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An English Rose

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)


Well here goes, I saw a picture of a lady in an old film book, all films and the casts from 1948. The book was given to me as a child of 8 or 9, by an elderly lady.
My mother took it off me, as I drew a landscape of where I lived, on the opening blank page of the book.
I forgot all about it, and she gave me it back when I was 35 yrs old - she must have thought me old enough not to deface books by then, lol.
It was amazing even then I had a go at drawing, did a bit of drawing when I was 40, too busy with 4 children and working, and now, I'm ready to enjoy learning.
This lady I have added my own input, like the eyes mouth etc, the hat is similar tho, and my own title.
Wow thats the most I've ever written, hope you don't mind.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Yvonne
I LOVE that you have written a lot, the more the merrier I say. This is your page, you can say whatever you want to say - and I thank you very much, I enjoyed reading your story.
As for the drawing, well, my mouth fell open, I am impressed Yvonne, this is so lovely! The touch of red really has a great impact too, you must be proud of this one.

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Tears

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)

Tears are only words that are too deep to be spoken

Tears are only words that are too deep to be spoken

Hi, I was just sitting the other night, was looking at a book on drawing faces, it was just an experiment to get more experience, I quite liked it so would like to add it to the rest of mine.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Yvonne
I can see how much you have improved in a very short amount of time - you have done a great job! Looks to me like you are just about there with achieving great portrait drawings!
Did you use a grid or did you just draw from copying straight onto paper? It's good.

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Jen

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)


Still learning how to do portraits and face features, saw jen in a magazine, and thought Id like to have a try, its in my favourite media just pencils.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Yvonne,
I'm so sorry for being late with uploading your drawing - oops, I'm a bit behind with my work - I've been looking after my Mum who had some surgery recently.
You know, this is is a really good job for a portrait copied from a magazine - it just goes to show how much you have improved over such a small amount of time. You make me very proud :)

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A Victorian Lady

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)


My second drawing ever of a figure, hope you like it, seems I try so hard, and mostly not pleased with the outcome, but will keep on going, as its my favourite pastime.
I see so many pictures that you have on this site and love them, oh could comment over and over, that I want to be able to do that, gets frustrating at times, going to have a go at something with colour next, here's hoping.


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Note from Kerry:
Hello Yvonne
I know what you mean by getting frustrated but honestly, you are doing every thing right - you are practicing all the time and with every drawing you are improving. It's something we personally don't notice (because we have high expectations of ourselves) but for those of us who have watched you grow, we can tell that your drawings are getting more sophisticated each time.
I loved looking at this drawing, I'm pretty proud of your progress and you should be too! The lady looks lovely and let's not forget it's only your 2nd attempt! Wow, Yvonne, that's pretty dang good!

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My Grandchildren

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)


I couldn't resist having another go at portrait drawing, I'm on practicing facial features now so I thought I'd show this before I start.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Yvonne
I give you points for not taking the easy road -- you sure do like to set challenges for yourself! This looks like it's going to be great - is this your starting sketch? What medium are you going to use?

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My Grandchildren 2

by Yvonne Johnson
(Durham)


I loved sketching this one, hope my daughters like it.


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Note from Kerry:
Wow Yvonne, so this is the drawing you went on to create after your initial submission - the one called My Grandchildren?
You have done a great job and I can see why you enjoyed it.

It would make me really happy if you could write a bit more of a story thanks Yvonne, it's your page and I want you to talk my head off!

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Perfect

by rachel


I don't know who this was supposed to be, but she turned out to be really pretty.

I drew half the face because this only shows one side of her character, its like you can have so many problems but there is still so much more to you, maybe another side that people don't really get to see...


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Note from Kerry:
Rachel, this is another good one, it's lovely to study. It's very impressive that you can draw without using reference pics.

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Schizophrenic

by rachel


Me and my best friend have been friends for just over 10 years. We've been there for each other through everything, and just over 3 years ago she got diagnosed as being schizophrenic.
This is sort of for her, even if she never gets to see it.
It started out as a doodle when I was on the phone and somehow turned into this, but it sort of shows the different sides and distress of what she is going through.
Please don't judge it too harshly because it is personal to me, she's my world.


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Note from Kerry:
That is very sad news, Rachel. I am sorry to hear that about your friend.
Your artwork is fantastic, especially considering it started out as a doodle.

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Scream

by rachel


I drew this randomly after watching the grudge, I think my picture turned out to be scarier than the film was.


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Rachel
I don't watch horror movies or anything along those lines so I can't compare your drawing with them. I do think you did a good job with the drawing though, I especially like the teeth!

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The Joker

by rachel


We were playing blackjack and I got this picture in my head looking at the joker card and this is what came out. I never got round to finishing it but I think it turned out alright.


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Note from Kerry:
Rachel, this is one of your best!

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Pain

by rachel


Hi, it's been too long since I've been on here. This is how I was feeling and drawing is my release so this is where my feelings came out. I hope you like it :)


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Note from Kerry:
Hi Rachel
Oops sorry, looks like I've done some of your drawings out of order. Oh well, never mind, it's so good to see you back.

Your drawing is actually very good, I hope you pursue art as a career or at least keep it as a major part of your life.

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Mother and Child

by Tammy York
(Tolono, Il USA)

A mother's love

A mother's love

I am a beginner at drawing, and portraits is what I really want to do.
I am doing it free hand. I have tried the grid method, but I cant seem to get rid of the lines. (It only works in painting.)
I am new to art period, but I enjoy it very much, and drawing is very relaxing for me. I will have more time to practice in September when my daughter goes to Kindergarten full time.....til then, I draw or sketch whenever I can!


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Note from Kerry:
Hello Tammy,
Drawing is an exciting thing to teach yourself. Don't be afraid to copy from other artists because that is how we all learn. Of course, as you might already know, the main rule is not to sign the work as you own, credit always has to be given to the original artist.

Tammy, did you see the Portrait drawing videos that I added recently? They are not by me but I thought they contained some good portrait tips.

I think your drawing is fantastic for a freehand effort - portraits are the hardest topic in my opinion and I give you top marks here.

A simple tip is to focus on drawing first, shading is a whole other topic to learn so it comes last.

Whenever you want lines for guidance, use a 2H pencil very lightly, just so you can see them and then they can get lost in the blur of your drawing, without worrying about erasing.

If you ever try a grid again, do the squares to be at least one inch in size with a 2H - they are much easier to erase.

I hope I've helped you a little, I can feel your excitement through your words and I can't wait to share this time with you!

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