Tag Archives: celebrities

Mariah Carey

26 Apr

This sketch is based on a reference photo in 3/4 perspective view, which meant I had to recreate the face from scratch. Besides that, she has a really wild hairdo, blond, which is extremely time consuming to draw.

Mariah carey

Needless to say that I needed more time than the usual 30 minutes, double that time at least.

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Quick sketches

19 Apr

Two 6-minutes sketches of music legends, Count Basie and Charlie Parker. The Charlie Parker sketch did not go as smooth as you might expect after doing Count Basie. Sorry.

Quick sketch 1 on 2010/04/19Quick sketch 2 on 2010/04/19

Informal tutorial on woman’s portrait

19 Apr

This portrait of generic woman in front viewing perspective is based on a tutorial by John Buscema in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way”.

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Generic woman, drawn live on April 19, 2010

The drawing looks a bit stiff and impersonal, because I didn’t take out the helper lines, nor did I use a reference photo for the personal details.

After having done the tutorial by John Buscema, I decided to use a photo from the Internet of Google celebrity Marissa Mayer for the personal touches. The face can be constructed up to a point, but after that you should fill in the details based on a reference or a person in front of you, so it has personality.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 2)

My guess is that it’s best to keep it loose. The goal shouldn’t be likeness, but getting a feel for drawing a portrait of a woman.

For the second portrait of a woman in front viewing perspective, I gave it finishing touches by using a 3/4 view reference photo of Marilyn Monroe. The issue wasn’t to have a drawing of Miss Monroe, but rather have a nice rough sketch of a woman’s portrait.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 3)

As I see it, the underlying structure of the face is very much the same for all humans. It’s the finer details that let’s us distinguish between individuals. By getting the generic structure in first, putting in the details is less difficult and a somewhat rewarding sketch of a famous person can be done, even if you don’t yet have mad skills to blow people’s socks off.

I think it’s all about having fun and being proud of what you’ve accomplished using what skills you have, and perhaps feel motivated enough to get some more by practicing like a crazy person, day in, day out.

If it isn’t fun, there’s no way you’re going to get through that phase of getting good enough to impress other people with your drawing skills. If it always feels like “work”, you are going to give up, like so many grown-up have done at some point in their “drawing career” as a young child.

Pencilcast 04/17/2010 2:00PM

17 Apr

In my weekly hour long show on Saturday (23:00 CEST) I decided to draw Marilyn Monroe. I had practiced how to sketch her earlier today, and did some of the tutorials in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” by John Buscema, where he covered how to draw beautiful women. This is one worthy for a rematch next Saturday.

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This sketch is more or less the same pose as the reference photo, but completely constructed from basic shapes (no tracing was used). This is a huge improvement over what I did earlier today.

Marilyn Monroe, drawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 2)

After I did the formal 3/4 perspective view, I tried a front view, using a simpler drawing style. Not sure what I was doing, I got these results, which aren’t bad, just not as refined as what I did earlier.

rawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 3)

Quick sketches

17 Apr

Super quick sketch of that versatile comedic talent of Hollywood. I wished I could draw as well as he can act. Drawn with felt-tip marker pen in 2 minutes.

Danny Devito, drawn in 2 minutes on 2010/04/17

Super quick sketch of Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels. Note that I didn’t have time to check the position of his ears, and that the eyes are also a bit out of whack. 2 minutes with felt-tip marker pen.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, drawn in 2 minutes on 2010/04/17

Warm-up sketch for April 17, 2010

17 Apr

Totally off-model and only resembling MM’s ugly look-alike. Still, I explored what I should still work on.

Later today I will be trying to record another session on Ustream, on my channel Pencilcast.

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Marilyn Monroe, live drawn warm-up sketch on April 17, 2010

Quick sketches

16 Apr

Two Johns side by side, both comedians in their own way. Candy and Cleese. I hope you like them.

John Candy, quickie on April 16, 2010John Cleese, quickie on April 16, 2010

Each drawn in 4 minutes with felt-tip marker pen on A5 format paper.