“carbon copy”

"Carbon Copy, (self portrait as my father)", carbon transfer on paper, image size 15 1/4" x 20 1/4"

The first in a series I’m calling ‘The Portrait Within’, “Carbon Copy, (self portrait as my father)”,  is the beginning of an intimate commentary on the person inside- the one we keep in the closet for introspection on rainy days.

The outward appearance only tells part of the story. I believe that as human beings we are the only animals inherently complex enough to invent ourselves on a daily basis to appear to others how we wish to be perceived. What follows here will be an exercise in peeling back the layers of the onion, revealing my interpretation of the unseen; the hidden parts.

Some may be pretty, some not so. Feel free to leave a comment.


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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

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; 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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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” 

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:

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

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 or her FB page at

Thanks for finding me Ines!

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96, Abigail- a case of mistaken identity

Abigail Zimmer, pencil, 2 3/8" x 2 3/4"

I received a comment a while back from the blog Off The Front Porch so I went snooping for photos and came up with portrait number 74– Abigail’s blogging partner, Pakou. I learned after the fact that it was Abigail who had left the comment, so in fairness here is her portrait, number 96!

I cannot help but think that this image is somewhat Norman Rockwell-esque… which is ok with me because he is one of my favourite artists of all time. Thanks for giving me this great picture to work with Abi!

This is portrait number 96 of 100.

I am still working on the final acrylic portrait, almost finished!

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment!


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95, beautiful nubienne

Risée Chaderton, coloured pencil, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8"

It’s easy to make a beautiful drawing from a beautiful photograph. All credit goes to Risée Chaderton.

Visit Risée Chaderton’s blog, eyeonevisuals, to see her incredible photography work; a wide range of subjects, all stunning- it seems Ms. Chaderton cannot miss! Visit her facebook page too… I think there is a murmer of a book coming out?

This is portrait 95 of 100.

Thanks for visiting, leave a comment!


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