January 09, 2013


I made this sketch to try to loosen up before meeting with commission client #1 on New Year's Eve. I get oddly nervous before doing a sketch portrait, so I thought I'd just put pen to paper for a few minutes before they got there. I guess it worked!

January 08, 2013

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Lunch with the BFF

I got to have lunch with Heather a couple of weeks ago when I was working from home. Her daughters requested that I sketch something, then insisted that I color it! They would have preferred more color, but I like it as it is :)

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January 07, 2013

Cars & Trees

Parking lot! I had fun using my Pentel brush pen for those super dark shadows, but didn't have time to do much to the background.

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January 04, 2013

Speaking of Portraits...

This is from The Cove, where I met a couple to sketch them at the beginning of their date. It was a married couple, so no pressure on the whole date thing, though the guy did not know what was going on - it was a surprise from his wife.

We had a nice chat and they left with a sketch and I left and got take-out Ethiopian for my regular at-home Saturday night date with my husband.

More Portraits

New Years Eve was a busy day for me. Started the day with portrait commission #1, two little boys who were so sweet and patient.
Next was portrait commission #2, at a lovely home in Eads, where I made sketches of everyone as they went about their visiting. That's six girls ranging in age from 12 to about 20, and three adults. They were lovely people and I had such a great day making all of this.

Sorry these photos aren't much - took them with my phone. I need a portable scanner ;)

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January 03, 2013

Today's Lunch

Today at Panera, my other office, I sketched this group having a lunch meeting.

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