Sketch: Girl in front of fountain

I battled a serious illness last fall, which put me into a serious artistic slump. The last dated drawing in my sketchpad was from October before July this year when I went to Scania with my family and I produced a quick and dirty sketch:

little girl at the fountain

We went to Torup’s Castle, where I caught sight of a little girl in front of the fountain. I didn’t dare to snap a picture, but quickly threw down a rough sketch of the scene as remembered it. The little blonde girl in her blue dress in front of the water, surrounded by blue and red flowers, made a nice composition. I just jotted down the basic details quickly, not caring much about proportions, just wanting to remember the basics. You can tell I haven’t picked up a pencil in nine months, but I still thought I’d share it as it did get me back on track again.

I’ve plans to turn this into a watercolour painting later.