Archive for the ‘Portraits’ Category

Young Loretta, Step by Step

Monday, June 24th, 2019

People have asked how I draw on an iPad. Here is a brief explanation:

Mary Kornman

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

I was watching an old John Wayne movie and the girl-interest was Mary Kornman. I looked her up and discovered she had been one of the Little Rascals of The Our Gang series. I found a photo of her I thought was precious and decided to draw her.

Digital illustration

Pastor Rich

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Our pastor is moving on. I did a quick sketch of him as a show of respect and to say that he will be missed.

Digital illustration.

Young Loretta

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Occasionally I watch Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I came across an old movie starring Loretta Young. I remember her fondly from her TV days. I looked her up on the Internet and came across a photo of her when she was young and decided to draw her on my iPad. I didn’t realize it until I had finished the drawing that the photo of her was taken when she was only 14 years old!

Digital illustration.

Silvie

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Randomly piddling on my iPad while watching TV.

Digital illustration

Rhoda

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

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.

Louise

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

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

King Etzel

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

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

Tina Cheerleader

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

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″

Starlet

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

From the 1930s.

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Digital illustration