Portrait of Jill with Colored Pencils

Portrait of Jill with Colored Pencils and ink pen
I did this portrait of Jill with colored pencils and ink pen at the first meeting of our artist group. I set up a still-life for the group to sketch, but then I asked the group if it was OK if I drew one of the members. Jill said it was fine, and she also approved my posting this particular drawing on my blog. I did two others, but I felt this one looked more like her, although maybe a Jill Caporlingua who is twenty years younger. I left the spiral on the left of my sketchbook in the reproduction for the web to give the viewer the idea that this is a sketch and not a finished portrait.

I did the pen part of this drawing without looking at the paper; I just stared at Jill’s head and let my hand do the work on the paper. This is called “contour drawing.” It is a great way to learn how to draw.

In case any of you would like a drawing exercise, here’s one for our next artist group meeting:
Draw (or paint) an everyday object. It can be depicted as realistically or as abstractly as the individual desires.
Suggestions: scissors, salt shaker, pillow, curtains, stapler, fork

I did a few sketches and then I did a painting of a salt shaker. I looked in Google Images – lots of other artists have also drawn salt shakers as a subject.

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6 thoughts on “Portrait of Jill with Colored Pencils

    • One of the “tricks” to drawing people is to pretend they are just a shape. One book suggested turning a photograph upside down and then draw.

      Salt shakers are fun to draw. But it is hard to show scale – my salt shaker looks gigantic. Not sure how to solve that issue. When/if I reproduce the painting, I will show it to the scale of a salt shaker or smaller.

  • Upside down…clever idea!

    I like this portrait! Love the hair and glasses! I can see how drawing the hair would might not be too difficult by just drawing and not looking.

    • Part of the issue is the mindset. If you think difficult, yes, it will be difficult. If you just see an object with details, then you can simplify and draw.

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