Thursday, December 12, 2013

Crazy Christmas Aunts Piled with Presents


Every year I like to sketch a crazy aunt who might drop by on Christmas day with her arms full of presents. This year, it's my imaginary Aunt Helga with her striped leggings, multi-ringed fingers and bold opinions on online shopping and stuffing recipes. I wish I had lots of crazy aunts but I don't. Sadly, I only have one real one and don't get to see her often enough. So here is to crazy aunts everywhere. Long may they lighten the holidays and entertain us.


Below are a couple of drawings from today's life drawing session. I really like the full body pose but I don't think I captured enough of our model's likeness in the portrait. Some days you're a life drawing winner and some days you're not. I think this was half a 'not' day. I'll take it. Coloured pencil on kraft paper, as usual. Maybe next time I'll try some pastels and live dangerously for a change.










36 comments:

  1. Your crazy aunt is awesome as are your model drawings. Great job. Happy Holidays.

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  2. Can I borrow Aunt Helga after she visits you? My aunts are far away, and now that my grandmother is gone, I don't get to see them every Christmas the way I did growing up. I always miss them at the holidays! And Aunt Helga looks like she's as much fun as my aunts, which is a great compliment! Love her!

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  3. Crazy Aunt is so cool. Love her. Your drawings are truly beautiful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. fantastic crazy your aunt - and wonderful life drawings again...
    AMAZING as alwaysa Sal!
    xxx
    Susi

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  5. Ohhhh I had 3 wonderful Aunts! Except mine were a little pudgier. But they were sweet. Your life drawings are wonderful!

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  6. Love your crazy aunt, and the life drawings are fantastic. Valerie

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  7. Love your crazy aunt and the life drawings are beautiful.

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  8. The crazy aunt is fun and festive and your life drawings are awesome, love the white touches!

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  9. Oh, I love your wonderful christmas aunt :) and wish I could have such a sweet Lady.
    Your drawing is a very special and beauty one. So very nice to see this woman.
    Happy PPF
    Erika

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  10. Gorgeous art work!Love your magical world!

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  11. Love your crazy aunt,ant your drawings so beautiful.
    Happy PPF:

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  12. What a fabulous idea to draw a crazy aunt each year. She does look like she would be fun to have around. Your life drawings are truly beautiful!

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  13. how fun this auntie
    i bet people love it when she shows up

    always wonderful to see your life drawings

    lovely holidays to you!

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  14. I adore your crazy aunt illustration! And your sketches are wonderful with the white shading-nice work.

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  15. Nice to have a crazy hunt that comes to visit laden with gifts and full of funny quirks. I think I wouldn't mind to be that aunt myself (except for the striped socks)! ^^
    I would take one of your "not-days" at life drawing and feel like Leonardo any time! ;)

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  16. Your Christmas Aunt rocks:-) The sketches are so well done! Few yet strong lines... whether you captured her likeness or not (we won't know;-) you captured the form so well.

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  17. love your crazy aunt! her stockings are adorable! xo

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  18. Wonderful portraits and your aunt isadorable!
    Cheers
    Gabriele

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  19. Your drawings are lovely and I love
    Auntie!!!

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  20. I think I'm one of those crazy aunts!! Love her!! If I'm not her I have friends that are!! Those crazy aunts are all artists for sure!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. Wonderfully done both of them, and so different from each other!

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  22. Love your crazy aunt! Would be wonderful to have her standing at our door ... ;-)

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  23. Love your crazy Aunt! I totally agree with you about the drawing - some days it just flows from the pencil - and some days you have to pull it into existence! I think you've captured a good show of light and shadow here :)

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  24. Fabulous..love your Aunt Helga..she is lovely and whimsical..so fun-spirited!
    And your sketches are sublime..I think you captured such beauty...power and presence! Stunning!
    Victoria

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  25. Aunt Helga is a hoot!!! Probably exactly how my nieces and nephews describe me to their friends :) The life drawing is amazing one of these days I'll get brave enough to try a body....maybe.

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  26. You just drew me, I'm a crazy aunt!

    I can never fault your life drawings, beautiful!

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  27. Hipp hipp hurray for all the crazy aunts :) yours looks incredible and if she would ring at my door, I would let her in immediatelly :) not only because I like all her gifts ;) I also adore her cool boots and socks, hehe. and amazing drawings as always ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  28. fantastic sketches, beautifully captured. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Your sketches are beautiful and I really love your aunt, such character and fun!

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  30. What a cute auntie! She looks so happy and bright. I love your life drawing sketches, to me they really seem to capture something quite lovely, the essence of the person you're sketching.

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  31. Great drawings!!! And the crazy aunt is adorable.

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  32. Aww, I love that you created a crazy aunt. We all need at least one in our lives. I do like your life drawing very much. Is this drawn in a journal?

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  33. What an awesome illustration, and wonderful sketch! I hope to take a figure drawing class in the next year, looks like fun. :)

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  34. haha This post made me laugh. I have crazy aunts!!! I wish one of them would show up at the door with presents on Christmas..that would be so fun!!! I highly doubt that will happen since they don't live nearby, but it's a fun thought.

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