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My Black & White Pencils Drawings

Updated on July 14, 2009

More of my pencil drawings, black and whites. I prefer to work in black and white when doing portraits because of the raw beauty I see in black and white work, although I'm still struggling to capture what I see in black and white pieces... I'll keep trying, practice makes perfect!

Designed And Drawn By: Cam Anju
Designed And Drawn By: Cam Anju


I am naming this girl Amanda, I've always loved this name, Amanda. Mom says I love Amanda so much because it's one of the names she thought to give me before I was born...

Considering I already have two first names it would be over kill eh? (She said I couldn't make up my mind on my name.. XD) Anyways I thought she was pretty.

Amanda was done as just random drawing, no reference... and she doesn't really exist, I mean, I'm sure there's Amanda's and I'm sure someone looks similar but this Amanda is out of my head... :)

While the anatomy on this is better then I usually do it's still slightly off, the necklace (as my friend oh so bluntly pointed out) is going down in a way it shouldn't be since she is leaning... however I think it's fine, it's just sitting on a part of her body I didn't draw lol, and if I did finish it it would look fine the way it is!! Also the hair is kind of sketchy, as usual I lost patience and did it quick.

I love hand to head sketching, I'll probably write about it more, we'll see. I used an HB pencil, a 4B 6B and 8B pencils as well. For darkened areas I used my new Prisma colors, the black one for shadows and hard lines and the white one for highlights. :)

Designed and Drawn By: Cam Anju
Designed and Drawn By: Cam Anju

On A Kick.... Drawing, Drawing, & Drawing

This is just randomness, I was on a kick after drawing Amanda and wasn't ready to sleep yet so I drew her. Again just someone in my head... a nameless someone I guess... I'm so terrible with names, I don't name my drawings I Key-Word them, lol!

Her eyes kind of in some way reminds me of my mom's, but I'm not sure... I used HB pencil, 2B, 4B, 8B, 6B, pencils for this and again used the prismacolors for shading and highlights. At this point I really started to enjoy my new prismacolors, and started working with colors that I may put up someplace else later.

Project Art Done For A Project I may or May Not Continue, May Redraw Also.
Project Art Done For A Project I may or May Not Continue, May Redraw Also.

Still Unnamed, Maybe Always.

This is an unnamed girl I draw a lot and drew a different picture on my Pencil Sketches Hub, you may go see, she's at the bottom.

I'm not sure if I'l ever name her, maybe if I pick back up this project I will consider names again, at the moment I'm not sure if I will pick back up the project. Considering it never got very far anyways.. :P With current event going on at my house I haven't been able to put as much into my art as I would like to. Also haven't been feeling very "creative".

She was done with HB, 2B, 4B and 8B pencil(s) for major areas...

Unfinished project art... Mine. :)
Unfinished project art... Mine. :)

Hub Challenge Hub 28, Week 4... Almost there!! Times running out!! ^_^


This is not at ALL how I would draw this anymore. Took me a lot og guts to put this up because I find it embarrassing at this point. :P

While I like the overall stance and pose I would not draw the face like that anymore and don't like it anymore.

I guess this character, (being the same one) is still a work in progress and needs to be worked on if I ever pick the project back up. This is the same girl as above... and on my other hub.

The scene is she just woke up, in fact I never planned more of this little project but her getting up... funny huh? The more of this project I put up the more it sparks my interest again, maybe I will pick it back up but probably not anytime soon. ;)

Done in HB, 4B, 8B pencils...


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      Personalized Pencils 

      10 years ago

      they are so cute.. I like it.. 2 thumbs up for you.. ^^

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      Cam Anju 

      12 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Brenda Scully, Thank you so much! ^_^ I'm flattered!

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      \Brenda Scully 

      12 years ago

      love your drawings, your personality shines through your work..... looking forward to reading more hubs.....

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      Cam Anju 

      12 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Jeff, Thank you for the wonderful tips, while this isn't that old.. I have noticed what you said about not actually having lines on the face, and just being shadows.

      I am trying different pencils and mediums lately just trying to find what works best for me.. :) A blending stump is something I have looked into and want but with it being $15 of shipping cost to get to where we live I'll be buying after we move next month... only 2 and half weeks lol! Thank you very much for the tips and the comment I really appreciate it, and I will be trying to work on proportions and shadowing instead of lining the face shortly.

      I am now following you on Twitter aswell and hope to be able to talk more, and will be friending you on facebook shortly... :) Thanks!

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      12 years ago

      Cam Anju

      This is a cute blog. The first two drawings at the top show great talent. You have a good eye and sense of proportion.

      I don't know if you have ever tried this before or not, but you might want to consider something.

      You mentioned using a few different pencil types. I almost always used an ebony pencil myself to get the darker areas dark enough, but lately have gone to a 2B mechanical pencil. I use the mechanical pencil for the entire drawing. It is good because it doesn't leave the mess and I don't ever have to sharpen it.

      Here is something I've learned. When you look at a photo (that is what I normally sketch from) you will discover that there are a lot of different values (shades) in the picture. I try to stay away from actual lines on the actual face. What I mean is for example, the lips, The eyes, nose, etc. All of these features are parts of the makeup of the face. But when you look at the photo, there isn't always an actual "line" that seperates them from the rest of the face. Sometimes it is only a shadow. So when I do a portrait sketch now, I lightly sketch in the outline or shape of the object. Then I use my gummy eraser to remove the sketched outline. I then just add shadows where I see them.

      Now here is the real trick! I use a "tortillion" to do my blending. It is also known as a "blending stump." It can work miracles and make a drawing look lifelike. Sometimes I don't even put my pencil on the paper, I just use the left over lead on my tortillion! You might have already used one, if not try it, you will like it!

      In the meantime Keep drawing, your are doing a great job. I am following you on Twitter too. Here is my twitter page

      I am on facebook too here

      Us artist's have to stick together!


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      Cam Anju 

      12 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Storytellersrus, Thanks! I guess I am huh? I'm planning to put up the last hub tonight! :) Yeah it could be huh? Some old things from 10+ years ago are comming back up to haunt me... oh no! lol!

      My mom cosidered the names, Cassandra, Amber, Andy, and Amanda for me... finally I ened up with the name Cassandra, although very shortly it got changed to Cassadra Amber, so now my legal first name is Cassandra-Amber, Cool huh?

      Your daughter sounds nice, and I wish her the best of luck with her dancing!

      Thank you I'm glad you like my drawings, my process huh? I din't even think of it as anything different, I wouldn't know where to start.. but maybe someday I can write a hub about it! :) Oohh I can't wait for 30!! :D

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      12 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      You are nearly done with your Hub Challenge, Cam! That is as awesome as your drawings! Congratulations. You will make it. I'm sorry to hear that you are going through tough times in your household. I guess it's the state of things around the globe right now, eh?

      I love what your mother says about your name and how you couldn't choose it. I felt the same way about my youngest daughter. The other two had names decided long before they were birthed, but my youngest liked so so many names, it wasn't until the final moment that we figured out who she was and then she was disgusted by her choice because boys had the same nickname, Alex. I think Lexie suits her well, now. I also liked Alix, the nickname I gave her- for Alexandra- when she was born. She is a dancer and there are lots of dancers with this name.

      Your drawings are great. I thought the second one was a drawing of a disgruntled Amanda- a slightly more discheveled version. She is alive with those intense eyes! I admire all of your drawings- even the one you don't like of the body language. Your process interests me. I think it's like writing stories with pictures. You seem to let the character emerge in the drawing. Maybe you could write a Hub about this process. Number 29, lol!


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