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Alfred and Nellie, 1947

Here is the second part of my Family series of drawings.  This wonderful photo of my great-grandparents, Alfred and Nellie, was taken in 1947, and I absolutely loved the casual, friendly look of them.  They seem so cheerful, don’t they?

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It begged to be drawn.  So that’s what I did.

I recently bought a tablet of gray tinted paper, hoping it would be durable and hold up to my ink wash/marker style of drawing (such as the style I used for Georgia and the Tough Guys). Unfortunately, this new paper quickly wants to ripple when wet, so I had no choice but to stipple the drawing rather than do a more abstract style as I’d hoped. Still, the results were okay and I actually like the white charcoal with the stipple more than I thought I would. Happy accident. 🙂

Alfred and Nellie, 1947

– The drawing is 5×7 inches, and drawn on Strathmore 400 series Toned Gray paper.

– I used Prismacolor Fine Line Markers in sizes .005, .01, and .03 for the darks and the details.  Once I had the dark values in place, I applied white charcoal to brighten the highlights and breathe a bit of life into the drawing.  I blended the white charcoal some with a tortillian to soften the edges.

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Thanks for looking! 🙂


Posted by on April 17, 2014 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink


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Tough Guys

Last weekend, as a much needed break from my scratchboard project, I decided to draw something fun…something just for me.  So I turned to my collection of what I call “someday photos”…reference images I’ve collected over time for a rainy day or for inspiration.  Well, one of my favorite images in the group is one that a fellow blogger, Matt, of the wonderful and elegant picsofthen blog, very kindly let me use for a drawing.  Thank you so much for generously allowing me to use one of your beautiful photos as a reference, Matt!  I could not have enjoyed drawing these four tough guys more!  For those interested, you can check out the awesome original photograph here.

I drew this over the course of three days, a total of roughly six hours of work.  It was refreshingly quick to draw and it was so nice to draw something spontaneous and without pressure.  I used inks and white charcoal on a wonderful gray tinted paper for this drawing.  I don’t often mix media, but this time it seems to have a nice effect.  The gray paper was such fun to use, and I think I’ll be doing more like this in the future.

Tough Guys

– 8 x 10 inches on Strathmore gray tinted Pastel Paper

– Drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens of various shades of gray and black, almost exclusively using the Brush Tip size

– Once the inks were in place, I added pops of white with a white charcoal pencil in areas such as the faces, eyes, shirts, scarves, buttons and just a hint on the leather gloves.

– This took roughly six hours to complete


Thanks for looking.  Have a great rest of the week, and happy first day of Spring!


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