Monday, June 1, 2009

Spring/Summer intercession break art

Here is a commissioned portrait I did for my best friends, Dan and Drew. Yes, they are identical twins which didn't seem to be much of a challenge after getting to know them quite well to illustrate distinguishing features in their faces between the two. It had to be edited slightly from the camera photo, but I got it as close to the original as I could. It is done in watercolor and acrylagouache and is 11x16in.
Here is a portrait I did in memory of Dan and Drew's older brother Jacob Christensen who sadly, is no longer with us. We all loved you very much J.C. and will miss you!
From the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, these drawings are the first time I ever drew animals (besides pets) from life. Animals like to move a lot! Every drawing you see here, the animals moved while I was drawing them! Above are some lions.
Here are some sea lions.
A bird, curious monkey, sunbear, gorillas, and some sea lions.
An orangutan who moved to much to get an accurate drawing, some cattle thing, monkey, and gorillas.
Here is Linus, Dan and Drew's cat who had some tempur tantrums while I was staying with the twins. This was one of the moments when Linus was relaxing that I could draw him without hisses or growls or clawing.
Here are some drawings of one of the Haldeman's cats at their farm who was a very generous model. It came over to me often and sat still long enough to draw! Go cat! The Haldeman's are friends of the twins and I am proud to be welcomed in to their family as well. May God bless the Haldemans for the love and care that they so willingly show!


Dawn said...

I really enjoyed this artwork, as I know the twins and had Jacob in one of my classes. The sketches were also great to look did quite a bit when you were at the zoo!

Art Fan Ako said...

Wow! There's a lot in here. They're all amazing!