Monday, August 9, 2010

Sketching Faces . . . My Grandma

Thanks to everyone for all the great comments on my last post! I am still trying to figure out what is next for her! I may like her just the way she is! I will keep you posted on that one!

Before I tried to paint a face I did some face sketches. This one is a recent sketch I did from my grandma's wedding photo. I used graphite pencil which helped with the shading. It is one of my first attempts at a realistic face sketch so it is rough although you are all so kind that I feel as if I can share freely here! I am proud that I tried it and I feel like I captured the light in her eyes and her sweet smile that I will never forget.

Here is the original photo I sketched from . . .

This next photo is the last one taken of her and I. It was Christmas day back in 1999, two years before she passed away in 2001 while I was in the middle of my chemo treatments. It was very tough to loose her. But I keep my fond memories of her very close to my heart.


  1. What a heartfelt and touching post...such a beautiful photo of you both..hugs! your sketch is BEAUTIFUL..what a wonderful tribute to someone so loved! Wonderful work...yay...keep creating..keep shining!

  2. Thanks Kiki for your sweet comment! :)

  3. Hi Cathy! I am so impressed with this sketch of your Grandma. It is a wonderful likeness to the original photograph. Really beautiful work!
    I am so glad you found your way to my blog too. Thanks so much for your nice comments!
    Hugs, Diane

  4. Cathy you have done a wonderful job of sketching your beloved Grandma. I cherish my memories of my Grandma just as I know you do yours. Many days it is those memories that help me along. Happy sketching...

  5. I think that if your grandma saw your sketch she would be very proud that you used her as a subject...and that you did it so lovingly with her, and the light in her eye, in mind! :-)

  6. Lovely post Cathy...She has such an adorable face...really very beautiful.
    Keep up the good work, you just need to paint and draw everyday.
    I find it much easier to draw faces which have high contrast to if you should ever set up an object or person for a portrait...try placing them with oneside to a bright light and the other darkness...
    Hope this helps.

  7. Hi Cathy. What a great post and such a beautiful picture of you and your Grandmother. She would be so happy. It's a great drawing and I can hardly wait to see the completed version. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cathy, you did a fab job! Yes, you caught the light in her eyes and her sweet, sweet smile!
    LOVE it that you put her out here too!! So so brave of you:-)

  9. Cathy, Thanks for the visit and your sweet commments....This drawing is amazing...You did a great job....I look forward to seeing more of you and your work.....

  10. Oh, that is such a touching post! Your grandma looks wonderful and there is such love between the two of you! That sketch is GREAT!!! I'm sure she is watching over you... Love, Silke

  11. I adore the drawing you made of your grandma. I love art that is so basic, no bells and whistles, yet says so so much. You and she look so much alike. Very cool.

  12. Tell me, your grandma remained youthful. I am not asking, rather seeing it - her smile and warmth - and we obviously never met.

    The most important thing, the loving relationship you shared.

    There is resemblance, you and your grandma, that is.