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by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)





I enjoy drawing faces, because that puts me in 'drawing-mode', and then nothing or nobody must stop me when I'm in that 'mode'!
My passion for drawing is major, and it matters to me if I cannot find the time, sometimes, which can make me moody! Raising a family can be very demanding, but so is my urge to draw - is this a recipe for 'failure'? No, not always! I use drawing as a tool to express myself, seeing that I hate to put my feelings over in words, drawing describes my feelings, totally. My self portrait is not too bad , either!


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Note from Kerry:

Sharon, it's great to see you are not a harsh self-critic. Instead, you drive yourself to achieve the perfection you know is inside of you. I admire that and I love your artwork, it is pure joy to see your creations. Thanks for sharing them here.
By the way, I also get edgy if I don't find time to draw. I think it's a good trait!

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My kid's portraits

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)




My son's portrait came out a bit too light to my taste, but I accepted that, seeing next time I draw him, I'll use a dark pencil range and charcoal- this will serve as a reminder and for that reason i do not see his portrait as a 'failure', but rather encouragement.
The next two portraits are of my twin-daughters, age 12, although today is their 13th birthday! This was also another great experience, because in real life they do look identical, but they're not. With their drawings I picked up exactly where their features of their faces differ! Try to draw twins, I recommend that first class for the ability to absorb and find the differences! That's soooo rewarding after you're done!


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Note from Kerry:

Sharon, I can see that you are going to be a wonderful guide for budding artists! Just by reading your story, I can feel your enthusiasm and the excitement that drawing has introduced into your life. Great work in all drawings! Happy birthday to the twins, it was interesting comparing their likeness.

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Portraits

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)




These portraits were done with the B range pencils and charcoal.
I am still learning how to do portraits, although I discovered a easy method to that, by using carbon-paper under the picture to ensure correct outlines. From there I took out the carbon-paper, and analysed the photo, then do all the shadings with different B-pencils range, including charcoal for the darkest shades.
This gave me confidence to do portraits that way, but now came to realisation that I need to do portraits without the carbon-paper, and that is scary!


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Note from Kerry:

Hi Sharon,
I think you are doing exactly the right thing by using carbon to help you learn. It is natural to be reluctant to let go of using it but I'm sure you'll be very proud of yourself when you discover you don't need that crutch at all. (Rate of improvement surprises all artists when they consistently practice.)
As for your drawings here, well, I think they are fantastic! I particularly like the 2nd one (if I had to pick a favorite).

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My family's portraits

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)





I added some more portraits I've drawn, and my photo album is improving.
The first portrait is my eldest sister, Heather Loubser, currently working at West-coast Radio in Cape town- I haven't seen her in years, but this portrait makes me feel her presence.
The next portrait is my eldest brother's wife, Tersia on her wedding day.
The 3rd and 4th portraits are of my step-daughters, Chantell and Candice. Their portraits were my start-off with this project, although I will draw a better one of Chantell, soon.
B-range pencils as well as charcoal-pencil was used on all these portraits, too. What a thrill!!


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Note from Kerry:

Wow Sharon, you are spinning out some fantastic artwork, I can only sit and watch in awe...

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More portrait drawings

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)





This portraits are also done with B-pencil range and of course, charcoal.
This is my step-son, his wife and 2 children, The baby is the newest addition in the family, since Oct 2010! The baby's portrait is my favourite, seeing he was only a few weeks old here! While he was asleep, I did this drawing of him- that felt so good and it has sentimental value to me!
My personal photo-album is coming along, and I feel so proud of this project!


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Note from Kerry:

Sharon, you have wonderful family spirit and I really admire the way you are doing portraits of them all. Your grand children look completely adorable and I feel like the little girl is inviting me to come and play some games with her. Excellent work!

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Family portraits

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)





Instead of having photos for an album, why not rather draw the portraits yourself, and then make your desired album!
This is what I'm currently doing, so that I can leave behind a legacy for my kids with personal touch to all our photos.
A lot of hours was put in this so far, but I usually enjoy to do the drawings in front of the tv, while the family watch their favourite programs.
In all these portraits, different B and H pencils were used to complete the pictures, as well as B8 and charcoal pencils.


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Note from Kerry:

Wow Sharon, these are wonderful family portraits. Has each person seen your portrayal of them? I'd love to know their reactions because I could sit here and look at them for ages. I really like your drawing style, great job!

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