The Romanovs Sketchbook II

Part two of my continuing Romanov art work consists of drawings of Nicholas and Alexandra and their five children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei. I’m really happy with how Nicholas and Alexandra turned out, however I think that I didn’t quite manage to capture the children properly in their drawing.

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The Romanovs Sketchbook I

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the deaths of the Romanov family, and as you may know from my blog, I’m very interested in the family and have drawn them multiple times.
Due to the anniversary coming up, I’ve decided to create more art in honour of it, starting with these portraits. I normally draw portraits in an A5 sketchbook, but for the Romanovs I’ve decided to start a sketchbook dedicated to portraits of them.

I’ve started with Nicholas and Alexandra and continued to draw each of they’re children, the two eldest Olga and Tatiana being above. I’ve drawn these in an A4 sketchbook in order to add more detail to the portraits as I sometimes struggle to in an A5 sketchbook.

Above are the two middle children, Maria and Anastasia, and below the youngest, Alexei. Even though I’ve drawn these with the intention of including more detail, I on times found it difficult to expand my drawings and ending drawing them quite small, small enough to have fit in an A5 sketchbook ironically.

Book of Portraits, Part 50: Edwardian Lady

I drew these portraits a while ago now, but like my previous post, I’m only now getting round to posting them on here. They’re based on photographs of an Edwardian Lady I saw on Tumblr, but unfortunately I don’t know who she as as the original post didn’t include any information.
I try my best to continue drawing in my portrait sketchbook, and regularly save images to use as reference but I’ve been lacking with drawing in it lately, however I have got a few things on the go for June and July.

Book of Portraits, Part 49: Swansea Museum

With work and Mermay last month, I’ve fallen behind on posting a few things on here, like sketches from my portrait sketchbook. I’ve got quite a few things to post and will hopefully get that done through this week.

I visited Swansea Museum earlier this year and took a few photos of different portraits there and I then used these photos as reference for these drawings. The drawings are of Elinor Amy Dillwyn Llewelyn, Thereza Llewelyn and Dorothy Mary Watson.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes of the story behind these photographs, so can’t give you any information on the individuals involved. However, I would like to go to Swansea museum drawing soon and will be sure to take note that time.

Book of Portraits, Part 48: Snow White’s Adriana Caselotti

Continuing the Snow White theme today, I’ve drawn Adriana Caselotti who voiced Snow White in the 1937 Disney animated film. I’ve also drawn Marge Champion, the live action reference for Snow White, which you can see here.

As with the previous drawings, these were great fun to draw and also very useful in terms of practice as her face is so expressive, giving me something more challenging to work on. As with Marge Champion, I used promotional photos of Adriana Caselotti as a reference for these drawings, two of them even featured her wearing a Snow White costume.

Book of Portraits, Part 47: Snow White’s Marge Champion

This year is the 80th anniversary of the release of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was released in 1937! It’s always been one of my favourites, and I even used it as a case study in my dissertation.

I really wanted to produce some artwork in honour of the anniversary, and was intending to paint something but just haven’t managed to find the time. Instead, I decided to draw some portraits inspired by the film in my sketchbook, the first set being of Marge Champion who was the live action reference model for Snow White.

I used a few promotional photos of Marge Champion in a Snow White costume as reference for my drawings and they were great practice for me because of the more unconventional poses and the expressive faces.

Book of Portraits, Part 46: Actors and Actresses

Its been ages since I’ve posted any work from my continuous portrait sketchbook and I’ve actually been working on these drawings since August, but have only recently finished them since I have been too busy with other things. I have managed to fill over half of my current portrait sketchbook in the mean time though.

I do like to work in my portrait book as regularly as possible but haven’t been able to find the time for it over the past few months, I have however drawn some other portraits in time for a certain anniversary this month which I will post on that day.

I have drawn these actors and actress quite a few times before, mainly for projects during my time at university which you can see here, here and here. I thought it would be great fun to see how much my drawing has developed by drawing the same people that I have previously drawn, and I thought it was a fitting subject for reaching the half way point of my sketchbook.

Book of Portraits, Part 45: Olga

The 17th of July is the date of the murder of the Romanov family, and this year is the 99th anniversary of their death. Here are my recent drawings of Olga, the eldest child of the family.
I have been drawing the Romanov family for quite a few years now, and have even done projects based around them. As next year will be the 100th anniversary of their death, I would really love to do something to commemorate that.

Book of Portraits Part 44: Tatiana

Next up in my book of portraits is Tatiana, the second child of Nicholas II and Alexandra.
The second two images are drawings based on arguably some of the most famous photos of Tatiana, at least in terms of her look, the short hair with headband, which I think makes her instantly recognisable.
The first image is from a later time in her life, but I’m not sure of the exact date. I do know that at some point when they reached a certain age, the Romanov daughters would begin wearing their hair up, making them look more grown up, rather than down and held back with a bow. My guess is that the original photo was from 19-16 or 1917, but if anyone knows please let me know!

Book of Portraits, Part 43: Maria

So after drawing a few portraits of Anastasia, I thought I may as well draw some other members of the Romanov family, starting with Maria.

I’ve found drawing Maria quite difficult, more so than the other members of the family I would say. I don’t know what it is about her but I feel like I struggle to capture her likeness more than anyone else. But I suppose that can only be improved with more drawing.