Saturday, May 30, 2009

EDM #67 Draw something Mom

4-1/4" x 4-1/4" ink on sketchbook paper, using Castell TG technical pen, size 2 nib, with Radiograph ink.

I drew this from a beautiful photograph I found here. I am the father of two boys. We didn't cut either of my son's hair for quite some time, so both had curls at this age. Although the original photo was of a little girl, I think the child in my drawing looks more like a boy, and the picture brings back memories of my sons at that age.

I originally intended to draw the whole image and add color with watercolor but then realized that I had accidentally drawn on 60 lb. paper (from a pad that alternates 60 lb. with 140 lb. paper) which is too light for the watercolor. So I expect to revisit this image again. In the meantime, this picture meets Everyday Matters challenge number 67, Draw Something Mom.

This photograph is from Morguefile, which I recently found. The site appears to be a great resource for free photography that can be adapted for creative use without copyright concerns.


  1. A vibrant sketch and a lovely interpretation of the original photo.

  2. I love this---the tense hand of the child I have seen this many times----you have drawn the moment so well

  3. Dan,
    Thanks very much for visiting and leaving a comment. I just realized that I saw this wonderful drawing yesterday when I was flying around the EDM members sites and this morning actually have time to tell you that I love it! Plase keep sharing - it is so nice to meet EDM members through more personal contact.

  4. You asked if I used conte pencil, no I used a combination of mechanical pencil, and Derwent's 4B, 6B, 7B. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Very nice drawing. It must have been the connection to your own boys that drew you to the photo to begin with. This makes me think of the old-fashioned woodcut prints.