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Friday, December 21, 2012

Evenstar Necklace 2012

In honor of The Hobbit releasing, I did another drawing of the Evenstar. No, this isn't another drawing of Gandalf (though one IS going to be coming), or Kili or Fili, nor Dwalin or Balin, or Ori, Nori or Dori. Not Biffer, not Boffor, nor Olin, Gloin or Bomber or the leader Thorin. Just the Evenstar.

This is the longest, most drawn out (pardon the pun), most time consuming drawing I've done. It took 5 days, about 13-15 hours, and a whole lot of patience!

I'd drawn the Evenstar back in 2008, and in 2010. In keeping with the theme that I do a drawing of it every two years, I thought I'd keep with the tradition, and do one before the year is out. I also just got new paper, and wanted to try it out. I think both worked out well.

Definitely one of my favorite drawings to date! Even if it isn't a person.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Captain America - The First Avenger

So, here is the First Avenger - Steve Rogers

This Avenger took me at least 3 days to complete, but it was totally worth the time it took.

The outline (bottom left) was the first step, and by the end of that day, I finished everything but the ear piece, and the helmet around his eyes (inside). The drawing (bottom right) is what I finished after day #2. I didn't get much done that day... I was kinda antsy and quickly ran out of patience, so I only got that much done.
The large drawing on top, is the third day, and the finished product.

This is one of my favorite drawings! Steve Rogers (aka Chris Evens) is probably my favorite Avenger out of them all. Best line in the movie ~ "There is only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that." ~ Yay for Captain America!!

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Iron Man - Black Led Avenger

Named "Black Led Avenger" by a friend of mine (you know who you are, thank you)

My second Iron Man drawing that I've done so far, but this one took a loooooooot more time than the last one. The last drawing took me around 11 hours, which was one of the more lengthy drawings I'd done. Until now.
This drawing has taken me 3 days, working on the drawing for hours each day. Just to get that metal look. And as much as I said in my last post that I did "painstaking measures" to achieve that metal look...well this drawing I did that. only the painstaking measures were on steroids. Not only did I use the original 8B pencil for the dark parts, the 6B pencil for the medium parts, I was also using a mechanical pencil (yes, those are really handy tools! And I DO use them). The B pencils were used for the initial shade that was put down onto paper, then I used the mechanical pencil to go back and fill in those little white spots. Only this time, I did it more thoroughly than the last drawing.
And I also used darker contrasts with the graphite. In the other drawing, I didn't use that much of my 8B pencil, just keeping it to a 6 or 7B.

The reason I put more time into the drawing, other than the fact that I'm paying attention to little details, I'm entering this into a contest, and hopefully I'll win something with it!

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Finished (version #4)

First version.

I know that most of you who've seen Thor know Loki.
Loki has been one of the recent marvel movie characters that I've seen other artists draw. Some of the drawings have been good, some really good, and lots of amateur ones.
So I decided to add Loki to my many a characters to draw. Well, here he is. I'm not liking the drawing in the least bit. I don't know why I don't like it, but I just don't. It just isn't Loki.
He went through at least 3 changes before I settled on what you see now.
Anyhoo, I finally did him. I'll be doing another one of him, as soon as I find the right picture to do... but I will do another one, be sure of that!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quorra Upgraded - She's an ISO

Quorra upgraded.

So, some of you may have seen the post I did when I did the drawing of Quorra back in February of 2011. In it, I posted the drawing I did of Quorra that I did after seeing TRON: Legacy. And while I liked the drawing, I did it while I was filming it to create a speed drawing, so the shading was rough, the lines were jagged at best, and the shading was quite light.

So, one evening, I was bored, and I didn't want to draw something new. Now, I know I'm always the person who says "never go back to a drawing, and touch it up, or change stuff with it. Leave it, so that when you look back, you'll see how much you've improved." What do I do? I go and touch up this pixie ISO.
And I'm glad I did. Considering I did the drawing only a year and a half ago, my style hasn't changed all that much, just that my shading has improved enough for me to go and fill in the spots that I missed when I was doing the original drawing.

Because I wanted to put this up on FAA, I needed to change/upgrade the detail and shading. This is Quorra Upgraded.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bull Elk

This elk I did randomly as I was sitting at my computer, utterly board. So I pulled out a photo of an elk, and sketched away. This is the end result, an elk bugling.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Champagne the Cat

This is my dads' cousins' cat.
My dad's cousin, asked me to draw their adorable cat for his wife's birthday. Since I did this drawing back in September (13th to be exact), I decided to wait until after her birthday to post it, just so she wouldn't see it before she's supposed to :)

You'd never know it, but this cat is 17 years old. In cat years that's ancient, but she still looks like a little kitten!

"Precious as Pearls" is the name of this drawing.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bull Elk - A Birthday Gift for a Friend

One of my girl friends birthdays came by, and she absolutely loves to hunt! So I decided to draw her a bull elk, which I knew she'd enjoy! And this bad boy has one amazing rack.

I know I haven't drawn an animal in a while, so I thought I should post this.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Randy Armstrong - Younger Version

Randy Armstrong of the band RED.

Yes, this is the same guy as the rugged person in this post. Only about 3 years younger. With more hair, and less scruff :)

But for the most part, I did this one just so that I would have two drawings to take to the festival that I was going to (I ended up not even going to), but surprisingly, I really like it. I guess it's because Randy has his "hedgehog hair", as I like to call it.
I cannot wait for RED 's new album to release this next February!! With a new album comes new photos!!!

Done back in July 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Michael Barnes: Second Drawing

 Definitely one of my favorite half-shadowed drawings that I've done. Michael Barns of the band RED.

This is my second drawing of Mike, and definitely my favorite of the two. Probably the thing I'm most excited about is the shine on his cheekbone and top of the head. Other than that, I really like his earlobe... it looks like it really comes off of the page, and looks 3D.

Originally drawn on July 5th.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Anthony Armstrong - Splash

Anthony Armstrong, the guitarist for the band RED

This has to have been one of my most challenging drawings of all time. I actually had to separate the drawing into three different steps, just so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. The first step I did was fill in the black parts.

The second part was to fill in the water that is being splashed around his face.

The the final part is the finished product. But this drawing probably took me a full day of drawing to complete. Which is not normal for me to do. I normally can complete one drawing in a few hours, if I put my mind to it. But this one took soooooo long.

But I'm glad with how it turned out. It's one of Anthony's favorite pictures of himself.

If you'd like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kevin Young - Lead Singer for Disciple

Kevin Young the lead singer of Disciple.

I actually found myself finding it easier and easier to do drawings the more I draw. Now, I know that that is kind of a "duh" moment, and that drawing does get easier and easier to do with time and practice. But I really felt it with this drawing, which was around number 13 of 16 drawings that I did in 7 days. Yeah, insane, I know. Don't follow my example. Give yourself time and don't cram drawings in for a deadline.
But, I thought that it turned out considering that it only took between 2-3 hours, not 12+ that I did for the Anthony splash drawing (that post to come).
With the energy portrayed in this picture, you'd never know that Kevin is over 40 years-old. In fact, his name is what he looks. Young.

Such a nice guy. Keep it up Kevin!!

If you'd like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jonathan Jefferson - Guitarist for Nine Lashes

This drawing, the original picture taken by lovely Jeanette Yoder, is one of my favorite Nine Lashes drawings.
Yes, it looks dramatic, or in the words of my grandmother, "He looks angry", I think that this displays great emotion, and concentration in the intricate guitar parts he is playing onstage.

Why this was one of my favorites is because of the little details in the picture. The small shadows of his eyelashes, and how each lash is defined, as well as his two lip rings that stand out against the shadows.

He has really long hair, actually longer than mine, that he whips around onstage. Because of their intense show onstage, his hair is sweat soaked, thus making it gather together into small sections.

Overall, this is the second drawing I'm most excited to show Nine Lashes.

If you'd like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jeremy Dunn - Nine Lashes (Revision)

Earlier in July 2012, I was planning on going to a summer music festival. Nine Lashes was going to be there, and I really wanted to give them artwork. However, it didn't end up working out, and I didn't go. But I was left with 4 new drawings, and one that was done back in October of 2011 (bottom drawing).

I really wanted to give these guys my best, and the drawing posted below wasn't my best, and I knew that, even back when I'd drawn it for the first time.
So I decided that I'd redo it. Over the original drawing. Smart thing to do?? Yes, in this case.

I spent a few hours erasing and redrawing Jeremy's face, and boy-oh-boy and I glad I did! I cannot believe the difference between the drawings. If you do not believe me, click on the drawing and flip back and forth between them.
Currently, this is one of my favorite drawings I have right now.
Ssh, don't tell him that I've done this drawing ;)

If you'd like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jared Lankford - Bassist for Nine Lashes

Jared Lankford the bassist for the band Nine Lashes. Named "Quietly Dramatic" by Kismint

I must say that Jared was almost as hard to find a picture of as Noah was. But I finally found one that I could draw, so here it is. His facial hair was the most fun to draw, and I think that was the part that turned out the best.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Noah Terrell - Drummer for Nine Lashes

Noah Terrell. The drummer for the band Nine Lashes.

Noah was somewhat of a challenge. The biggest challenge being that there aren't many drawable photos of him, and since the band has only recently become a larger band (popularity wise) there aren't many photos of them in general. So I asked Janette Yoder if I could use some of her photos to draw pictures of the band. She readily agreed, and so I found myself a picture to draw.

I would like to find another, better photo to give him, but I'm glad with what I have.

Original photo copyright to: Jeanette Yoder Photography.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Melanie Greenwood

I actually started this drawing sometime in March. Yeah, that's how long I've procrastinated against doing it. But since I have been drawing like crazy, I decided I might as well finish it. So here it is.

It's not that the drawing was particularly hard to do, nor that I didn't want to, I just didn't have inspiration to do it. If you look at the drawing I did of Melanie back in September 2011, this one has so much more detail in it; smoother shading, higher contrast.
By doing this drawing, I remember why I like to do males more often than females. Because most females have smooth skin, adding the shading is really hard, because you have to have every stroke in place, with the right pressure. If you don't, then you get a mark you don't want to. And Melanie has porcelain doll-like skin (very smooth!), so it can take up to 3 more hours just so her skin will stay the same all the way through. Which is definitely nice for her :)

But on the plus side, I love to do things like long hair, thick eyelashes, and jewelry, things most guys don't have.

Though, I'm happy with the way it turned out :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Friend Surfing

This is a friend of mine who is going to South Africa for Surf Masters. He's a really good friend, and a really good surfer, but I'll be sad to see him go.

So I decided to send something with him to SA to remind him of "home". What better than a picture of something of that he loves to do. Surf. The water was what took a long time, and I still need to work on his mouth, but this is basically what he'll get.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Girl Worshiping God with Her Guitar

This is a friend of mine who used to live in my city, but now lives on another continent. She loves to play the guitar, and loves God. I decided to send her a gift of a drawing of herself, though it's only been a few months since she moved. She loves Switchfoot, and so I decided that when I see Switchfoot next, I'm going to ask them to sign this drawing, then I'll send it to her. She is a special friend, and I miss her a lot. Hopefully this'll make her year. Miss you Lise!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Joe Rickard - Drummer for RED

My two Joe Rickard drawings.

I must say that Joe surprised me with how fun he is to draw. His long black hair is a wonder (and super easy) to fill in, because it's all black. However, between these two drawings, I must have used a full 8B pencil to complete the blackness it demands.
His eyes actually startled me when I was working on the drawing. I never paid attention to Joe's features the same way I did the twins, but now that I've done him, I enjoy doing Joe the most. His eyes are actually the nicest of the three. They almost glow...

Personally I enjoy the landscape drawing more than the portrait drawing (aka, bottom one more than the top), and I hope when I show him these two that he'll take the portrait drawing ... just saying.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Randy Armstrong - Bassist for RED

Randy is the twin to Anthony, and plays the bass for the band RED. I actually was really excited to do this drawing, despite the tough facial hair this picture produced.
Out of all four band members, Randy is the hardest to find decent pictures of him. If you don't believe me, watch this video (behind the scenes of their music video; skip to 4:50) to see what I mean. He's just that type of personality, and we love him for it!
Unfortunately, that means that there are very few drawable pictures of him. This one I found in one of their videos, and managed to snap a picture of it.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spider-Man (2003)


I actually did this drawing to help Eldra out. I did the outline of the drawing, then as it came together, I found myself wanting to finish the drawing completely; which I did. Though it took a few weeks to do, I DID finish it!

This isn't the 2012 Spider-Man. It's the 2003 one.

If you'd like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Queen Padmè Amidala

To kick off one of my favorite months, here is Queen Amidala.

Oh, my word! Was this one ever fun to do!! What, with all the little detail to do, and switch between 8 different textures, why wouldn't it be fun?
I did this over a few different days, and finished it on May 22, but I kind of left the post unattended until now...
I'll be doing another shot of Amidala soon.

June the first be with you?... Just doesn't have the same ring as May the Fourth be with you.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Iron Man - Half of the Man

I'm quite excited to show you guys this drawing, because it's taken me over 11 hours to do! Ok, so normally you'd do the outline then shade the drawing in, then smudge the pencil to fill in those little white dots that don't get the initial graphite. This drawing I went to painstaking measures to give it the appearance of metal. Well, as much that can be accomplished with graphite.
I did the usual shading, then went back over it with a darker pencil that was sharpened to a fine point and filled those little white dots in. Now can you see how it can take over 11 hours?? :)

Not only that, but it was a welcome change from hair.
I did the entire drawing that way, but it was worth it! I'm hopefully going to do more Iron Man drawings, as they are fun, and challenging, to do!

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orlando Bloom

Orland Bloom

I did this drawing for the same person I did the top drawing of Josh, in this post.

I was excited to do this picture, as I've wanted to do this drawing for a while. Personaly, though, I don't like how it the face turned out. I like the hair though :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

 Thor Finished

 Before                                                     Middle

Ok, so Eldra has been bugging me to draw Chris ever since we saw Thor (about 3 months ago). I really wanted to do it, but at the same time procrastinated with everything I had in me. About 3 weeks ago, I started it, filling in the left side of the page, and part of his beard, but didn't finish it until the 5th of May.

Considering The Avengers just came out, I felt that this was a perfect time to publish it.

But man! Is blond beards ever hard to draw!! I had sooo much trouble drawing in his beard, and I still don't like it a hundred percent, but it'll have to do. As for the entire drawing, I had to do three renditions of it before it looked like Thor. The before drawing was the first version. Good, but not Thor. I changed a few things, which ended up being the middle drawing. Changing a bunch of thing, I ended up with the final Thor which is the big drawing at the top.

(to view the drawings 1-2-3, right click on the pictures and open them in new tabs, then click between them)

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kyle Kupecky - Anthem Lights

Here you go, Laurcia. Kyle Kupecky of Anthem Lights.

Laurcia came to me with a request to do someone from Anthem Lights. She gave me five different photos to choose what picture I want to do. Over two days, I worked to complete it before the week was done.

All in all, it was a good project to work on :) Thanks for trusting me to get this picture done!

 - Leauphaun

Friday, May 4, 2012

Padmè Amidala Skywalker - 2012

Padmè Amidala Skywalker

I did this drawing for the same friend that I did Shadow in the Forest for.

It's funny. I did Padmè back in 2007, 2008, then again in 2010, and now in 2012. You can see the difference, quite significantly I might add, between the 6 years. I had a lot of fun drawing this picture, as I always do whenever I draw Padmè. All in all, this took about 8-9 hours.
I just had to wait to publish this drawing on the 4th. After all, May the Fourth be with you! ;)

This drawing actually became a top 10 winner, and was chosen out of thousands of pieces of art to be published in a book.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arwen Evenstar - Fight at the River

                                               Before                                                 After
Click on the left drawing than press on the right arrow key (on your keyboard) and flip back and forth between the drawings to see the difference.
My second LOTR drawing of 2012!

This was done in my 7+ drawing streak that happened this past week. As you can see, I did a before and after scans of the drawing. The one on the left is my initial sketch, while the other one is what I changed it to after seeing what was wrong with the drawing.
Arwen, in the before picture, looks really harsh, with her eyebrows, chin, lips and eyes being quite sharp. I had to soften out her features by adding more to her lips, eyebrows and enlarging her eyes and eye lashes. Her chin got taken up quite a bit as well as the edge of her collar.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Josh Hutcherson x2

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

I did these two pictures for friends of mine.

I must say that Josh has some of the most fun, and challenging, hair to work with. I must've spent (between the two drawings) 8+ hours on his hair!

Other than that, I don't really have much to say about these drawings.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raphael - The Red Turtle

Eldra was working on our brother's Nintendo DS, doing a drawing of Raphael, the turtle from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She asked me for some help on how to do this part of the mask. I, being an artist, proceeded on helping her on more than that one little part. At one point, it was to hard to just describe how to draw, it was easier to show what I meant for her to do. I ran to our room, grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil, and ran back to the TV room (where she was working) and started drawing Raphael.
I ended up doing the entire head of the turtle before I showed Eldra what she was doing wrong so she could correct it before going on with the drawing. While she was working, I finished the rest of the picture just for fun. As she was working on the band around his head, I shaded in the low-lights of the picture, signed it, and sealed the deal.

What started off as a little bit of help, turned in to a full fledged drawing! By no means is this the final project, but I haven't gone back and smoothed out the shading. Actually, I wasn't going to post this on this blog, but Eldra insisted that it go up, so this is a treat for you cartooners out there.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Shadow in the Forest - The Hunger Games

Ok, first thing I want to say is that I know that this isn't the original Katniss. It is a fan made picture that someone did, and I used as reference. The hair was the biggest challenge, but it helped me work on the quality of how I do the hair.

But I did this picture for a friend of mine who wanted it drawn. Of course I didn't refuse at a challenge! Or request...
He ended up really enjoying it :) I asked him to name the drawing, and he came up with... Katniss. I urged him to name it something other than the character's real name, as this isn't the same girl. I suggested that he come up with a name that deals with one of her colors. Since she wears a lot of brown, he decided on naming the drawing "Shadow in the Forest". I agreed.
I think I ended up putting 8+ hours into this drawing, spread over two days.

But I'm happy my friend came to me with this request, because it sparked a 7+ drawing streak that I went on, and can't seem to stop. I love it!

Completed on April 6th.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Alex Burrows - Signed

Alex Burrows

Some time ago, Alex Burrows came to the Best Buy near me to do an autograph signing. But he ended up breaking his left hand the day before in an away game, and had to fly back to Vancouver to get his hand looked at. On the day he would've been signing.
I saw in the newspaper that he was doing a signing, and stayed up that night (until 2 in the morning) doing this drawing. That morning I woke up and found out that he wasn't going to show up. I didn't feel like I waisted my time doing that drawing, but was a little disappointed that I couldn't give him one of these two drawings.
About a month ago, my younger brother, Goose, saw that he was actually going to becoming back to do the signing, I gathered my two drawings that I wanted to show him.
Long story short, we ended up meeting him, and I presented him with two drawings, so that he could choose which one of the two he wanted to take home. With much surprise on his face, he choose "Anticipation", and signed the other one; my birthday drawing. For personal reasons, I blurred my name.

I aquired this drawing on March 11th.

Thank you, Alex Burrows!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

This is my two-day, 9 hour drawing: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, rising star of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL).

I was looking for random hockey photos, and ran across Ryan. I immediately knew I had to do this drawing. But I realized that all of my 8B-9B pencils (really dark) were too small to work with. I went to my local art store and picked up a brand of pencils that I'd never tried before, and tested them on drawing this dress. I then decided, after really enjoying how they felt/drew, to do this picture. I did the drawing the first time around.
If you want to see a tip on how I change the image without Photoshopping it, click here to go to my post on my Thoughts blog.

First draft                                                Second (and final) draft

So as you can see, there is quite the difference with how the drawings looks. I had to change many things to make it look more like Ryan. The first draft I didn't really like. I usually can tell if there is something wrong with the drawing before I see it over the original photo. The main thing I needed to change were... well I'll just name everything, as all of the parts contribute to his look.

His lips needed widening and filling out, as well as the shadow under his lip. I darkened his teeth, and made them less noticeable as it was in the photo. His nose needed defining and the bridge of his nose needed taking in and a little more shading. His hair line on the right side of his head was too high, so I brought it in, as well as add some more volume to the part on his left side.
The thing that needed major changing was his eye area. His eyebrows got filled out, and the shading under his eyebrows needing darkening. His eyes got enlarging by shrinking his bottom eyelid, as well as lighting up his grey-green eyes.

In a nutshell, he got a complete redoing of his features!

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Michael Barnes - Lead Singer of RED

Michael Barnes of the band RED.

I've finally come to a point where I like the photo as a drawing, as well as a picture. I did the drawing originally, but didn't like how it looked so I put it as an overlay picture in Photoshop and matched it with the original picture. Man, oh man, was it in need of touching up! The bridge of his nose needing fixing, as well as the tip, his beard, jaw, neck, scalp, ear, eyes, eyebrows, the works!!! Thankfully, this isn't a dark shaded picture, so erasing and touching up the picture wasn't much of a problem. But it's come to a point where I enjoy it.