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My Sisters Beautiful Pencil Portraits

Updated on April 25, 2013

My sister, and her awesome pencil portraits.

This is Kathryn's great grandson Tate when he was first born.
This is Kathryn's great grandson Tate when he was first born.
Tonie is Nikki's daughter with their chihuahua Whittles
Tonie is Nikki's daughter with their chihuahua Whittles
Kathryn's daughter Nikki, mother to Tonie and Lauren
Kathryn's daughter Nikki, mother to Tonie and Lauren
My grandson Zechariah
My grandson Zechariah
Kathryn's granddaughter Lauren.
Kathryn's granddaughter Lauren.
This is a little girl with whom my sister tutored.
This is a little girl with whom my sister tutored.
This is Kathryn she is the master of these beautiful portraits.
This is Kathryn she is the master of these beautiful portraits.

A little about Kathryn Parker.

She really has no idea how beautiful she is inside and out. I tell her this all the time, but she refuses to believe me, or anyone else for that matter. Her self esteem has been battered over time. She is very self conscious of herself, but her time is now. She loves God, and wants to be the best she can be. She has always worked very hard. She went to college to be an accountant, and also worked in accounting full time while she went to school. It took a while, but she finally got her Bachelors degree in accounting. She loves math she tutors math every chance she gets. She raised two beautiful daughters while working full time, and going to school, so she has a lot of determination. I think she did a great job at all three jobs mom, working full time, and being a student. I don't imagine she is the only woman who has done this, but I think she is great. She loves accounting, so she didn't work at pencil portraits being so busy becoming an expert in the accounting field.

Kathryn has been back to drawing the past few years, and wowing everyone with her life like portraits.

Interview with Kathryn

Nancy:" Kathryn, you have been drawing for a few years now. Tell me what inspired you to start drawing."

Kathryn:" I'm not sure hmmmmm I was only about 14 years old. I just doodled a lot, and then just started drawing pictures of the cartoon characters."

Nancy: " I was really impressed with your drawings. You could draw Snuffy Smiths wife really awesome. I remember you took large drawing pads and enlarged them on those pads. I was impressed."

Kathryn: " I don't really know how I did the drawing I just loved cartoons, so I started doodling with the cartoon characters. They were cartoon doodles. They began to look just like the cartoons to me, so I kept working at them until I was happy with the drawing. To see my drawing coming to perfection. You just don't know what you can do until you attempt it."

Nancy: "I understand what you're saying. I tell people the same thing I see something I want to paint, and then just start with a draft that gives me an idea of where I want things. It is easier from there I just start painting, and adding things as I go. People think I can draw I tell them no I can paint, but I can't draw very well. But, painting is more forgiving than drawing because you can just paint over something and doesn't show if you do it right, but with drawing you need to erase, so you have to be more careful."

Kathryn: "Well, the erasing is not too hard to do. I use a special kneaded eraser, and it is like a putty. You can mold it, and shape it into small erasers for small lines too. If you want an area to be a lighter color you can dab the eraser on the pencil marks, and it absorbs the pencil color to make it as light as you might want it. So, erasing is pretty easy. Drawing is a series of drawing and erasing, and redrawing until you like what you see. I have erased sometimes so much that I had to start over again.

Drawing is my stress relief.

"Drawing is my way of getting away from stresses of the world." Says Kathryn. "I can just draw for hours, and the time just flies. But, I do need to be in the right frame of mind too. If I'm not in the right frame of mind sometimes the drawing just doesn't go right."

One thing that is important is getting away from your drawing some. When you come back, and look at your work you can see things that you may have missed, or things you would like to make better. It helps your eyes too to relax a little while before continuing your portrait.

I have watched my sisters drawings come to life from beginning to end. She has unfathomable talent as she begins to draw, and erase, and redraw again, and again. I just can't believe how the portrait started and then how the finished portrait is revealed. She can teach with grace, and patience with almost any student.

If you don't want to tackle a project like a portrait my sister probably could be persuaded to do one for you. Or, if you would like some tips I could give you her email address, and she would be glad to help you.


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