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julia ormond
though i do have a graphite piece in the works at the moment, i haven’t completed something in a while. looking back through some old stuff i came across this one. this is one i finished by poking away at it over the course of probably three years. it’s hard not to look at it and think about how grueling it sometimes seems to try and complete something. the hair in this one was quite the labour for me. of course, i’m happy with it i think. it’s a nice reminder for me to keep pushing through anything, let alone drawings or paintings. julia ormond on paper, 8×11″.


i haven’t figure drawn since high school so i thought it would be fun to try this again. it was pretty funny – me showing up with my little sketchbooks amidst portfolio touting peoples with giant sketchpads with charcoal and accessories to boot. it was strange trying to get a sense of timing down but it was fun having those impending deadlines so quickly approaching. consequently i don’t think i have much to show (or that i would want to, ha ha) from my first session back. figure drawings (of, i swear, evan penny’s doppelganger) in moleskine.


i drew this when i was in high school. truth be told, i wonder if i can do such realism/detail anymore. guess i’d better give it a shot and see, huh? i tried to find the name of the photographer who took this shot but to no avail. i believe i yoinked this image from a people magazine though.


the only thing i’ve ever drawn twice….so far. that might be a bad thing actually.


my buddy asked me to do this for (what ended up being) his first wedding anniversary.

merry me on major's hill


this one’s over ten years old, if you can believe that.

so i’m really just seeing if this whole blogging thing appeals to me. i’m not much for diaries so i’m not even really sure why i’m bothering with this except to give me a reason to try to doodle in my sketchbook(s) more regularly. i guess the prospect of the odd person actually following along would make me get off my ass to try and update things somewhat frequently. i do do work on more proper pieces but they take me forever. maybe works in progress will go up. artsy fartsy attempts at photography too.

i have to admit i’ve been partially inspired to do this by the likes of some very talented illustrators: james jean (blog); jillian tamaki – i lived beside her in uni! (blog); jill`s husband, sam; aitor throup`s stuff is cool too; etc. they`ve managed to make a living at what will probably only ever end up being my hobby. maybe i can make something more of it over time. lately i feel like time is running out for me so i`m trying to get my act together to at least try.

some potentially ugly stuff is gonna be posted; pieces are the place to try to get things right. my sketch is basically where i go buck and failures run rampant but it’s usually fun either way. for me.

here’s an oldie to start.