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Practically Perfect in Every Way – Drawing Mary Poppins

One of the most iconic female movie characters is Mary Poppins. In 1964 Julie Andrews played this no-nonsense nanny who swoops into a troubled family and helps the dad recognize the importance of his fatherly role. Here is the process I used for drawing this 1964 version of Mary Poppins. I wonder how well Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns” will be able to portray the Mary Poppins we all know and love from the original movie.

As always, I start with a 1″ x 1″ grid on both the photograph and my drawing paper. For this drawing I mainly used a 2B mechanical graphite pencil and I used an 8B and 6B wooden pencil for the hat/shadow area and the background filler.

Starting with a grid


As I went along I noticed that the nose was a bit too wide and that the right nostril was too high.  Read More

Drawing the Shawshank Redemption Movie Poster

I really liked the Shawshank Redemption movie. A story of a really honest man who finds himself exploited by a faulty legal and prison system only to arrive at the other end victorious. One of my all time favorite movies!

I liked the movie poster showing Andy (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman) beside each other so I wanted to try to draw it. This is the process I took, the mistakes I made, the changes I felt were necessary and the final drawing. I still felt like there were problems with the drawing – especially in Andy’s character, but decided to go ahead and consider it completed. Please follow along with the process by viewing the photos below.

The start – creating the grids.

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Making Lemonade (Skateboard Style) out of Lemons!

One sees an abandoned, dilapidated hotel; another sees skateboard paradise: