April 14, 2019


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 9:47 am

My great great grandmother.

Rhoda Ann Hardin Shaw, was born April, 1828, in Walton County, Georgia, descended from the French Huguenot family of Hardouin, who fled into Ireland from religious persecutions, later settling in America in the state of Delaware. Henry Hardin, Rhoda’s grandfather, moved to Georgia. Her father, Benjamin, married Elizabeth Hearne, settling in Walton County, Georgia but afterwards moved into northwest Georgia among the Cherokee Indians, and settled on the Chickamauga.

In May, 1844, Rhoda Ann married William P. Shaw, and settled near Lafayette on the east side of Pigeon Mountain. In 1800, they moved to Franklin County Alabama where in 1886 her husband died. In 1891 she went to Fouke, Arkansas to make her home with a son and afterward went to Fannin County, Texas, to live with her children there. She died in Texas April 8, 1894.

March 31, 2019


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 9:10 am

This is Louise Brooks. She was an actress in the 1920s and 30s. A true “flapper girl.“ She helped popularize the bob hairstyle. Apparently, she was something of a hedonist. But I didn’t draw her because of all that. I just thought she was pretty.

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Digital illustration

March 17, 2019

King Etzel

Filed under: DRAWINGS,History,Portraits — Colby @ 8:34 am

This is a depiction of King Etzel from a beautiful sculpture (Nibelungen-Brunnen, “Nibelungen Fountain”) in Tulln, Austria by Michail Nogin of his meeting with Kriemhild. Etzel is my German family name and I claim him as my ancestor. That’s how I got the Sir Colby nickname. According to the Nibelungenlied (the Song of the Nibelungs), it was in Tulln that Etzel saw Kriemhild and proposed to her. The fountain was dedicated to this event in 2005.

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Digital illustration

March 3, 2019

Tina Cheerleader

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 9:33 am

I don’t remember how the conversation started but it ended up being about Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Tina Hernandez, from the late 1970s, early 1980s. I mentioned that I had done a drawing of her but a search on my website revealed I had never posted it except in one of the banners. A photographer friend of mine had taken a photo of her on the field and gave it to me to draw. Tina moved on to Hollywood, became Tina Gayle, and starred in the TV series, “CHiPs.” Many years later here’s the drawing:

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Pencil on poster board, 13″ x 15″

February 17, 2019


Filed under: Portraits — Colby @ 2:43 pm

From the 1930s.

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Digital illustration

February 3, 2019


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 2:16 pm

A quick sketch of my pretty grand niece.

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January 20, 2019


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 4:51 pm

Actress Marion Davies, January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961.

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January 6, 2019


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 7:28 pm

G-Kid#2 took up the trumpet and is doing exceptional well at it. For his birthday I surprised him with the made up drawing. Done with Adobe Sketch on my iPad.

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Digital illustration

December 30, 2018


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:56 am

I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep.  After a couple of games of solitaire on my iPad I decided I would draw something. I did this sketch of long ago actress Norma Shearer.

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Digital illustration

December 9, 2018


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 3:54 pm

Saturday afternoon watching football and experimenting with the iPad.

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Digital illustration