Xmas presents


I’m finally able to post pictures of the charcoal portraits I gave my family and friends for Xmas. I’ll put the originals on the left so that you can get a better idea of the actual quality of my work, hehe πŸ˜› Here we go! (There’s gonna be a lot of words so you can just do like my little brother and skip toΒ the pictures! πŸ˜› )

I’ll start with the one that took me the less amount of time. It’s a portrait of my little brother I drew for my mom. I had already started it months ago and had drawn the outlines, roughly so I had a base to work with. I guess that’s why it went faster than the others. I think it was about 45 minutes or so.


Mom really liked it and had my sister laminate it!

Now, onto the next one which also took me about 30 to 40 minutes, Leslie’s. This one, just like the next ones, I jumped right in and didn’t work with any sort of base so it was a bit hard to get the right proportions cos I’m a n00b but I still managed somehow. It’s on a little A5 kraft paper.

She also loved it (or so she said! πŸ˜› ). It was the first one I did actually so I guess that makes it even greater an achievement; haha!

Now, here’s a portrait of my sister and her baby. This one took me about six to seven hours, I’m not gonna lie. Not working with outlines or just a few guidelines is really hard, especially when you’re not very experienced with drawing. So I really struggled with my sister’s face mostly and you can see that the result isn’t very lifelike (not saying the rest is either actually x) ). But I guess it’s still good work after all! I had a hard time focusing too and spending so much time on it (even though it wasn’t in one sitting: I did spread it over two days if I recall) made it harder and harder as time went on. But I’m still satisfied with the result! πŸ™‚

I don’t think it’s super good, I realize it’s not but I made it with love and that’s what matters! πŸ˜‰ And she liked it too so whatever. I’ll get better and make greater ones to make up for these mediocre ones!

And the last one is a portrait of my best friend and her boyfriend. This one is the last one I drew and I believe I started it on Friday afternoon and finished it on Sunday morning, the day before I took the plane. I was tired but I pushed through. It took me a very long time, I’d say about eightΒ and a half hours spread over these three days.

I had to take really long breaks cos I was getting cranky and felt like burning the whole thing up several times. I started it over three or four times. At first I intended to draw it on a small A5 piece of kraft paper, just like Leslie’s but I couldn’t get it right and tried on an A4 one. I thought it’d help me breathe and get it right eventually. I cut it to a square cos dammit I just couldn’t be bothered to draw outlines or anything and just kept jumping in and hitting my head on cold hard cement!

I swear at first they looked so horrible I figured it’d be better off destroyed cos it was more of an insult than a gift… When I finally got it right, you can’t believe how relieved I was! Then I was able to work on it “normally” and have fun again!

She absolutely loved it! It isn’t that good but also isn’t as bad as the picture shows still. Some angles makes it look way worse! πŸ˜› But she liked it, hey, so it’s gotta mean something. I got really tired doing it so I’m just really glad I managed to get something somewhat okay after all these hours of argh’s and ugh’s and almost tears!

FUN FACT: just yesterday, Lilly informed me that her cat peed on my drawing and ruined it… She feels really bad but I’m not mad, really! x) I actually find it funny. Ha ha I’ll make her a more beautiful one! πŸ™‚

I chose to work with charocoal at first cos I remembered how easy it was to do the Winnie the Pooh drawing I had done days ago. I figured it’d all go fast and look good and I’d be able to only play guitar and video games until it was time to pack my bags! Obviously, reality was a little different… But I made it!

What helped me the most was the music. I made sure I used the fitting music for Lucie’s portrait (which was a mix of Atomic Kitten, Mariah Carey and the Sugarbabes) and Lilly’s (the first five or seven Pokemon theme songs on repeat!) and it helped me greatly cos I struggled so bad for these two!

Alright, so that’s it! Hard work and love; the best ingredients for a lovely present. Who needs sleep when you can make someone you love smile with the fruit of love and insomnia?

I almost died making these cos I had only five days to make them, still hadn’t packed my bags and it took me so long and I put myself under a good amount of pressure. It was a last minute decision and then it turned into this big thing that I had to do and quickly for the sake of Xmas. It got extreme fast and I had a hard time not pushing myself but it was all worth it. If I hadn’t been so hard on myself I would’ve probably not finished on time or just gave up.

They loved it; it was worth it! ❀

Oh, before I forget, I also gave my ukulele (aka Crash) to Lilly as a present! I’m going to miss him but I think she needs him more than I do! Also, I’m trying to get lighter so that I can travel more freely later this year!

Done for now!

Keep practising whatever it is you like doing and remember than doing it is more important than being good at it! And also, presents don’t have to be perfect or expensive; the heart is all that matters. ❀


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