My Many Faces

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Art is always something I’ve had an interest in. Particularly faces. Why portraits? I have no idea. Something to do with each face being unique and the personality captured by a talented artist. I can look at faces for hours on end. To some people, it might sound a little weird, but to me, it’s like looking at a wonderful vista.

I’ve Always Loved Drawing

Ever since I can remember, I would draw and draw and draw. There would be houses, fields, flowers, but I always enjoyed faces. The only lesson I enjoyed at school was art. I left school and like the majority of people, fell onto the treadmill, working as many hours as possible to keep a roof over our heads. The art got left behind, I was too tired, didn’t have time, there was always something else to be done, like drink beer (only joking). As the years passed by, I did find a little time to dabble in the creativeness of drawing. I tried watercolours, pastels, oils and acrylics, but I always came back to the humble pencil.

I Now Have The Time

The other thing about not drawing for years is you tend to lose the ability to do it. Like most things, the more you practice, the better you get. When I finally retired, the bonus was the amount of time I suddenly had. Even with jobs that needed attention around the house, there was still time to practice what I’ve always wanted to do. Draw!! (I sounded a little like Clint Eastwood then.) So, to recap, I now have the time to draw and after a little practice and self-discipline, I’m drawing. I knew I wanted to use pencils or pencil based crayons and on searching Google for suitable items, I came across a set of charcoal pencils.

I Still Have Work To Do

So it was, I was back enjoying myself, drawing and drawing what I love to draw, faces. My first attempts were not very good, after all, it had been a long time. Then my wife suggested I draw a semi-profile picture. Hence the Tom Jones picture. It’s nothing serious, just a sketch, but his hair, the colour of it, made it a good practice piece. I am very pleased with it and I did share it over on Facebook to some very nice comments. Hopefully, the drawing will continue and I’ll share them on here. Meantime, I have to get on with some decorating!

Here’s a website that introduces using charcoal pencils.

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30 Comments
  • Tony
    March 23, 2019

    I’ve always wanted to be able to draw or paint, but mine never turn out right at all. Good to see your posts a feeding through to the reader again.

  • admin
    March 23, 2019

    Thanks, Tony. Yes, finally my posts are showing again. It was something to do with SSL certificates and all that malarkey.

  • positivesideofcoin
    March 23, 2019

    Wow, I loved this post as since childhood this is my first love, sketching and painting. Though I don’t have proper training.

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you, Anjali. Glad you liked it. Iโ€™ve never had any formal training, Iโ€™ve just enjoyed drawing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • positivesideofcoin
        March 23, 2019

        You’re welcome, your work is really good. I loved this sketch ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‡

        • admin
          March 23, 2019

          Thank you again, Anjail, that’s very kind of you.

    • Diane Neas
      March 25, 2019

      No proper training required! I hope you draw and sketch often!!

      • admin
        March 25, 2019

        I am trying to keep sketching as much as I can. I admit that I didn’t draw for some time, but now I’m really enjoying it that I want to do as much as possible. Thank you Diane.

  • Peter's pondering
    March 23, 2019

    Your Tom Jones is excellent SOS. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you, Peter. I might post some as and when I draw them, but thank you for your kind words.

  • Bryntin
    March 23, 2019

    I expect Tom would be happy with that portrait, particularly as he’s 98 now. Obviously done from an older photograph.

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Lol, Bryntin. I know he’s getting on, but I never thought he was that old. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jimflanigan
    March 23, 2019

    Nice job on the drawing. Keep posting.

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you, Jim and I will.

  • roninjax
    March 23, 2019

    Wonderful work. Your thoughts remind me that if we don’t use it we lose it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev Jones
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you, Ron and you’re right, we do lose it if we don’t use it.

  • Sue W
    March 23, 2019

    Oh, Trev, this is magnificent. Debbie must be very proud of your drawing. I am also very fond of Tom Jones.

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you, Sue. Very kind of you to say such nice things. Yes, she is proud. Thank you again.

  • Invisibly Me
    March 23, 2019

    Holy crap, you drew that? And you say that’s nothing ‘serious’, it’s ‘just’ a sketch?! Are you kidding, that’s incredible!!! x

    • admin
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you once again, Caz. Yes, it’s only done as a sketch. Thank you very much for your kind words, but I’ve only used a couple of charcoal pencils and a putty eraser. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Diane Neas
    March 25, 2019

    Very nice. Great sketch. Well written.

    • admin
      March 25, 2019

      Thank you, Diane, that’s very kind of you to say.

  • Dave A Rudbarg
    March 27, 2019

    Love you, brother.

    • admin
      March 27, 2019

      Thank you, Dave, that’s very kind of you. Much love back atchya.

  • mabelfrancis
    April 16, 2019

    Very nice ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    • admin
      April 16, 2019

      Thank you, Mabel

  • Tanusri sen
    April 27, 2019

    Beautiful drawing… I love this post as me too love to draw.. But due to lack of time.. I can’t draw

    • admin
      April 27, 2019

      I used to be the same, I could never find the time, but it’s easier for me now I’m older. Thank you, Tansuri.

  • SovernessOverSeas
    June 25, 2019

    That’s really great. Would you ever sell or draw any from requests?

    • admin
      June 25, 2019

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I only do the drawings for my own pleasure as and when I find the right mood and time to do them. I find that if I get a request for a specific drawing, it always goes wrong. Maybe one day, I might sit down and take it serious enough to want to sell them and do commissions. ๐Ÿ™‚




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