Saturday, February 28, 2009


OK, this is some random person, from some random ad, from some random magazine.

Sketch of random person, from some random ad, from some random magazine

Friday, February 27, 2009

My sketch of a sketch of Herman Boerhaave, founder of clinical teaching, and the academic hospital.

Sketch of Herman Boerhaave

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)

Noah Lennox is one of my favorite indie artists who composes and releases albums under the name of Panda Bear.

I think I am going to do more portraits from drawings, as opposed to photos, because it helps me learn shading, and other techniques, I wouldn't understand otherwise.

Sketch of Noah Lennox aka:Panda Bear

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Glen Campbell

Ladies and gentlemen.....

....Glen Campbell!

Sketch of Glen Campbell

hahahahaha...sorry Glen.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jacqueline Kennedy

This is my sketch of Jacqueline Kennedy. Stephen King says that fear is at the heart of a lot of bad writing, and I believe that is also true for drawing.

You just have to try, you have to have fun, and you have to stop worrying if it looks good or not. That is not what it is about.

Being good at shading also helps.

Sketch of Jacqueline Kennedy

Friday, February 20, 2009

Audry Hepburn

I drew Audry Hepburn, goodness knows why.

She has extremely huge eyes which I messed up and made her look like an alien.

Also, the lighting in all her photos makes her nose look nearly invisible, and it didn't show up well in the photo of my sketch either...maybe some law with the image of Audry?

Drawing of Audry Hepburn

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

François-Vincent Raspail

My sketch of François-Vincent Raspail, one of the founders of cell theory and germ theory. Also once a candidate for president of France. Eh, why not? ;)

This was a sketch of a sketch and I learned a lot about the importance of shading.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Linus Pauling

A sketch of Linus Pauling, the vitamin C man...also the guy who won a couple nobel prizes or so...

Sketch of Linus Pauling

Monday, February 16, 2009

Michael Jordan

This is my sketch of Michael Jordon, a basketball player I admired as a child, and still do now, though I don't watch that much basketball anymore.

Jordan has a look of calm, confident, assurance in his eyes...exactly the look I need while drawing a portrait.

Sketch of Michael Jordon

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Elaine from Seinfeld

This is a sketch of Elaine from Seinfeld, or Julia Louis Dreyfus. Again, it is another train wreck, sorry Julia. I really tried to emphasize the chin in this portrait, and well, it botched, but learning is learning.

sketch of elaine from seinfeld

Today is also day 100 of this project. I was meaning to draw a sketch of the number 100, but I already drew Julia and I am lazy. And besides, it is all just an abstraction anyway, I will pick another random day to celebrate. Woooooo!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Diana Ross

My sketch of Diana Ross, not even close to her likeness, just like all my portraits thus far...

sketch of Diana Ross

Craig Kilborn

My sketch of former daily show host Craig Kilborn, who thought it was a step up to go to network t.v., but lost that gig in 2004. Goodness only knows what he is doing now, but it is probably good.

sketch of Craig Kilborn

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bonus - 3 in 1 day

3 portraits of Dan Ariely I drew while attending his seminar on behavioral economics.

3 random portraits

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ginger Rogers

Here is my sketch of Ginger Rogers. The eyes are a little skewed and the mouth is a little low.

My sketch of Ginger Rogers

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Strange Eyes

OK, so this one is titled "strange eyes" for obvious reasons. I think I am going to stop naming the people I draw when they turn out this bad.

OK OK, this was Jim Carry but it came out more like Clint Eastwood.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Angry Natalie Portman

This is my sketch of Natalie Portman. I tried to draw a pout, but in the end she just looks angry. Also, her eyes are crooked. Sorry fans.

Sketch of angry Natalie Portman with crooked eyes

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Train Wreck

If I wasn't absolutely dedicated to honestly representing my journey in learning to draw, I wouldn't have posted this train wreck, but I am, so here it is:

The portrait attempt will remain anonymous to protect the famous personality which inspired it, but you are welcome to hazard a guess.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

This is my sketch of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. The Dutch cloth salesman who never went to college but still managed to discover bacteria, the cell nucleus, sperm cells, blood cells, nematodes (little worms), and more...making him a little hero of mine.

Sketch of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Sorry his left eye is so dark, but my eraser smudges. :/

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Michael Pollan

Today I drew food author Michael Pollan, who I rather like.

Bad sketch of Michael Pollan

Today is also day 90 of this whole experiment, so I went back over the drawing-each-day album with my Mum. She was drawn to items she uses everyday, the kitchen things, the grandkids toys, the clothes, and lastly, the portraits. This led me to reflect that it is the everyday items of peoples life that draw them into art. A magical bond between the objects and experiences that comprise our consciousness. Portraits, unlike anything else, are universal, other people's faces enter everyone's life, and therefore, are one of the best studies and forms to pursue, if not, one of the most difficult and open to criticism.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bill Bryson

This is a sketch of Bill Bryson, one of my favorite authors. He really is quite humorous and more of a happy person than what shows in my drawing.

Sketch of Bill Bryson

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Worst sketch of Nicole Kidman Ever

OK, so portraits are tough, and this is my take on Nicole Kidman. Making it the worst sketch of Nicole Kidman ever.

Worst sketch of Nicole Kidman Ever

Monday, February 2, 2009

Clumsy Face

And this portrait is called clumsy face for obvious reasons.

sketch of a clumsy face but I am just learning

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Straight Hair

OK, portrait #2 is called straight hair, for obvious reasons. I more or less copied the technique out of the book on this one, which helps for learning.

Straight Hair Portrait