Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays

We celebrated our family Christmas on my son's 30th birthday, December 21, because both of my children had the day off. We had a lovely time with lots of food and good cheer. Everyone was quite happy with their gifts. I think this may have been one of our best, least stressful ever.

Yesterday we traveled to the hubster's sister's house for the annual Holdwick Childrens' Christmas party. I finally got to meet the newest member of the family, Sylvia. She is a beautiful, happy baby who is 10 weeks old. This, too, was a fun gathering with lots of relatives and food and the much anticipated white elephant gift exchange. Miss P and Miss M rode with us (their mother had to work) and my son drove over with Miss K and Miss Z.

I finally began my redo of the Polish woman and jumped right into it with a 2B, 4B, and 6B pencil.  I used the smoother side of 140# cold press watercolor paper. Here is what I have so far:

Here is a link to the original photo.

I think the darks need to be darker, but it is so scary to really put a dark (besides the charcoal in her mouth and the pupils of her eyes) value on a face. I do think I need to darken the area under her ear and to the side of the eye on the left (her right eye). The nose needs more shading as well (not darks especially (except the nostril), but some difference in tonal value. I think this one is better than the first attempt - at least so far. It still needs work and I will tackle it again when I build my courage up.

Meanwhile, I am hoping you are having a lovely holiday season with your loved ones and that you get just what you want.

Wishing you a festive Christmas, Hanukkah, Rohatsu, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Yule. I hope I didn't miss anyone.



  1. Looking good Vicki.
    So are you mixing charcoal and graphite?
    I would try just graphite as I'm guessing the charcoal would jump out from the pencil. But I am also guessing others may
    One thing you will find is the more you use shading the better you will get at its control.
    Have a fantastic Christmas.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Vicki!

  3. Could you post the photo you are working from? Then we could give you more feedback. It's never easy to draw an older person. We go back and forth not wanting to add the wrinkles because they make the person look old. We're all going there! Each wrinkle has been earned. Perhaps the photo was not shot in the best light, which would make the wrinkles look too dark to you. Nothing wrong with making them a bit lighter. I think this drawing looks better than the first. Looks like you have learned from the beginning which is always what happens!

  4. I've added a link to the original photo in the caption under the sketch.

    Thanks so much for your comments,


  5. I always enjoy when I visit with you!!!
    Happy and merry everything!!

  6. She's looking good - I hope you're happier with this version, although I thought you did a find job with the first one! hugs, nancy