Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed and Unbought

Shirley Chisholm

This year’s race for the U.S. Democratic nomination has been interesting to watch and it got me thinking about the other African American candidates of the past. Interesting enough, they have all run during my lifetime.

I decided to work on ink portraits of each candidate as way to practice my technique. I’m no historian, so forgive me if my profiles are extremely sketchy. There will be links at the end of the posts if you would like to learn more.

The first in this series is Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005). I will spend more time on this profile than the others Ihave planned because I consider her to be a pretty important historical figure. She was the first African American to seek a major party nomination for the presidency. She ran in 1972 with the slogan “Unbossed and Unbought” which later became the title of a 2005 Peabody award winning documentary of the campaign. Isn’t that a great slogan?

Chisholm had an ethnically diverse group of support that included the National Organization for Woman. She did not win any primaries, but did win 152 delegates, ultimately losing the nomination to George McGovern.

Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress, representing New York’s 12th District from 1969 – 1983. She briefly served as ambassador to Jamaica during the Clinton Administration.

She was a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus.

I can’t even begin do just to the career of this amazing, gutsy, outspoken woman. Here are some links if you would like to find out more:

New York Times Obituary

Wikipedia entry

About.com Women’s History Entry

Shirley Chisholm’s speech on the Equal Rights Amendment

ATCs? Why not?

Kind of Blue - ATCApprehension

I’ve been doing little doodles and deciding to call them artist trading cards. These are little art pieces that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches and can be created in any medium.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these and thought it would be fun to see what I would be able to do with such a small size. I also like the idea of trading cards with other artists.

These aren’t so original, but still fun to do. I am getting addicted to this comic style. I wonder if I should try trading? I’ll probably need to do something a little more interesting. I’m thinking of putting them up on the ATC group over at Flickr or finding a group on Yahoo. Any suggestions?

I’ve got a new series that I’m working on. Something historical…

Before I sign off, I’m posting another picture by request of my dear husband. This is one of many drawings that I did for the last post in my “The Office” series.   The card above is a cartoon version of this drawing.  I really do like this drawing quite a bit, but I was going for a likeness and it just missed.   Rejected Dawn drawing

That’s all for now!  Thanks for coming by!

One Last “Office” Drawing: Dawn

The Longsuffering Dawn Tinsley

This is the last in this “The Office” series of drawings. Here is the long suffering Dawn Tinsley played by Lucy Davis. She’s the gal who gives zombie impersonation lessons in Shaun of the Dead. Fun movie by the way.

I really love doing these achromatic pieces. I know most people love color, but I’m attracted to the simplicity of black and white. I think it’s because I’ve been addicted to black and white movies for as long as I can remember. But I think I need to do something with a little color to perk things up around here. But I make no promises…

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More “The Office” Drawings

David Brent

I got such lovely responses for my last “The Office” drawings that I sat down and did some more. Here’s my drawing of Ricky Gervais as David Brent, “a motivator and an entertainer.”

I had a really difficult time with this and I’m still not pleased. I was really trying to get that fake smile he does and I don’t think I was able to get it. But I have a stack of worse ones and frankly I’m pretty tired of looking at the guy so I’m moving on.

I’m glad to say that I have never had a boss like this, but I do know people who have.
Quick Sketch David Brent

I thought I would include a thumbnail of the pencil sketch I did before transferring and inking the drawing.

Coming soon: Dawn Tinsley

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Goofing Around: My BBC “The Office” Drawings

Gareth, BBC \A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the old BBC television show “The Office”. I’m always watching these old television shows way after they’ve been off the air and nobody else cares.

The DVDs were at the library and I figured why not give it a try. The first episode put me in a state of shock, but I had to keep watching. Often I found myself yelling at the characters, “PLEASE STOP TALKING! OH PLEASE, UNNGUH! oh please stop,” and then hiding my face behind a pillow. I made my husband watch it with me because I was afraid to watch alone.

I love this train wreck of a show. We’ve watched the complete series (mercifully short , only two seasons and a special/finale) more than once. I see bits of myself in practically every character (which totally makes me squirm). I can’t say I’ve ever watched anything that moved me to equal measures of hostility and ultimately compassion.

Tim  \The actors are great. They have such wonderful faces that I had to draw them. Here are two drawings that turned out. The drawing above is Mackenzie Crook as Gareth Keenan: team leader and survivalist. The drawing to the left is Martin Freeman as Tim Canterbury, sales clerk and classic underachiever.

The drawing was a fun exercise. There was lots of messy, ugly pencilling and then a 005 Micron marker and cool gray Copic markers. I just can’t do ink washes. I can’t even try. I just won’t.

I like the clean look of these. But I think that’s because I know what the messy pencilling looked like before I erased it.

Thanks for stopping by! I should have more drawings to post soon.

Oh and in case anyone is concerned:

This is a non-commercial site and the images in this post were produced for my personal education and enjoyment.

Jumping on the Big Bang Bandwagon

I found out about this Big Bang meme on Laketrees. Mel Kaye at Monday Morning Power is trying to get 1000 links for this meme. This has been going on for a while and I decided to hop on the train. Yeah, it’s a blatant attempt to boost my Technorati Authority. If you want to jump in, here are Mel’s instructions.

*Start Copy Here*

You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so are the rules.

1. Copy from *Start Copy Here* through *End Copy Here*

2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post the “Big Bang” at each site you add.

3. Tag or don’t tag, your choice, however, the more tags you create the longer the list will grow.

4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list. (If you would like a scroll box code, leave me your email address and I will email it to you.) Scroll Box Example. (I decided not to use the box for the Big Bang for ease of copying.)

5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This process will allow late-comers to get as much link benefit as the first ones in. Once you are on the master list people who have participated earlier will update their bookmarks and help everyone lower than them out on the list.

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Something Completely Different – Paint!

Acrylic Self-Portrait

I got out my paints and did this little self-portrait sketch in acrylics on paper. I hadn’t painted in two years, so I was pleased with how this turned out. After working with colored pencils, it was kind of a relief to work with paints. Painting is so much more forgiving.

Tagged: Random Stuff

Grumpy Turtle

I took a picture of this grumpy looking fella on my last trip to the zoo.  I did this drawing in colored pencil in my everyday sketchbook.   My intention was to do this again using more textured paper.  If you click on the picture you can see the full-sized scan. Unfortunately I can never manage to adjust the color to match color pencil when I scan. His expression comes through though and I think I nailed it well.

Sarah tagged me last week. I am now revealing my seven random things. Here goes:

  1. I still can’t tell the difference between a Firebird and a Camaro.
  2. I don’t have a cell phone. In fact, I still use a dial phone.
  3. My favorite movie decade: 1940s!
  4. I flunked Drawing 101 in college.
  5. About 10 years ago I got a sudden anxiety about crossing bridges. I couldn’t cross by foot or bike. This proved difficult because our city is split down the middle by a river. I eventually got over it, but I never figured out what triggered it.
  6. I own 5 pairs of shoes (six if you count slippers).
  7. My favorite breakfast cereal is Apple Jacks.

Thanks for the tag Sarah. I’m now going to tag Col/Ann/Sandjida/Paul Please don’t feel obligated. I was just thinking of you guys.

I’m behind in my tags. I have one more that I am embarrassed to realize I got in February. What happened to March?  Now April is almost over! Sheesh!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate the support and all of your lovely comments. My drawing is really improving and I know it’s because I’m feeling more confident in my ability. I have you lovely readers to thank for that! Bye for now.

More Public Drawing: EDM 60-Draw an Auto

EDM Challenge - Draw an Automobile

Here is a sketch I did the other day while sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop. I’ve always had trouble drawing cars. I think it’s because I’m not really interested in them. But I realized that I could do this for Everyday Matters Challenge 60-draw an automobile, or part of one.

It was fun to do because I just started with a ballpoint pen and no plan at all. I was actually approached for the first time while drawing. He was a sweet little gray-haired man and he poked me in the shoulder ( I was wearing an mp3 player and was basically senseless at the time). I looked up and he was smiling so sweetly at me that I forgot to be annoyed. He said that he thought that it was a nice drawing and he really admired people who could draw, since he couldn’t draw a straight line. I thanked him and he told me a bit about his grandson who did computer graphic work. Funny, I was always worried about drawing in public, but the first time someone actually noticed me it turned out to be an extremely pleasant experience.

More Daffodils: EDM 76

Daffodils
I have only a slightly sunburned neck and these daffodils to remind me of the glorious 78 degree sunny Saturday last. Now its cold and rainy again. Anyway, enough with my complaints about the manic-depressive weather patterns around here. I sat and worked on more flower drawings. This is the best of the lot.

I started with a pen drawing and then painted everything with acrylics. After that I used watercolor pencils. I hope that someday I can capture that amazing radiant yellow that makes daffodils the cheery flowers they are.

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