Tag Archives: 100 portraits

All the way from Scotland

Straight from the heart of Scotland, home of my ancestors, came a wonderful package of all things Scottish. I saw on HelenMcClory’s  blog, Schietree, (Helen was portrait number 81 of my 100 Portraits project), that she was giving a collection of photos (including an awesome photo book of her own and an amazing little book about the islands surrounding Scotland, one of which I discovered was a stronghold of my own family from the 16th century), a couple of very cool postcards from early 1900’s and some wonderful woolly photos of those Scottish sheep, which I also discovered do not form a solid wool carpet across the entire country. I just had to enter my name, an lo and behold the lords of the clan held up for me; I received this in the mail soon after.

Thank you so much Helen! Glad we ran into each other!


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"Kitty", carbon transfer on paper, 16" x 20"

Juxtaposition is king. Second in the series The Portrait Within/Introspection, this image is open for interpretations and comments.

Do your worst.


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102 Jess Harel; portrait of a French girl

Jess Harel, pencil, 3 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Jess is an artist from Poitiers, France. She was the 100th person to hit the “like” button on my facebook page, so fittingly, I have drawn her portrait!

You can see her artwork at http://www.facebook.com/JessieArtWorks.

Thanks Jessie!


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portrait 101: Dianna and Paige

Dianna and Paige, coloured pencil, 4" x 5 1/4"

This portrait was by special request;

“I have a (my only) daughter who is about to become a married lady this summer in Austin and then move to Seattle and I would love a sketch of us together when she was a baby and I was a young lady. I have the photo and it would warm my heart if you will sketch it. I would like to give it to my husband on the day she marries. Dianna”

Cheers, Dianna. Congratulations to your baby girl.


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Just a note to let everybody know that I now have a website; artboy68.com. You will find a complete gallery of the 100 Portraits project among a few other things. It’s a bit sparse at the moment, but I plan to be very busy…

Please drop in for a look! (And feel free to send me a message!)

Thanks for the love,


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mail time for the last time

For those of you who are still waiting for your portrait to arrive in the mail, you’ll be happy to know that I have a pile hitting the mailbox tomorrow. I’ve procrastinated sending these off until the end, which is now. Thank you for your patience!

If I have drawn your portrait and you did not receive an email from me asking if you wanted it, let me know; I am mailing these puppies out for free.

I have three more small portraits to do, then (yay!) a couple of commissions! I also have two large acrylic portraits that I am concurrently working on. I will have a new art site online in a couple of days, where I will be offering work for sale as well as portrait commissions. Once up, I will post the link here. The site will have a convenient gallery of all 100 portraits that you can easily scroll through.

You may have noticed that the menu bar on the top of this page has a new link called Searchable List: 100 Portrait SubjectsThere is a complete list of all 100 people I have drawn by name, with links to the corresponding post. This way you can search by name for portraits instead of hitting the back button 11 times. (The search bar is at the bottom- it works, I tried it.) Check it out!

Posting some new work soon,


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Hello, Sue Brown. You’re portrait 100.

Sue Brown, 15 1/4" x 15 1/4", acrylic on cradled wood panel

Sue says:

“I coach. I write. I draw. I help people bring more creativity, meaning and balance into their lives and work. My clients want to be more creative: either for their own enjoyment, to think differently in their organisations, or as a career change. I work with individuals and groups.

Check out my website for more information and you can follow me on www.twitter.com/idcoachuk” 

They say the proof is in the pudding. Here’s the pudding:




I appreciate your talent, Sue. This one’s for you!

And this concludes my project. I have learned a few things during the process:

Relatively, 100 is a lot. I mean, 100 pennies is not a lot- but for me, 100 portraits is a lot.

I was able to accomplish a goal, on time.

Giving is a great way of getting.

Profile pictures usually portray the owner’s true personality. (Interesting!) For interest: http://healthland.time.com/2009/12/03/the-psychology-of-facebook-profiles/

Even though I got a bit tired half way through, I looked forward to doing each drawing.

I only threw one portrait in the trash. I learned to push through the doubt.

Doing a public blog challenge really is a great way to stay accountable, share, and get work done!

Time in:

I spent approximately 300 hours on this project, including prep time, drawing, researching and posting. (I also work full time.)

What now?

I will continue making art and posting it here, just not at the same pace. You might see something a bit different…

I am open to taking portrait commissions, all sizes. I will have a web site up shortly; until then, I can be reached at artboy68@live.ca.

Thank you for following along and all of your awesome comments. I will now have more time for reading others’ blogs!



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Portrait 99 of 100 Samantha Miles

Samantha Miles, pencil, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8"

Just under the wire; suitably, Samantha is a creative.  Her blog,  Graphic Collection, is a collection of creative things, including her own very cool art and illustrations. It appears that Samantha is preparing her portfolio for college & university applications, so good luck, Sam! I’m sure you will be a shoo-in!

This is portrait 99.

I erased a bunch on this one, and it’s a bit rougher in texture, but I think it came out ok in the end.

To see other portraits done by me, click on the 100 Portraits header at the top of the page.



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98 Jane Priser Arts

Jane Priser, pencil, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8"

Jane Priser is an artist from Grand Junction, Colorado who mainly works in watercolour.  You can see her bright and wonderful paintings at Jane Priser Arts.  That’s some very lively hair there…

This is portrait number 98 of 100. I will continue posting new work beyond portrait 100, but probably not at the same rate…

Go here to see other portraits done by me.

Thanks for stopping by & leave a comment if you like!


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97 Where’s Ines?

Ines Monnet, pencil, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8"

This is a case of a missing file…. I’ve had Ines in the queue for drawing for a while, but for the life of me I can’t find her info! Help me out- anybody know this girl? Once I find her info, I will post here! Sorry Ines!

This is portrait 97 of 100. I will attempt to do 2 tomorrow, which will take me to 99…

Thanks for visiting, please find Ines for me!


edit: Ines found me!!

You can see her blog at http://imonnetphoto.wordpress.com/ or her FB page at http://www.facebook.com/ImonnetPhoto?sk=wall

Thanks for finding me Ines!

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