Photo to drawing

Photo to drawing

I’ve gotten into drawing and painting later in life, and without any formal training, I started copying other people’s work to try to teach myself. I pull up a picture of whatever painting or drawing I want to copy, and I work with it in front of me. After I get started, I try to add my own interpretation and not just stick with their work.

And as I draw and paint more, I’d really like to be able to produce original work. I’ve also gotten really into photography in the past year (thanks to Josh’s guidance! And journalism school). So I decided to take an original photo and then make a drawing of it.

From photo...to drawing

From photo…to drawing


I went to this book fair in Baltimore a while back and I saw this adorable couple reading a book together. I took a picture of them and then I used charcoal pencils to draw them. Charcoal is nice because you can blur the image a little bit with your fingers and it forgives mistakes. I sprayed it down with clear sealer so the drawing wouldn’t keep blurring when I was done.

We bought this frame at an Amish farm and Josh refinished it.

We bought this frame at an Amish farm and Josh refinished it.

This frame has been sitting in my art pile waiting for a home. Josh used it to learn how to refinish wood and he had another painting in mind for it. It didn’t end up fitting. I think this drawing will work perfectly!