Ellen DeGeneres is another person I do admire, for everything she is and everything she does. I just had to do a portrait of her as well. This portrait is the first in my whole series of portraits of people I admire or just simply want to draw.
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Drew Barrymore, but this image was just absolutely stunning I had to draw it. It was for an ad in a magazine. It seems tinted yellow because of the light filter on my camera.
Sometimes, I do a sketch just to see if I can do it. When I started sketching portraits, I chose striking personalities or images, mainly of people I admired for some reason or another. Other choices might be of significant historical figures. I makes me feel connected to history in the making. The portrait I will not sketch is of someone whom I can never admire, for many reasons. I did this portrait of Barack Obama, the first African-American president, shortly after his election into office. It was an incredible moment, to see him elected. This does not mean I admire US politics at all, but because of the way it directly affects the rest of the world, I do follow it and have my opinions, which I will not share here. This portrait is now in a private collection.
Nelson Mandela is a man to be admired, and I have admired him and followed his life and career closely. The simplest tribute I could do was to create this portrait.
I started this sketch with pencil, then decided it would look better with colours, and I wanted to try working with coloured pencils, so I did that. Then, I decided to use ink to emphasize the outlines and certain details. I think it turned out very well. This sketch is now in a private collection.
This work is another quick sketch done in summer 2014. I had several fresh fruit and decided I’d make a still life of them as an exercise along with a student. It is now in a private collection.
I drew this over lunchbreak on Thursday, the 2nd of April. I had already done one last year, then gave it to a friend, Richard Furlong, but forgot to even take a photo of it, so I had to make another one for myself.