Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lakota man

So I was searching around for clothing references for a painting and I stumbled on the photographs of Gertrude Kasebier from the early 1900s. I was so struck by them I printed out several and just started drawing. Here is one of the Lakota men she photographed - from, I think - a western side show. And in my true fashion, I dropped the nose down too far - thus not truly capturing his face. (My youngest daughter pointed it out to me. She has a good eye for that.)
 Slightly darkened in the computer, but on my favorite Cagrain paper using faber castell pencils.


  1. You are trully a master of pencil drawings.This is stunning Karen.This man has such presence and the shading is fantastic.Unless you're doing a commissioned portrait it does'nt really matter if the features are changed,you've made him your own Lakota man.

  2. oops,just realised truly only has one l ! My spelling is getting worse. : )

  3. What a sweetheart you are, Azra! Thank you!


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