Monday, November 24, 2008


This is not my best work. Let me explain.

When Paul Newman died a few months ago, I decided to draw him. So after a Newman movie fest, I searched the internet and found a photo I thought captured him. Nobody before or after Paul Newman has ever combined vulnerability and complete badass-ness the way he did, so I wanted a picture that really showed that.

What I didn't think about was how hard it is to draw rippling muscles. Seriously. It's time consuming. Next time I'm sticking to faces. If I had more time and patience, I could make this drawing better. Maybe someday I will. But for right now, this blog hasn't had an update in 3 weeks and I'm itching to start something new. So whatever, here this is. I really wish I could have done Paul Newman justice. Oh well.


Nico said...

"This is not my best work." -Molly Bates

Unfortunately I'll be ignoring that first part of the post, but just as well adoring the rest.

This is a beautiful piece, and I can tell a lot of thought and heart went into it. True, such a man of power and grace must be quite daunting to try and capture. But I think you drew him wonderfully. I just love this! And I would think he's looking down on this with pride as well.

You done good, girl. I LOVE YOU

Shawn said...

Wow! Great job!!! I knew who this was immediately! Paul Newman has one of those auras that can't be mistaken. He's got such a classic face.

I just started getting into Paul Newman's movies only shortly before he died (Cool Hand Luke is now one of my favorite movies), so I was pretty down in the dumps when he died.

Jessica said...

Seriously, try to draw Casey with his shirt off! Impossible!

Hellen Harty said...

I fully agree with Nico's every word. I can only imagine how hard (pun) those abs were to draw, but you certainly made it look easy. I just looked at it again and felt a little overwhelmed by how well you draw. Also, a commercial just said, "IT'S A REALLY. BIG. DEAL." And that's perfect!

Anonymous said...

Your rippling muscles are superb!