Friday, March 24, 2006






It's been a busy week, but I've managed to get in some sketching time while out and about. I have a hard time with challenges because drawing "things" doesn't excite me like drawing faces...however, it IS easier to get a mantelpiece to stay still while you draw it than a person you're sketching in a coffee shop... trying not to stare...willing them to turn back in the direction they were in when you BEGAN the sketch... lol! But it does make me work on drawing quickly. I'm getting more comfortable using my pen for sketching... first time I heard someone say to do that I thought they were nuts! How do I fix the mistakes? But these are not pieces that will hang in a gallery...they're teaching projects and I'm learning a lot from each one.

Now I just need to learn to take my camera everywhere so I can get a snapshot of things I want to spend more time on than a quick sketch.

This first piece is a drawing I began, taken from my 4th grade school picture. Drawing in ink is scary and in this case I messed up one side of the lips so stopped until I could fix it; then I'll finish the rest of the coloring.

Seeing my need to work on lips. I began a page of just different lips and ended with a sketch of a model.


This next sketch was done for a EDM challenge on "HATS"... not a great hat...just one from a magazine.






A drawing of a woman... not much like the subject I took it from, so I have a lot of work to do...


I was killing time in Starbucks yesterday (prefer Port City Java, but it wasn't nearby) and did a couple of sketches of two gentlemen who were there...

They took off before I could get his friend drawn properly...

When I showed these to Paul (my son), he asked me to do one of him... I sketched this with pen in about 10 minutes and added the color later during his hockey practice...

6 comments:

Sioux said...

Wow, you have been busy! You have done a great job. I particularly like the study of eyes and mouths.

artfan said...

Your portraits are really nice. You have a good eye for detail. Jean

laRegina said...

Sophie recognized herself!
You really captured her!

clare said...

Yes very interested Penny, your portrait sketches are wonderful

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Excellent portrait work, Penny. Especially the one of Sophie.

Nicole said...

lovely blog, Penny.

Nicole