Portrait Drawings Commissions

I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!

These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.

Interested in getting a portrait like this done? Email me at marleneleeart@gmail.com.

A Couple at Patris Open Studio

Two models, a couple. But I didn’t draw them as a couple. Just not there yet. With the male model I spend 2 1/2 hours, time to develop the values. It was his first time modeling and unfortunately his back was not allowing him to sit very long. So I concentrated around the eyes and developed that area first and then slowly went to the nose and mouth area.

Mike at Patris 12x15 06062016
Mike, graphite and white charcoal

With the woman I spend less time, maybe about 45 minutes. I went straight to establishing the light and shadow patterns first, not so much block in, and then developed the eye and more or less the other feature.

Amy at Patris 12x15 06062016
Amy, graphite and white charcoal

With time constraints, I’m learning to concentrate only what is most important.


Open studio at Patris Gallery/Studio. Three-hour pose. Here I am practicing what I’m learning at Vitruvian Studio online course on Portrait Drawing. Using a range of pencils from 2H to 8B, with white charcoal, I strived to achieve a variation of tone.
Tori at Patris 053016.jpg