Drawing Tony Stark in charcoal

Hey, so after my lesson last night on chalk and charcoal drawing, I thought I’d have a go at another tutorial on portraits in that medium and as I’ve given it a bit of a rest so far, here’s what I’ve got at the moment (I bought some fixative for when it’s finished so it doesn’t get messy).

And yes, I do have Avengers bedsheets…Thanks mum :s

Drawing the Mona Lisa

Hey, so it’s been another day stuck in bed after my operation so I’d been thinking again of where I’ve been. To get to my brother’s wedding, I once caught the train from Southampton in England to Barcelona in Spain and stopped in Paris on the way. Whilst in Paris, as everyone should, I stopped in the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa of course and she….A bit daring I know since she’s a Da Vinci masterpiece….was the subject of today’s sketch and I’m sorry I haven’t got up to use my scanner and have just taken a photo…but here it is:

She needs work, but I’m reasonably happy with her so far.

U can’t C this….just kidding

Hey, so further adventures in drawing….well, I’m stuck in bed, I have a couple of books but I thought I’d look at some web imagery and tutorials and as mentioned before, I am a bit of a wrestling fan….so I’ve drawn one of the greats in the wwe…John Cena and…..here he is…

Mount Rushmore in charcoal

Many years ago I took a white ford van for 6 weeks around the United States and obviously I saw many things….and, will probably draw lots of them but I thought I’d try somewhere I’ve been in charcoal and well…that kind of monument in South Dakota seemed perfect, so here’s my attempt. Charcoal is really quite nice and easy to smear….now that has it’s good and bad side. I must also say, you really should visit….it’s much smaller than you’d imagine.

Here it is, sans the odd actor approaching for photos.

Drawing Emilia Clarke…

So I’d just finished my two drawings yesterday and had a look on instagram and noticed this absolutely stunning photo of the beautiful Welsh actress Emilia Clarke and thought “Well, I’m gonna have to try to draw that now aren’t I?” This is a spur of the moment portrait and usually I’d spend much longer…especially on the mother of dragons herself but here you go….I’ve also added a touch of colour in the second one:

Here you go; I do like what they’ve done with her hair.

I also tried to add a bit of colour but I always end up a bit like a black and what photo that’s been coloured in:

See what I mean?

And here’s the photo it’s based on…..

She just looks fantastic.

Capitol pen and inked

So I’ve traveled around the world a couple of times and I like to remember where I’ve been and I’ve essentially been to Washington DC four times and I think I’d like to try to draw a few of my highlights. So essentially, here’s my version, now, I’ve taken a couple of liberties due to the size of the paper I’ve used but here you go; If I’m honest though, the Capitol building looks so much better from the inside. The fresco under the rotunda is amazing! Check this out, really, it looks fantastic:

https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/capitol-rotunda

But anyhow, here’s my attempt to draw the building by pencil itself:

I’ve tried to not make it look too much like the Riechstag…which I’ve been in as well but hey, here you go.

That sphinx, some reckon he’s a bit of a cat :D

So my last sketch before I went home last night was of the Sphinx in Giza, which is far smaller than you might think!….I touched it’s paw and I just couldn’t believe, considering it’s age, how great it looked….Sans the nose.

It’s absolutely dwarfed by the pyramids in the background but it looks amazing.


Sick in hospital

So, I’ve been sat on a chair in a day unit at Southampton General Hospital today (where I probably will be tomorrow too) and all I could do was stare out a window….So I got my pen and sketched what I saw…..

Bit worried about that crack!

Ideas for leftovers…

Hey, so it’s Sunday and I’ve just come back from doing a bit of an impressionist sketch down the park but I was thinking about all the chicken I have left from yesterday…see below…I’m just checking out the bbc goodfood guide for suggestions (like chicken and pasta, curry, noodles etc) but check this ton of beer can chicken I have for maybe a week…I hear I can freeze and refreeze it so I should be good…but as I say, it’s an awful lot! (p.s. I’ll post up my sketch from this morning later).

Excuse the bluriness…it was still a bit hot.