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Portraits of Family and Friends

Updated on June 19, 2013
Carole - pencil drawing from life.
Carole - pencil drawing from life.

Drawing portraits from life is one my favorite ways to capture a likeness of the person being drawn. Working from photographs when necessary is absolutely fine too, especially when you want to capture a certain time or place.

I did the portrait of my friend Carole shown here as a special anniversary gift for her husband. She sat at my kitchen table for about two hours and it was done. Both Carole and her husband thought it was a great likeness of her and loved it.

Melissa - drawn from life using Prismacolor pencils.
Melissa - drawn from life using Prismacolor pencils.
Andy - drawn from life using Prismacolor pencils.
Andy - drawn from life using Prismacolor pencils.

While on vacation in the Wisconsin Dells I did the portraits of my two children shown here. My daughter was six and my son eight at the time. We were just hanging out in the hotel room watching T.V. and playing games when I had the idea to draw them. I used Prismacolor pencils to do each of the drawings.

A friends daughter done from a school photograph using colored pencils.
A friends daughter done from a school photograph using colored pencils.

A good friend of mine asked me to do a portrait from a special grade school photograph of her daughter who'd passed away.

I was happy to attempt it but nervous at the same time. I wanted it to be perfect as it meant so much to her to have it done. My friend really liked the colored pencil drawing I did and said it captured her Jessie.

The actual portrait was full of more color than the color copy I had made of it seen here. I liked the idea that something I drew could give my friend some comfort in some small way.

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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      Rebecca - Thank you for the encouragement. I think finding the right tool to create something with is half the battle sometimes. Art school was great for me because they get you to explore all sorts of mediums, drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, print making and more. My area of concentration in art school was drawing and painting, but I love printmaking and photography as well. I encourage you to try anything and everything. You might be surprised where it takes you.

      Whonu - What type/s of art do you explore? Do you have any hubs about it? I'll have to check them out.

      Justateacher - You'll never know what will happen art wise unless you venture into it a bit. It could be as simple as drawing a fork. Seriously, sometimes working from the everyday items in our lives can make us look at things in a whole new way.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great art...I have always wanted to draw like that...one of these days!

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed your work very much.. a fellow artist. whonu

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are awesome. I wish I could do that. I visited your site, and found it

      very interesting.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words. I've been hesitant to put things I've made out in such a public forum, but then I thought it's silly to let them sit in files and boxes. If it encourages one other artist to show work they're exploring and creating it'll be worth it.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      You are so talented. Beautiful work.

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      So glad you stopped by cclitgirl and like these portraits. I love to write and take photographs as well. I'll have to see what you've been writing about these days. This is the first time I've put my art out on display to such a large crowd. It's exciting!:)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Cool portraits! I am a writing/art/photography fanatic so this hub was definitely a treat. :)

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