Category Archives: Portraits

Pencil Portraits from the Past

Since I had the scanner out, it seemed a good time to scan these four works before I got them back up on the wall. They represent my appreciation of “costume roles”, mainly because the portraits are fun to draw … Continue reading

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Celebrating Bradbury

I created the following picture digitally (actually, in the dimensions of a Facebook “cover picture”), specifically as a birthday present for James A. Owen, who is very fond of Bradbury personally and professionally. It seemed a good way to honor … Continue reading

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Smiley and Karla

This is the actual scan of the pencil portraits, which is much clearer than the photo I took of the finished piece.     If anyone is interested in prints of this, let me know. I have a Zazzle store … Continue reading

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Smiley Process – Part 5

Getting much closer to finishing the piece. But I was still playing chicken with Alec Guinness’ face. Shortly after I took this picture I admitted to myself I’d have to deal with the face. I couldn’t fill in all the … Continue reading

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Smiley Process – Part 4

Every little bit makes things come clearer. But I’m still uncertain about Guinness’ face.

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Smiley Process – Part 3

More with the negative space. Might as well start building up the darkest spots.

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Smiley Process – Part 2

Once the general shapes of the faces were in place, I had to start making choices. Guinness’ face was still stumping me, so I gave my attention to other details: the shape of his hat, his scarf, and the background. … Continue reading

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Smiley Process – Part 1

Finally getting around to posting the in-between parts of the Smiley & Karla portraits. THIS PREVIOUS POST shows the earliest point I took a picture of. I had blocked out the positions for the heads and had sketched in the … Continue reading

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The End Result

At the moment, I still haven’t figured out some key things about the ComicsPress template…. so for now, this is a regular post. Which means that although I have pictures of the intermediate steps in the drawing of Guinness and … Continue reading

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Hit with Inspiration

I’d watched my DVD copy of the Alec Guinness Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Saturday, and got inspired. I watched the second piece, Smiley’s People today, and while doing that also did a pencil portrait of Guinness as George Smiley, … Continue reading

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