11 x 14 on Canson Mi Teintes
Graphite and white pastel pencil


11 x 14 from life
Canson MiTeintes paper
Graphite and Pastel

Billie Letts

Billie Letts is a Tulsa Author who wrote "Where the Heart is"
and was also made into a movie. It's about a young woman who had her baby in a WalMart.
She will be at a book signing at the Tulsa Central Library on the 14th of January at 6pm
This portrait and several others from this sitting will be on display at that time.


11 x 14 Graphite and Conte on tan paper
from life 2 hours drawing time


Here's a Christmas present I'm working on... 11 x 14
after looking at the photo it needs to have the
darker values darkened up a little...
I tried to punch up the darks with photoshop for this post

On the Drawing Board


18 x 24
Graphite and White Pastel on Gray Paper
Need to take some time to finish her hair and get those values in place and key all the values in before I go back to finish her face.


This is a Graphite and White Conte on Gray paper.
Actually there's very little graphite at this point... balancing the white against the dark pencil is always a critical so at this point I really like what I've got but am not sure as how to proceed. In one way I like it just the way it is leaving the hair and shirt as a simple suggestion.. I'm very pleased with the values across the face. It seems to describe the form quite well but I'm not sure how to integrate it into the remaining portrait. This is a good example why one should do a quick value study