Saturday, February 08, 2014

29 FACES - DAY 8

[My challenge is to draw a face from the front page of the Seattle Times from that day.]

This is not from the front page either though.  I found him on A2 of today's Seattle Times.  He looks like a judge in my drawing.  But, he's not.  He's a bad guy, or a good guy gone over the edge a little too far.  

This is a semi-blind contour drawing, meaning I only looked at where my pen was going occassionally to reorient myself.  I tried to keep my eyes on the contours and lines of the subject and 'feel' my way through the drawing.  I find you either get very interesting results, or really really embarrassingly bad results (if you're trying to do a portrait).

My fountain pen, that I usually use, ran out of ink just right after I started.  So, most of this drawing was done with a cheap black Bic pen.  Then I added layers of watercolor trying to build up the darks.  I was more patient this time.

This drawing was done from a photo on page A2 of the February 8, 2014 Seattle Times.  It is uncredited and accompanied a story from Dade City, Florida by Associated Press.

I was looking at some wonderful sketches on UrbanSketchers today.  Someone mentioned Sailor pens that have a caligraphy nib.  Note to self: It sounds like something I just gotta get.  Check it out.


  1. Oooooh--I really like this. Great loose feeling to his face. It's very expressive.

    And see--I'm checking up on you regularly, since I stole your idea.....Actually I've only done a couple from the paper, but I still think it's a noble idea.