WHO doesn’t LOVE “Downton Abbey“??? Oh my word we discovered it after season 1 had aired in the UK, and once we got our hands on it over here in Canada, we fell in love with the characters immediately.
We just finished watching season 4, and I decided to do something that is long overdue – draw the characters! So far I have done three of the cast members – see below. Also scroll to the bottom to see who tweeted at me after my first sketch!
Carson [Jim Carter]
Mrs. Patmore [Lesley Nicol]
The Dowager Countess [played of course by Dame Maggie Smith]
Robert (Hugh Bonneville) & Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern)
Moseley – just gotta love him! (Kevin Doyle)
Now to tackle the rest of the cast… stay tuned!
This year I was able to do a few commissions for people as Christmas gifts [see previous post]…. this is something I as an artist take super seriously, and just love the opportunity to create these special gifts for people!
The first one was for a friend from the studio. She was flying home to the East coast for Christmas, and wanted to give her mom a “cartoon” portrait of her, her brother and her parents. They were a very fun bunch to draw, and apparently when her mom opened it, she said “Oh my soul!”. That makes me SO happy.
Brush pen and Prismacolor pencil crayons on Moleskin sketchbook.
The second one was super special. A friend had lost her dad a few months ago to cancer, and her daughter had really fond memories of him carrying her on his shoulders. So for Christmas she wanted Santa to give her daughter a drawing of her and “Papa” together. I ended up doing two versions of the drawing, which I almost never do. The first one I did was a bit more cartoony, and the second one was a bit more realistic. I felt like it was such a huge honor to capture this moment, I just wanted to make sure I got it right. 🙂
Brush pen on Moleskin sketchbook. This is the first version – the second is the one her daughter is staring at in the frame. 🙂
Alrighty, somehow I am managing to keep consistently one day behind… but given my schedule, that’s actually not bad!! Here we gooooooo!
Another reminder to pleeeeeze donate to this great cause – 11 DAYS TO GO!!
Day 14 – Clark Gable in “Gone with the Wind”. Done in pencil.
Day 15 – Request from a donor who is also a fellow Movember-Bro – he asked to be drawn wearing a smoking jacket, and drinking scotch. I live to abide. 🙂 Drawn with Prismacolour pencil crayons.
Day 16 – Another donor request – Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman”. Claaaaaaaasic. Brush pen and pencil crayon.
Day 17 – Couldn’t resist drawing another Muppet! Swedish Chef drawn in Copic markers.
Day 18 – Dali has got to have the most recognizable art – and ‘stache! Done with brush pen and Prismacolour markers.
It’s actually been really fun for me to push myself to try different styles in different mediums. They seem to look better in my head than the final product, but the life of an artist is an ever-evolving one. I must give myself grace and encouragement to keep going, one drawing at a time!
Okay let’s keep ‘er going and finish this marathon of drawings!! Hmm. Drawing for a cause. Wish I could do this more often.
More Movember sketches!
Day 9, a donor requested Captain Jack Sparrow! Lots of detail on his outfit to simplify.
Day 10, I had to do Hulk Hogan – this one was fun to do with cutout construction paper because he is just made up of colours and shapes 🙂
What do Chaplin, Sam Elliott and Wolverine have in common???
Except they were requests in my Movember sketch challenge! If people give money to this cause, they earn the right to suggest a drawing! So here is Day 3, 4 and 5!
Keep Mo’ing on and donate here!