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Pencil Sketches

Updated on October 10, 2014

These are some of my sketches over time, from the age of 15, I lost my older sketches. To me there is something calming and fun about drawing, I always loved drawing but was not very good at it, but all of that changed when I met oom Koos "at the age of 9", he is a very wise man and dear friend to me and my family. He taught me one little secret that changed everything I knew about drawing (but that is for another hub) the rest I taught myself, I don't use fancy or normal pencils anymore, they tend to make my pictures blurry sometimes, I just use a normal HB pacer, as you will see some of my pictures are more clearer.

I have put in the approximate time it took me to draw them, and I'm not telling a lie, it's the truth. My reason: most people think it takes days, weeks and even months to draw a normal sized picture. Its not true, well at least for me.

I hope everyone enjoys my sketches as I do.

Afri-cat, took me 3-4 hours
Afri-cat, took me 3-4 hours
Dragon I sketched from a small statue, took me 5 hours
Dragon I sketched from a small statue, took me 5 hours
Porsche cayman S, took me 2-3 hours
Porsche cayman S, took me 2-3 hours
Peace valley, took me 1-2 hours
Peace valley, took me 1-2 hours
Easter island statues, took me 4 hours
Easter island statues, took me 4 hours
Lamborghini and Ferrari Spyders, 3-4 hours
Lamborghini and Ferrari Spyders, 3-4 hours
Man peeping, took me 1hour
Man peeping, took me 1hour
Ford F250 Superchief, took me 3-4 hours
Ford F250 Superchief, took me 3-4 hours
Body builder I drew from news paper article, took me 4-5 hours
Body builder I drew from news paper article, took me 4-5 hours
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, took me 2 hours
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, took me 2 hours
White horse, took me 3 hours
White horse, took me 3 hours
Chevrolet camaro, took me 3 hours
Chevrolet camaro, took me 3 hours
Leopard,took me 5 hours
Leopard,took me 5 hours
Rooi Valk 1m x 1m, took me three days, "19 hours"
Rooi Valk 1m x 1m, took me three days, "19 hours"
Aston Martin Vantage, took me 2-3 hours
Aston Martin Vantage, took me 2-3 hours
Ferrari F430, took me 3 hours
Ferrari F430, took me 3 hours
Bugatti veyron, took me 2-3 hours
Bugatti veyron, took me 2-3 hours
Dodge Viper, took me 2-3 hours
Dodge Viper, took me 2-3 hours
One of my own design cars, took me 2-3 hours
One of my own design cars, took me 2-3 hours
Just one of many "spaceships", took me 2-3 hours
Just one of many "spaceships", took me 2-3 hours
Day dream beach, took me 2 hours
Day dream beach, took me 2 hours

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    • Idude607 profile image

      Idude607 

      7 years ago

      I really like your drawings, thanks for sharing. Please show us more! Seeing those drawings really inspire me to pick up a pencil again...

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Gareth I am humbled by the complement. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed my drawings & my calendars.

    • Gareth Pritchard profile image

      Gareth Pritchard 

      7 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Nando's

      I have enjoyed looking at your drawings they are good and some of the subjects you have chosen are really quite difficult to achieve. For example landscapes have so much information in them that it is very easy to over draw them trying to put it all in. I also looked at your calenders on LULU cool idea.

      Thank you, Gareth.

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      lol...Thank you EdG. Yes you right one should never fall out of practice, for instance I used to speak very good Portuguese but since I moved back to SA I'm not that good any more, cause I hardly speak to someone that is Portuguese here.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Enjoy your day.

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      EdG. 

      8 years ago

      Great stuff! Don't ever let yourself fall out of practice. I used to draw all the time but I let myself go and my sketches now are just shadows of their predecessors. Anyway, I suppose the point is that one should always take time to cultivate and appreciate artistic skill. There's something about creating an original piece of art with one's own imagination that is pure magic, or as close as we'll get in this reality anyway. It's also a great way to meet women, but that's an entirely other story and no concern of yours I'm sure.

      At any rate, keep up the good work!

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you Philippe Mandangi, happy to know you loved them.

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      Philippe Mandangi 

      8 years ago

      Very fascinating, I love most the car designs

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Peggy W, yes I did, I didn't get the time to make that hub yet, but will after the dust have settled.

      Long story roughly shortend: oom Koos is like a grandfather to me, living in Mozambique didn't give me the oppertunity to get to know my own family members, so everyone we know in Pemba are "family" but oom Koos is the closest one of them all.

      For the secret, I mainly have to draw it to be able to explain it better, but the root of it all is using the sun in your imagination to create the scene before drawing it (the shadows of the sun, that effects the object).

      This technique is applied to everything you draw to make it look more alive.

      Can you see why I have to make a hub of this secret, in order to explain it better?

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed viewing your drawings very much. That was always a form of entertainment for me when I was a child and I still enjoy it all these many years later. You mentioned being influenced by oom Koos and his "secret." What was it?

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you for commenting. I am glad my mythological work is appreciated, I will do more. Thank you for the compliment.

      Yes, the easter island statues was intentionally given a bit of different characteristics. It is making me feel good if this is seen by the viewer.

      Thanks again for your appreciation.

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      peterxdunn 

      8 years ago from manchester uk

      The dragon is great; do more mythological stuff please.

      Your Easter Island picture is a bit weird though, the statues look like they're stood around - with their hands in their pockets - waiting for something to happen.

      Sort of expectant; but trying to look nonchalant about it.

      Was this intentional?

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Hi D.A.L thank you, I enjoy it when people enjoy my sketches.

      thanx

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      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, you are a talented lady.Really enjoyed this hub very much. Thank you.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      You are so gifted. Writing and drawing too. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nando's profile imageAUTHOR

      Nando's 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you for the nice comments, I've used charcoal before but not much, I am planning on using it more.

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      Simple Tim 

      8 years ago

      Awesome drawings Nandos!I love pencil sketches.Have you ever tried Charcoal? You dont need fancy charchol too just burn a few twigs in the fireplace or at worst the kitchen sink so you dont burn the house down:)But its really very simple.Your techniques would look fastastic in charcoal! You have got talent!you should also consider doing a hub about drawing techniques or pehaps share your experience of learnig how to draw!

      Best Tim

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      Mystique1957 

      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My dearest Amanda...

      You got talent! No questions! I like the freshness of your approach and the love you put into every trace. The dragon is one of my favorites because I am a dragon lover, it figures, right? I have Rated this hub up and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

      Al

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I particularly like the leopard and the Peace Valley. Really lovely! Thanks for sharing.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      equealla 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thanx for sharing this with us all. More guys can appreciate your talent this way.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      You are very talented and especially good with drawing cars. Thanks for showing us some of your artwork!

      Mike

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      reggie.1.618 

      8 years ago

      wow some really nice drawings...you really have got some talent!!!

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