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In Memory

by Patty
(Iowa)

E Casanova as Michael Jackson

E Casanova as Michael Jackson

When I went back to see which site I had found this picture on. I realized, after I finished, that I had drawn a picture of a Michael Jackson look-a-like. I found this picture on Tapley Entertainment. And they fooled me.

This was drawn as a tribute to Michael Jackson, in his memory.

Michael Jackson was, and always will be a legend in music. He will be sorely missed by many.

***Note from Kerry:
Wow, this is a top job, Patty! Congrats to you.

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Portrait of a Star

by Patty
(Iowa)

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

I found this picture of Jack Nicholson in a magazine, I was so excited when I was finished with this one!

He has such sharp lines to his face that it made this portrait a little easier to draw than any other I've done so far. And, I have to admit, that I surprised myself when I was finished with it.

I've been doing pretty good at portraits of my family, but none have turned out this good. Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite stars so doing this was a lot of fun for me.

My son made the comment that this is so good it's scary. WOW did that ever make my day!!!

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Patty, I recognized who it was straight away and I was pretty impressed with your drawing, too! You must be proud of your work. You have done a terrific job.

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Portrait of a KING

by Patty
(Iowa)

The King Of Rock And Roll

The King Of Rock And Roll

I have a friend that absolutely loves Elvis. I've drawn several for her. But, I feel this is the best one yet. All the other ones have been caricature drawings.

There really wasn't any drawing done on this one. It is all done with shading using a #2 pencil. Hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed doing it.

***Note from Kerry:
Patty, I love how you've done this. That type of drawing has always intrigued me. I have experimented with it but I don't do it as much as I'd like.

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Portrait of The Duke

by Patty
(Iowa)

John Wayne

John Wayne

John Wayne was one of my dad's favorite actors. Having grown up with this legend, I myself love all his movies.

***Note from Kerry:
Me too, Patty! I love The Duke. I have a bust sculpture of him that I adore.

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Portrait of a Star

by Patty
(Iowa)

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

I absolutely love Lucille Ball. She was one of the greatest of her time. She brought laughter and happiness into the homes of millions of people.

I found this publicity shot of her online. And fell in love with her all over again.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed drawing it.

And Kerry- You are right about the one touch of color that I like to put in some of my drawings. I've been doing that for some time now. If I'm not able to work a color into a drawing, well, if you notice; I always sign my name in red. Which is the color I prefer to work into a drawing. But will work with others when the need rises. Thanks for noticing!!!

***Note from Kerry:
This is lovely Patty. Your admiration for Lucy shines through your drawing!

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My Family

by Patty Hanson
(Iowa, U.S.A.)

Beaty Bunch

Beaty Bunch

For Christmas of 2007 I took the graduation pictures of all my brothers & sisters, plus my Mom and Dad's wedding picture and drew this for my Mom as a gift. I'm the one on the top right side.

My graduation picture was taken in 1978. I'm not sure about the dates on any of the others. I think my parents were married in 1943.

My father passed away in 1988, so this really meant a lot to my Mom. This also brought back so many memories for me while drawing Dads picture. He used to tease me about not being able to draw a straight line, but at the same time made me feel really good about anything I ever did.

I scanned all the pictures and put them on this background with a photo editing program using one of their free backgrounds. When that was done I printed it out on 8x10 photo paper so it wouldn't fade. Then I placed it in a really nice walnut frame.

Today my Mom has all of us 7 kids, 13 grandkids, 24 great-grandkids, and 4 great-great-grandkids.

***Note from Kerry:
Yes Patty, I think that would have been the best gift your Mom ever received. It would have taken you a lot of time to do this. That's so thoughtful.

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Music Major

by Patty
(Iowa)

Future Music Teacher

Future Music Teacher

This is a drawing of my son sitting at a grand piano. This picture fascinated me because of the reflection on the piano.

I shaded, lightly, with the side of my pencil on the top of the piano. When I was done with that, I used my finger to create the reflection effect.

I'm afraid I didn't do my son much justice in this drawing but the photo was extremely small that I went by, it was very difficult to capture just what his face and expressions were at the time.

This is a drawing that I did about 2 years ago. My son is now on his way to a University this fall to become a Music Teacher.

**Note from Kerry:
You must be proud of your son, Patty. Your drawing is great, and a good keepsake.

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Portrait Of Another Friend

by Patty
(Iowa)

Allison

Allison

This is the second drawing I did for a friend of mine that has gone out of town for a couple of days.

This is her daughter who was born with Downs Syndrome and today is 21 years old. She is one of the sweetest people I've ever met.

It's an honor and a privilege to have this, now young lady, call me a friend.

She gives her love and friendship with all her heart. And it shows in everything she says and does.

***Note from Kerry:
And it shows in your drawing, too Patty. It's lovely. God Bless Her.

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Portrait of a Niece

by Patty
(Iowa)

Great-Niece

Great-Niece

I finally got around to reading some of the advise you give on this site. What a difference it made for me!!

I was reading about turning a color picture into a black and white picture to be able to see the shading better.

I also watched a video online about drawing faces which really helped me a lot with the hair.

This is a drawing of one of my nieces. The first one I did of her a few months ago: her face looked flat, now with the shading-WOW. I couldn't believe the difference something so simple could make.

Thank-you so much for such a wonderful, helpful site.

***Note from Kerry:
Hi Patty, I'm so excited that you are learning things as you go along. You deserve all the credit - I can see how much you are improving even though I thought you were pretty good to start with.

Your drawing is great! I would think your niece will love this! Good job.

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Portrait of Kindness and Wisdom

by Patty
(Iowa)

Mother

Mother

This is a drawing of my Mother. She is one of the kindest people one would ever hope to know. And after raising 7 of us kids she definitely is wise.

I don't have the hair quite right, but am trying to figure out how to draw a perm.

I am drawing portraits of everyone in my family as a Christmas gift. No small feat either. There are somewhere around 34 of us now with all my nieces and nephews!

I'll post one every now and again.


And Kerry, Thanks so much for the comments and encouragement you give to me. You have a wonderful site that is very helpful.

***Note from Kerry:
Gee, thanks Patty. I'm so glad you are enjoying my site.

Hair is tricky to draw but it's not impossible. You can darken the roots (by going over existing lines unevenly, in direction of hair) and sprinkle some darks on the tips. You work from light to dark by going over your strokes. You can also use your eraser to lighten some areas. It can be great fun to do. You can also try different grade pencils. Drawing hair is a bit like basket weave, the hair goes over and under.

I'm no expert but that's what I've learned so far. I hope it helps you.

Your Mom looks beautiful. It seems to me that you have captured a good likeness. Well done, Patty.

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Portrait of Man and Wife

by Patty
(Iowa)

Together Forever

Together Forever

This is a pencil drawing of me and my husband. This year we will be married for 30 years! On our 25th anniversary I wrote him a poem called Together Forever.

I am so very happy to say that we still are and always will be "Together Forever".

I had a picture of my husband to work from, but none of me. I sat in front of a mirror and drew my profile along side his. I welcome all comments, or advise on my drawing.

**Note from Kerry:
Wow, Patty, that was an extremely brave thing to do. (adding your pic by copying from a mirror.) You have done a terrific job!
p.s. Everyone loves a happy story. Congratulations on your 30 years together.

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Portrait Of A Friend

by Patty
(Iowa)

Portrait Of A Friend

Portrait Of A Friend

I've been going through some pictures with a friend of mine. I found one of each that I thought were the most adorable photos of them. In this drawing he is flicking his hat with his finger.

My friend went out of town for a couple of days and I did these drawings for her as a surprise for when she gets back.

I will also post the drawing of his sister.

***Note from Kerry:
This is great Patty! I really like your drawing style.

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