Something To Be Thankful For


I’ve been gone for a while, but I’ve had a wonderful week! Birthday celebrations (mine), guests from out of town and a general sense of well-being that comes from looking in the mirror and realizing that even though I’ve grown a year old, I still don’t have any crow’s feet. YES!!! Life is good. Now back to drawing.

I’m posting some drawings I’ve done last week of my husband Michael. I’ve decided that should work for EDM Challenge 42 – Draw Something That You are Thankful For. Well I am thankful for Michael, my best friend and all-around favorite person. I could go on for quite a bit about all the wonderful things about him. But I’ll skip all that mushy stuff. He knows why I like him so much and that is the important thing.

The drawing above is an attempt to work with watercolor pencils. It seems that everything I’ve been trying lately has been such a struggle for me. While I like the drawing, I don’t like the muddy look of the shadowed side of the face. I also know that I would much rather use a hot press paper than cold press. The texture of this paper was really unsuitable and I struggled mightily with it. But you don’t learn if you don’t try, right?

This is a quick sketch of Michael I did while we were sitting outside having coffee yesterday. I don’t know why I like this one so much. I think because I feel I really captured his characteristic squint/frown that he gets when he’s reading the paper. I used my sepia Pitt Artist pens and then colored it with watercolor pencils when I got home.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you come again.

Published by Mellanie C

sketch artist, daydreamer Figurative artist specializing in small format art and portraits.

6 thoughts on “Something To Be Thankful For

  1. Hi Mellanie!

    Happy belated birthday!! These are both great colored pencil drawings! I thought the first one *at top* of your husband was a painting! Im sure your huny is proud of your work and of also being immortalized in portrait. Good to see you back


  2. Thanks PamYla, my poor husband is the most patient model. I’ve been drawing him for a couple of years. I think the novelty of being immortalized has probably worn off. 🙂 But he’s very sweet and often tells me he is proud of me. He’s so sweet.


  3. your husband must be very proud of you, not only for these drawings but for all the love you share. i like the style of the second one. what sort of pen do you use?


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