Drawing and Painting After Picasso

I thought it would be fun to mess around with some sketching and painting of Picasso and some of his works that I was most attracted to.  The sketch above was him as a relatively young man, done from a photograph of him I found on the internet.

Then I found a sketch he had done of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova,  that I thought was interesting so I sketched that, along with a self portrait he did of himself when he was 28.

Then I was attracted to a painting he did in 1907 – “Head in Three-Quarter View”.  I did my rendering in pastel.  His original was done in gouache and watercolor.Then, I locked on to his wonderful painting entitled, “Portrait de femme” from 1945.  My copy, below, is done in watercolor on sketch paper.

You learn a lot about another artist when you do these “copies”.  For a while, I was not allowing myself to copy any other artists – but this can be a fun exercise and I feel like I connect better now with Picasso than I did before.  I understand better now how he used shape and structure.  So once again, I broke my own rule and it was a good experience.

I really enjoyed these so much that I think I will do a few more.

Favorite Picasso Quote: “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it”


Mick Jagger Sketch

It’s crazy to think that Mick Jagger will turn 75 this summer!

Long after most bands would have broken up and fallen apart (or physically departed this world), the Rolling Stones just keep on keeping on.  If nothing else, they are testament to the power of focus and the longevity they’ve achieved as a result of that focus is almost unparalleled – they know what they love doing and they just keep doing it.

My favorite Mick Jagger Quote: “You can’t be jealous and be a leader”


Easter Island Sketches

In my never ending search for something interesting to draw, I came across some photographs of the ancient Easter Island sculptures and decided to sketch them.

One of the important learnings I’ve had about drawing and painting is to focus on getting the tones and values right.  So these drawings gave me the opportunity to get the darks and the lights right and to play with the contrast of dark and light on the faces.


Abstract Pen and Ink Sketch

I was in Hawaii recently with my family and we had a lot of fun sketching and drawing when we weren’t playing in the ocean and shopping.

This is a pen and ink sketch I did – took me  couple of days because of all the detail.  Doing drawings like this puts you in a very Zen place – so much fun!