By DK Ward

"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh

Works in progress. Check back for updates.

What's new:  New JD Glass drawing, stage 6 (Oops! forgot to link it). Gabe is nearly finished-step 8-reworking hair. Scroll to see Karin Kallmaker's drawing (stage 5). Rad drawing 2 step 2

Celine Dion
"That's Just A Woman In Me"

Folks would like to know what materials I use, so here ya go:

PaperStrathmore 80lb 400 series. I usually pick the smoother side of the paper with less tooth. I do like to use Bristol Board for portraits but I haven't for these.

Pencils: KOH-I-NOOR Progresso Woodless Aquarell. 2B & 8B grade

Bold Strokes Books authors

JD Glass 
[From Red Light cover]
I'm having SO much fun with this drawing, and I'm wickedly happy Rad was able to provide such a good photo for reference.  I try to personalize each drawing when I do them off a photo, so that is why you'll notice some differences in the hair.

Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Quick sketch of JD from a personal photo she supplied. This took me all of ten minutes. I may revisit it later, but the black on black is terrible for my eyes.

Gabrielle Goldsby
This is a beautiful woman that I knew I just HAD to draw. I love her expression here. I have hopes of drawing her smiling one day, cause that's something no one should miss!

 Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Rad...Rad, Rad, Rad.
She's given me the most challenge to date, but I'm  determined to get her on paper to the best of my ability. I like the drawing below this one, but in this drawing she's smiling, and that is how many people imagine her.
Step 1


 Rachel Spangler's son Jackson
He's not a BSB author, yet, but maybe one day... His mom is though! You can find her brand new debut book at Bold Strokes.


Steps: 1, 2

Non Bold Strokes Books authors:

Karin Kallmaker
What can I say here to do the woman justice? Nothing, so I'll just continue drawing her and hope she's as impressed with it as I am with her.

                                   Steps: 1, 2, 3, 4

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