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Semi-Realistic Portrait Drawing

Updated on August 25, 2015
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I say out loud what others only think. I take great pleasure in expressing the hard core truth about awkward situations at Misscue.Hubpages.

Drawing Mr. Wright

Mr Wright, consider yourself now animated.
Mr Wright, consider yourself now animated. | Source

Drawing Mr Wright

Drawing Mr Wright
Drawing Mr Wright | Source

I used to think that all art was useless.

I was never taught appreciation of fine arts, and the local museum was simply a great place to play hide and seek.

I never took an art class in school since I was much too busy maintaining a 4.0 grade point average taking calculus, biology and trigonometry. My thoughts were that art classes were for the dumb kids. I still concede that the watercolor classes would be much too mundane, however I must admit that I do regret missing classes like art appreciation and art history.

I had never in my life picked up a sketch pad or paint brush until four years ago, already halfway through my life (or less) and that is something that I regret. Once I realized that I could pick up a pencil and sketchpad then draw an animal that looked so realistic that you would want to reach out and pet it, my views changed dramatically. I then sketched a picture of my child from a photo and an 'artist' friend asked me if I had used copy paper because it looked so identical! I laughed since I hadn't thought of that. That would be like cheating, I suppose.

This became a turning point in my world and I changed my views of art. I started paying more attention to other people's renditions of art and how they created colors onto paper. Some artists really have deserved their fame, although many times famous artists didn't become world renowned until after their death. That still trips me out. be known, not only in your lifetime, but for centuries to come and to go down in history is practically unfathomable and puts me in awe. Perhaps the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci somewhere between the years 1503 and 1506. This dude, Da Vinci really deserves the credit though. His stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

My Semi-Realistic Art

Sebastian | Source
Harley | Source

Steps One, Two and Three-From Photo to Sketch

This is the original photo I started with.
This is the original photo I started with. | Source
And this is the final Pencil Sketch of Tyler
And this is the final Pencil Sketch of Tyler | Source

Leonardo da Vinci...Now that is some realistic painting

....and I get it. It's not useless scribble, like abstract stuff. I suppose an art appreciation class would serve it's purpose here because I just do not understand the big whoop with abstracts. How these artists justify the price tags for their blobs of paint on canvas, mystifies me. My view is that someone somewhere back in time made a mistake on their canvas, spilled some paint or something. Then an unsuspecting bystander comes up, sees a rendition of abstract...interprets it as a combination of Jesus, his Mom, salvation, and the meaning of life, then offers way above market value...and it's called ART!

I still get dumbfounded whenever I see people at an art museum standing in front of a framed piece of "abstract" art. They collect in droves and stare at a piece that depicts something that looks to me like a simple red square with a price tag of $5000, I fathom as to what can be so awesome that it inspires dozens to stand in front of it. I've joined those crowds a time or two, and I still come to the conclusion that most of those people are standing there, just as I am, wondering what they are supposed to be seeing.

My artistic style tends to lean towards realism. I feel such accomplishment when I get the opportunity to sketch portraits that look identical to the actual subject. I have utilized various mediums; pencil sketches, pen drawings, charcoal and pastel and digital artistry.The easiest way for me to draw someone is with a photo of the subject, as opposed to a real life model, simply because I can take my time with a photo and any model would have to hold a pose position for an extremely long time. I like to draw children, pets, landscape scenery and animate them into a permanent piece of art.

Wikipedia describes realism as this: 'Realism in the arts may be generally defined as the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality, and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements.'

My view of the world has definitely changed since I became an artist. I can look at something in the real world and imagine it as a painting. I now can see the world in animation. It's a really cool way of viewing everything.

And this is Tyler in Semi Realistic Art

And this is Tyler in Semi Realistic Art
And this is Tyler in Semi Realistic Art | Source

My Semi Realistic Art

Faithful One
Faithful One | Source
Ipolani | Source

Pencil Sketch

My sketch of Shelly
My sketch of Shelly | Source

Best Drawing Pencils for Realistic Art

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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    Helen Kramer 3 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Cool, where can I view your art? Anything published?

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Love your art MissCue, especially "faithful one". I dabble wot art too, but mainly pencil sketching. Never really tried painting, and yes not a fan of abstract art. I wrote a hub about drawing using the right side of your brain. Voted up.

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    Helen Kramer 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Awesome comment. Thank you very much.

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    Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

    Delightful hub, Misscue! I love your work and your writing style. I am glad you had the inspiration to pick up that pencil four years ago!