Ellen (pencil portrait)

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.

Ellen Degeneres, pencil on paper, 9"x12", © 2011 Cindy Lapeña
Ellen Degeneres, pencil on paper, 9″x12″, © 2011 Cindy Lapeña

Obama (pencil portrait)

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.

Barack Obama pencil on paper 9"x12" ©2011 Cindy Lapeña
Barack Obama
pencil on paper
9″x12″
©2011 Cindy Lapeña

Hon. George E. Coles Bldg. (pen & pencil sketch)

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.

Hon. George E. Coles Bldg., pen & pencil on paper, 9"x12", ©2014 Cindy Lapeña
Hon. George E. Coles Bldg., pen & pencil on paper, 9″x12″, ©2014 Cindy Lapeña
Hon. George E. Coles Bldg. (colour)
Hon. George E. Coles Bldg., coloured pencils & pen on paper, 9″x12″, ©2014 Cindy Lapeña