These are some of my pencil drawings from old photos.
My goal in creating these pieces was to capture the different textures we see around us every day. I use only graphite pencils of various hardness and most of the drawings are on sketch paper. I have since switched to drawing on bristol board.
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His store was simply called “Barr’s Drug Store” and was a part of the old Union Brick block of storefronts. These storefronts were removed one by one through the years and those remaining were permanently tore down and removed in 2013.
This is from a photo taken in Wilmington, Illinois in 1900.
It is of my Grandmother Mary (center standing on stool) and some of her family. Back left is her mother Rosetta and back right is her Aunt Linnie. Her sister, Blanche, is to her right and her brother, Perry, is to her left.
My father had just got back from Germany where he was stationed during the Korean Conflict and using a camera he picked up there he took this picture in the Braidwood Tavern using the shutter timer. He is second from the left.
I was trying to capture the reflections in the glass and on the bar top in this drawing.
I wanted to see how real I could make the car look in a drawing.
I would like to turn this into a card of some sort. It just has that feel to it.
I liked the shadows in this picture plus the whole background out in the middle of nowhere.
Again, I loved the play of shadow and light.
Little Robert and Kenny are so proud in their “military uniforms”, posing for this picture behind Aunt Bessie’s house. Their older brothers Louie and Chuck had just enlisted in the Army Air Corps and stopped off at home in uniform before heading to Basic Training. They just HAD to have a uniform of their own!
Main Street 1951 in Braidwood looking East from the “13 Club”.
I love drawing buildings and cars!
My Mother in the spring of 1959 in a dress she made herself in HomeEc class.
Relatives from long ago. Great-great Uncle Sam, Johnny and Aunt Mae.
This is an unfinished piece. I wanted to try my hand at drawing a horse and once accomplished I set the drawing …