This is a drawing I did for my Mom for Christmas. It's a still life of a pincushion doll Mom got from my Grandma. My grandma was a gifted quilter, and she used this pincushion doll all her life. Mom has good memories of the doll from her childhood and was delighted to get it when grandma moved to an elder care home. I had painted a hacked off version of the doll that was only half done and wonky, but Mom took a liking to it and put it up on her wall. It was kind of bugging me as an artist to visit my parents house and constantly see a painting on the wall that I did that I didn't really like or think was all that great, so I decided I would do a better piece of art and give it to her for Christmas. I did it in graphite, 4b, I think, and framed it at Michaels. At this point, it's going to be a birthday gift in March because it all came together so late. More could have been done, and I'd like to do a better color version someday, but I think this drawing captured the doll's essence, and I think she'll like it and be very surprised.
This was copied from Vogue again, but I purposely left out the hat and dress to try and kind of make it my own. This took a couple days.
Before I forget and not post for another 5 months, here is my latest finished drawing. It's in 4b pencil and I don't remember how long it took. Maybe 10 hours? It's about 9x12. The face is from an advertisement in Vogue, of course. I was playing around with morphing shapes, flat vs 3d, and abstract vs realism. I kept getting too busy with the background shapes and would erase and smooth and start over, etc. I'm fairly happy with it, mostly because I learned more about my style and my tendencies. Since I've drawn/painted from life and pictures and other paintings all my art life, it's been difficult to pull myself into a little creative digression from realism. I'm enjoying it, but I don't have the hang of it yet.