My most recent self-portrait in markers, added also into the Self-Portrait gallery.
This is the first decent drawing I’ve made in quite a while. For whatever reason, I just hadn’t been drawing much–until I broke my wrist. It wasn’t a bad fracture and it healed nicely in 7 weeks, but the thought that I could have hurt myself more seriously and never drawn again brought the desire right back.
A good effort…if not perfect. It’s sad how fast I go from “oh cool!” to spotting all the things that are wrong with it. I’m still pleased. And it felt very good to be playing with color again.
It’s Game Day for little Ronnie Weasley! Isn’t he cute? It’s always a good day when I get to draw Ron. (He’s my favorite, can you tell?)
Another experiment in coloring gingers. The hair came out especially well; it’s more golden than the robust oranges I sometimes do. This is better. I’m pretty happy with this one.
Check out my Harry Potter Gallery for more of Ron (and everyone else).
Happy lads, Ron and Harry, to gladden your day…
You can find more of Harry’s friends here.
Ah, Professor Snape…
Mixing it up a little today. No gingers. Instead, I sketched another of my other favorite Harry Potter characters, Severus Snape. I’m trying to envision him for myself, casting off the image of the wonderful Alan Rickman, who embodied the role through the eight films. I tried to capture his relative youth (he’s in his mid-thirties), his abnormally large nose and stringy hair. Did I get the sallow complexion and dour expression? Maybe. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it’s growing on me. It’s my first try. I hope you like it.
You can find more sketches of the Harry Potter crew here.
Basking in an unexpected day off mid-week, I spent my morning browsing images, enjoying other Harry Potter fan art, generally goofing off. Until I found an image of Ron (Rupert Grint) from the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. I couldn’t resist his apprehensive teenage gaze.
I’m pleased with it overall. There are mistakes, some of my usual distortions, but yeah, I like it. The colors that go into creating vibrant ginger hair–and that set it off–make me so happy. Sometimes I think the only reason I draw is to have something cool to color in. I still haven’t got freckles down as well as I’d like, but I’ll keep experimenting. You’ll find more drawings of Ron (and his friends) here.
Or I’m going to try to be.
It feels good to be drawing more again after a creative hiatus last fall–stressful work, health issues, fun visits with my sister all seemed to throw me off. And after I’d had a good summer for drawing, especially with Prismacolor markers. I’m not sure why, but it seems after a break, I come back stronger. Maybe it’s just the cyclical nature of things. But it could also be that I stopped trying so hard to do so-called “great work” and just drew for the fun of it, just drew what I liked. I drew chibis, I drew Harry Potter, I used lots of color. I’m not a professional and I’m never going to be.
I’d also like to be active on this blog again. As a sign of that, here’s a recent marker drawing of one of my favorite Harry Potter characters, Ron Weasley. He, along with drawings from last summer, can now be found in my newly updated Harry Potter gallery. I hope you enjoy it.
My scanner is down and I’ve been working again after a long lay-off, so I haven’t been posting like I want to. I’m back to drawing every day, though, so that’s the good news. Here are a few drawings from back in December–photos since the scanner is caput–more Forrest Bondurant. I hope all you Tom Hardy fans will enjoy his baggy sweater finery. And yes, with his hands in his pockets, you know he’s getting ready with the brass knuckles. Not that he’s an aggressive guy, but he will protect his rights and his own. Gotta love Forrest.
You can learn a lot of lessons from Forrest Bondurant, Tom Hardy’s character in Lawless—
- Never surrender.
- Always hit first (it helps to have brass knuckles in your pocket at all times).
- It’s not about the violence; it’s about how far you are willing to go.
- Being gentle is alright (but stay out of trouble).
- Believe in yourself (including crazy stuff like you’re unkillable).
- Fear is good. Everyone feels it, just learn to control it.
- It is wrong to draw a gun on a woman.
- It ain’t about the money, it’s about the principle of the thing.
And so much more.
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy learning to draw Tom Hardy–and that is its own reward.