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A Drawing A Week Lens

Updated on March 14, 2013

An Evolving Art Lens.....by John Norman Stewart

In 2005 I started a blog called A Drawing Per Day. It's still up and running and gets a lot of traffic but I thought it might be interesting to do a Squidoo lens on a similar theme that develops over time. This might be inspiring for artists and art lovers, and would show different drawing techniques used in the posted drawings. I'll be mostly showing my own work, but will occasionally put in what I feel are exceptional work by others. Since it will be continually evolving it might encourage people to come back often and that would be a good thing....:)

January 22, 2012 - Drawing Post #1



The plan is to post at least one drawing per week and hopefully more. When we hit 52 drawings we'll start a new lens here on Squidoo. We'll start with this one which is a pen and ink drawing done with a micron Brush pen that is a very fine pointed brush that has archival ink and dries to a waterproof state. this is a sketch that I did today of an artist friend Richard LaForti, and it's my first attempt at using this tool.

January 23, 2012 - WINTER TREE




I know - it's supposed to be "A Drawing A Week" but I wanted to make up for starting late in January (2/3s over), so I posted this one and there'll be two more this month.

It's pretty cold out here in Northern California and the trees are bare. I like looking at the structure of trees and we have lots of gnarly oaks around here. This one is in our front yard and I drew it from the comfort of my workroom/office. Hope you like it. I used the same Micron brush pen that I used on my friend Richard, but this time I drew on handmade paper from India. It has an interesting heavy texture to it.




January 30, 2012 - A Surreal One



I did this one with one of those graphite stick pencils that are all lead. Then I put an accent of black ink around the left eye. The drawing just sort of happened. My wife thinks it's creepy, but it has some interesting sinuous things happening that appeal to me.

January 31, 2012 - Oaks in the Side Yard



Hey we did January, as promised. I did this drawing looking over the fence of our side yard. We have two vacant lots that have a lot of oaks in them. Trees always fascinate me and I never seem to get tired of drawing them. The hardest part is establishing the branches that are closest to you and trying to get the foreshortening right.


Febuary 5, 2012 - Drawing on Napkins....




I went out to a coffee house concert and forgot my sketchbook. I had my Micron pen/brush with me so I reached for some napkins and did some quick sketches of the band that was playing. It was kind of dark in the room but I ended up with about 10 sketches before we left. A nice evening.


Feb. 12, 2012 - A Drawing of Hands



This is a digital drawing that I did using Corel Painter IX. I used the pencil tool and then came back with white chalk for hi-lights. I have always liked this method of starting with a grey background; adding darks; and then light accents. It gives depth to the drawing.

February 19, 2012 - Sketch of Francis Coppolla



Here is a drawing that I did last week to auction off with a bottle of 1979 Charbon from The Coppola Vineyards. It is of, of course, Francis Ford Coppola, film director and vineyard keeper. I did it with brush and ink. It was fun to do because I worked for Francis for a year on "One From The Heart" at his Zoetrope Studios in Hollywood.

February 26, 2012 - Whitney Houston Drawing



I was lucky enough to be hired to paint a life sized portrait of Whitney for a film called "Body Guard". I didn't get to meet her personally but was given some nice photos to work from. I painted her in oils on canvas and delivered the portrait to a Beverly Hills mansion where they filmed this part of the film.

This is the pencil study that I made to familiarize myself with Whitney Houston's face for the "Body Guard" portrait in the previous post. The origninal drawing is at the California Watercolor Gallery in Fallbrook, CA. They also have giclees available of the drawing. If you click on Whitney you'll be magically taken there. :)

March 3, 2012 - Our Friend Sharon



I had to throw in a painting this time, but it's more of a sketch or study than a finished work. It's of a friend named Sharon and she has a very animated face, which I tried to catch using acrylic paints. It is 8 x 10 inches and painted on canvas covered masonite.

MARCH 10th - A Surreal Critter Drawing



Here is a surreal critter drawing that I did for my sister-in-law. It's drawn with a micron 005 waterproof ink pen and then colored with acrylic wash.

March 17, 2012 - Marlon Brando as Don Corleone



I did this drawing of Marlon in his best known role as Don Corleone in Francis Coppola's "Godfather" film. It was done with brush and ink.

March 24, 2012 - A Man's Face - Pointalism



Found this one of my many sketchbooks and it was a drawing of a man's face done with dots of ink. It's an interesting way of working and it's fun to watch the shapes evolve as you continue to make more dots.

March 7, 2013 - A Friend's Doberman Pinscher




_____________Time lapse? The Twilight Zone? Deja Vu all over again? A whole year has gone by, and I thought I'd better get back on the lens and start posting some more. Here is a drawing of a friend's doberman pinscher and, it is my 2nd dog drawing. Hope you like it.....




March 14, 2013 - A Horse Drawing




When I was five or six years old my mother gave me a book on "How To Draw Horses" by Walter T. Foster. I was really impressed with it and drew and drew some more. My oldest daughter posted a horse photo on FaceBook and I saw it and did this pencil drawing of it. (67 years later :)






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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks Benlwms: I really appreciate your looking at the lens and the very nice comments. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! :) John

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really like your lens and appreciate your talent. I am very motivated just by reading your work.

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @flinnie lm: Thanks Flinnie: Appreciate your looking at my art. John

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @LivRiley LM: Thanks Liv: Appreciate your comments. We all do have different perceptions of things. :)

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @delia-delia: Thanks D: I'll have to go out and check out your blog. Have a wonderful Sunday! John

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Your art is awesome! I see you also have an e-blogspot, mine is called "once in a while- panting a day" (because I knew that I'd never follow through doing one every day)

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      LivRiley LM 5 years ago

      Love the portrait with the eyeballs that your wife thinks is creepy...fabulous!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like your drawing,I am taking a drawing class.I love doodling and want to be able to draw.Such nice art here.Thanks for sharing.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Morgannafay: Thanks Morgannafay: Glad you came by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks E-Soy-Candles. Appreciate your stopping by. :)

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      The Feb 26 portrait is so dreamy! <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very beautiful artwork. I cannot wait to see what will be next. Thank you for sharing.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @CrazyforCollecting: Hello there: Thanks for coming by and liking my lens. It's nice to know that there are art aficionados out there on Squidoo.....:) Have a great weekend! John

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      This is so awesome! What a neat idea for a drawing lens. I'm pretty stoked to see more. I love all of the art so far. <3 Glad I found this.

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      CrazyforCollecting 5 years ago

      What a neat lens! Great drawings -- I'll be checking back to see what's new.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Morgannafay: Thanks Morgannafay: I appreciate your visiting and commenting on the lens. Have a wonderful week! John

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Brandi Bush: Hey Mamabush: Thanks for the encouraging words. I will definitely keep this one going......have a great week! John

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I know you just started this lens, but I already like what I see! I can't wait to stop back in each week and see your new drawings! :) Thank you for sharing!