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Number 88

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Number 88

Number 88

I am not a big football fan but this poster caught my attention at the beauty salon. I think it was his butt. At least that's where I started.

I drew him from the butt down then did the upper half using a #2 mechanical pencil.

I finished it while my hair was processing. I still like his butt.
Sue


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
I am very pleased to see you are taking your sketchbook with you while you are out and about - good on you! So tell me, did anyone ask what you were drawing or did they leave you alone? I think that is the biggest deterent for many as shyness gets in the way.

How long do you think it took you to do this one? Did you touch it once you got home? (More points for you if you didn't!)

I am impressed with your drawing and I am very proud of you. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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Life From Both Sides

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)

Life From Both Sides

Life From Both Sides

This is a picture from a calendar from Habitat for Humanity (an organization that uses volunteers and donated materials to build homes for families not as fortunate as the rest of us).

This little boy captured my fancy. He is looking through broken boards at the "other side."

I used a mechanical pencil to sketch in the outline and a #4B for shading. I kinda liked the way it turned out.

Just a reminder that not everyone has a nice home but they should. All it takes are a few volunteers.


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Note from Kerry:
Hello dear Sue,
I think your drawing is very profound, I can see why you felt the need to portray it. I must say, your drawing skills are so good, you've done a terrific job with this one.

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Newspaper Photo

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


The local paper ran a story about a group of actors performing "Phantom of the Opera."
I thought their costumes were probably left over from some Shakespeare play but I thought the pose of characters was interesting.
I used a basic #2 lead mechanical pencil for the most part. I was mostly interested in their poses and costumes.
I worked on this off and on for 2 days (nights).


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue!
This is exactly what I want to see in your sketchbook - it's great you are accepting your style now. I am very happy with your progress!

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Cowboy Alert

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


I have always loved cowboys (that's what I wanted to be when I grew up--never mind that I am a girl).

This guy came out kind of sissy looking at first. I guess he was from Brokeback Mountain. But I worked on his face, experimenting with different things (whiskers, mustaches, dirt, etc.) until he looked a bit more manly. I narrowed his eyes some.

I think I should have squared his jaw more, what do you think?


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Sue
I think he looks like a cowboy and that's the effect you were after... so, your job is done! If it was more of a close up, I would go into more detail for his face but I think it's fine the way it is now.

I always loved John Wayne in cowboy flicks, he is the best cowboy ever, in my opinion anyway.

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The Hainted Lamp

by Sue Bledsoe
(Tennessee)


Our touch lamp on the dresser comes on by itself several times a day. My husband says it's "hainted." (That's East Tennessee for haunted.)
Last night I looked at it for a long time and decided to try to depict the ghost "hainting" the lamp.
I used a plain ole Bic mechanical pencil #2 lead in 9 mil.
I kinda like the way it turned out. Something different for me. I'm interested in how you interpret the sketch.


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Note from Kerry:
Sue, that's a wonderful story and I love that you have put it down in the form of a drawing.
My interpretation of your sketch is maybe the ghost is fascinated with electricity since she only knows candles to be a source of light?

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