For months now, I’ve had it mind to do a series of drawings from a collection of family snapshots that date back to the 1920s through the 1950s. This amazing photo collection really gives a glimpse into the average daily life of my great and great-great grandparents and their families. We even have a priceless casual photo of my great-great-great grandfather, James Ferris, who fought in the Civil War. It’s a priceless collection, and I cherish these old photos. The ordinariness of the collection of snapshots from this era add such personality and character to each face. How can I stop at just looking? I must turn this into a series of drawings!
So here is the first of what I hope are many drawings I plan to make from these photos. This is my great-great grandmother, Georgia, sitting by a sunny window, with what seems to be a house cat. If you’ve been following this blog for long, you know I am definitely a cat lady! I just had to start with this image.
Great-Great Grandma Georgia with Her Cat
– 5×7 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore Artagain Tinted Paper.
– Drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens of varying grays and black. I used mostly the brush tips for this drawing. Once the ink was all in place, I added some touches of white charcoal to the brightest areas such as the curtain, cat, and other areas.
I’ll also include the original photograph. Sadly, the likeness in my drawing isn’t great…I hope the next drawings work out better. I simplified that area in front of the cat, but I believe that blurry patch between the cat and Georgia’s shoulder is actually a kitten. 🙂
Thank you for looking!