Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Portraits and More Portraits by Lynn Cohen

If you have been following my blog the past few weeks you know that I have been obsessed with drawing portraits of my fellow Klassmates in Sketchbook Skool, the online class that Danny Gregory and Koosje Koone started in April. While we are waiting for the second semester to begin we students in our closed Facebook Group "Playground" are drawing to numerous challenges we set for yourselves. Portraits is just one of them. My goal is to draw 100 by July 4 when the second semester begins.

This is actually Barbara's mother I did in pencil and pen.

I've become quite enamored with colored pencils. I use both regular and water soluble ones by Prismacolor and Ink Tense. I also have discovered Derwent blender pencils.

Joss got in there by request. We've been friends for a long time now. I could not say no, and besides it was a joy to draw her!

Judy Wise has joined us in Sketchbook Skool and she will be in Semester 1 while I start Semester 2. But we are in the same "Playground" Facebook group together.

If you check the dates on these you can see I am doing 1, 2 and 3 a day.

The next three are done off videos I watched where Danny Gregory was introducing the new teachers of the upcoming classes I will be taking. I drew these very quickly for the 4-5 minute duration of the video and did the writing and coloring later.

Ninety Two completed, eight to go!
I probably will not be able to stop when I reach 100!
It's a weird feeling. These last ones here are all in a 9 X 12 Moleskin sketchbook.
The pages are slick. Pen and colored pencils dance across the pages with ease.
Water color is a little tricky but I have used it some.
Brush pens work well too.
I look at these and the ones in the previous few posts and have a hard time believing that I did them,
and yet I know I did. Do you ever feel that way when you comeback to see your own art?

Crazy good feelings from it all.

Have a creative week! And if you want to have a lot of fun with a lot of awesome artists
from all over the world sign up for Sketchbook Skool on line.
It is so worth the price of the class!

Happy Paint Party Friday!
Don't forget to visit us at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens too!


  1. Hey Lynn! These are fantastic. Keep going. It was an honor being drawn by you.

  2. Lynn, Love the sketches/portraits you've been at lately. I think the Beemans portrait is just wonderful with the little stubble on Mr.'s face. All of them are great. I think you'll make your 100 before the 4th.

  3. These are amazing. So much character and feeling in each one!

  4. Wow..thats some body of work. You are rocking girl. Loved Cathy's..Kate..she will love it too as she looks 20 .:))
    Fun to see them all together.

  5. these are wonderful. so playful and a lovely style. looking forward to seeing the rest of the set!

  6. love all your happy portraits - amazing artwork!
    Happy PPF!

  7. Always loving your work. These are great! I will check out your last link, too.

  8. You're good sticking with it over a fairly long period of time. And even make 2 - 3 a day. Not sure I could do that. I love seeing them all, such personality in every single one. Keep up your good work.

  9. wow such a wonderful assortment of portraits, love them all, especially the one of Joss, fab likeness. Enjoy the weekend, hugs Annette x

  10. These ROCK Lynn!!!! It is amazing how many you have done. Super job!

  11. Wow!!! These are all very impressive. I love that you captured so much character in each piece. Well done

  12. These are so good I could cry...actually I feel tears...WOW this is so impressive...your style is throughout this whole need to create another book with a blurb about each person...or a good quote or something they live by...IMPRESSIVE my friend!!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. you are a crazy lady!!! 100??? i love it. you go girl. i absolutely love your sketches. nothing but inspiration here :)


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