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.
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.