What one does when faced with the truth is more difficult than you’d think – Diana

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Another Sunday and another blog posts. This makes my fourth posts this year already (mashing last years quota of 1 blog post) what can I say I’m on a roll! As the weather was pretty miserable this afternoon, I decided to give my new Faber-Castell pens a whizz which was gifted to me by a certain someone.

I wanted to draw a strong woman or a woman who portrays a strong woman. The first woman that popped into my mind was Gia Gabot who plays Diana/Wonder Woman (because modern day Wonder Woman is pretty baddass right!) and off I went, ripped the seal off the case that contained the pens and got the ink flowing.

I admit it felt strange to use these pens again, the way the ink glides across the paper was alien at first; I was used to the more vigorous approach of the ballpoint pen. It soon came back to me, a bit like driving for the first time after 2 weeks off (going from “What are these pedals for?” to “Oh yeah, now I remember!”). It made me realise that I really should have bought some new pens way back when I first ran out, maybe then I would have drawn more often, but hey you live and you learn (should have, would have, could have and all that!).

As per, I started with the eyes, then the nose and then the lips which I’m quite happy with. Okay maybe the lips need some work and are a bit wonky but (and this is a big but) at least Gia doesn’t look like she has fish lips (ah, the relief, it washes over me!). Next was the outline of her face and neck before attempting the hair! (Oh the hair!) I’m notorious for being awful at drawing hair, but for the first time in ages I’m content with how I’ve drawn Gia’s hair (I mean I’ve drawn worse…much worse, right?).

The part that I struggled with was her dress. She was wearing a beaded dress, but I messed it up so badly that I just made it into a black dress (admittedly there are still remnants of the old attempt in the drawing). I have no idea what the design of the dress is meant to be (I’m no fashion designer…evidently!), but I like to call it creative.

Of course, no drawing would be complete without a bit of input from my old faithful ballpoint pen! I did some shading with my trusty pen and then finished off with lighter shading with pencil.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with this drawing considering it’s my first time in years since I last used any Faber-Castell pens. Thanks to the certain someone who gifted them to me (you know who you are!).

Well, that’s all for know folk. Hopefully, another drawing will be on the cards soon!

Ciao for now,

JB

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Cillian Murphy aka Thomas Shelby

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Well I’ve become addicted to Peaky Blinders, not only is Cillian Murphy a right attractive badass in it, Tom Hardy is also in it! Like double whammy!

Anyway as I’d already drawn Tom Hardy, I thought I’d give Cillian Murphy a go.

It didn’t start off well…I think I’ve had to recycle about 30 sheets of paper with barely a drawing on it before I was happy. It’s always the beginning that’s the problem for me. I always start with the eyes and then work my way down and around, so if the eyes start off bad, there isn’t much point me carrying on with that attempt because I’ll know the mistake is there.

I knew this one was going to turn out through, everything just went well, practice really does make perfect! I actually combined pen and pencil in this one, it’s not obvious, but that’s how I wanted it. If you look at his cheek and under his hair you can just about make it out, and some in the background too.  I think it adds a nice effect to it!

Who to draw next, that is the question!

JB

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Finally a new drawing! Tom Hardy

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I know what you’re thinking: ‘She’s started drawing again!’ and you’d be right to think that. After a year and a bit, I’ve finally picked up that pen and started drawing again.

I decided to draw Tom Hardy after watching This Means War ( I’m such a romanticist! Haha), I know he look nothing like this in that film but drawing Tom Hardy with a beard was easier than without!

Anyway for a first attempt at drawing again, I don’t think it turned out all that bad. Okay so one eye looks a bit bigger than the other and his nose…I’m sorry Tom, I just couldn’t get it right! But it’s not a bad effort I don’t think.

I’m hoping to get my next drawing done next week once I’ve been on holiday!

Ciao for now,

JB

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The Wolverine!

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I haven’t been on here in ages (I know, shame on me!), but here is a drawing I did of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine! Overall I’m happy with how it turned out. I reverted back to using my Faber-Castell pens for the shading, just to give it a bit more impact, but I also used my good old ball point pen.
I think the drawing could do with a background as the outline in some parts are quite thick.

Anyhow a quick post!

Over and out

JB
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