Hockey with Grampa (pencil portrait)

This is a commissioned work that I did for a colleague at work. He wanted a portrait of himself with his granddaughter at the first and only time he played hockey with her, so that they would both remember the day.

Hockey with Grampa, pencil on paper, 9"x12", © 2015 Cindy Lapeña
Hockey with Grampa, pencil on paper, 9″x12″, © 2015 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
©2011 Cindy Lapeña