Graphite Pencil Collection

2012 - Little Miss Homemaker

posted Dec 26, 2012, 11:34 AM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Jan 11, 2013, 1:49 PM ]

Little Miss Homemaker

I drew this picture as a Christmas present for my amazing sister, Heidi.  It is based on an image from the 1920's of a little girl playing house.  This intent little homemaker's pose and outfit captured my eye immediately, from her curly head of hair to her scrunched and striped leggings.  Truly a pleasure to draw. 

This picture also holds a record of sorts as being completed in only three full days of drawing.  That should teach me to not wait till the last minute to do Christmas projects :)

The picture is in graphite pencil and accented with just a little touch of pink iridescent pastel in the dress. 

11" x 17"

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Pastor Paul Arends

posted Jan 30, 2012, 12:59 PM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 1:02 PM ]

Pastor Paul Arends

I drew this picture as a birthday gift for my wonderful pastor and mother in Christ, Margie Arends.  The drawing is of her husband, Pastor Paul Arends, decked out in his western apparel.

This picture was a pleasure to work on.  It presented some unique challenges in the hat and subject position. 

14" x 17"

Iraqi Hope

posted Aug 4, 2010, 2:40 PM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 12:53 PM by Amanda Wunderlich ]

Iraqi Hope

This is one of my favorite graphite pencil drawings.  It is the picture of a little Iraqi girl taken by an American soldier during a tour in Iraq.

This picture captivated me with its many challenges of textures, the headscarf in particular.

Why "Iraqi Hope"?  I was stunned by the glow in this little girl's eyes even after all that she most likely has seen and lived through.  Look into her eyes and know you are looking into the future of Iraq.  There is hope there.

Original size: 14" x 17"

Meine Schwester

posted Aug 4, 2010, 2:39 PM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 4:06 PM by Amanda Wunderlich ]

Meine Schwester

This picture is a portrait of my older sister, hence the title in German, " My Sister." 

I was inspired to draw this by the interesting lighting, especially the light shining through the hoop earring and casting the shadow on her face. 

The hair also presented some interesting challenges, being partially drawn in with pencil and erased out with eraser.

Original size: 14" x 11"

A Grandmother's Prayer

posted Aug 4, 2010, 2:37 PM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 4:06 PM by Amanda Wunderlich ]

A Grandmother's Prayer

I was hired to help at a friend's daughter's wedding.  Anticipating the chance of subjects to draw, I took my camera with me.  As it turned out, I was correct.

This picture was a challenge and a joy to work on.  I love drawing seniors due to the immense character there always is in their faces.  

The jacket and corsage gave the picture some interesting texture and beauty.  Baby's breath is an interesting flower to draw in black and whites.

Original size: 11" x 14"

A Master's Touch

posted Aug 4, 2010, 2:32 PM by Amanda Wunderlich   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 4:07 PM by Amanda Wunderlich ]

A Master's Touch

My very first portrait that was scanned and made into prints.  This picture is of a fiddler by the name of Hank Dawson.  I had the privilege of hearing him play at a local fund raiser and snapped this picture of him during the performance.

I titled it "A Master's Touch" because of the serious concentration, controlled hands, and yet somehow relaxed posture I saw in the finished drawing.

Original size: 14" x 11"

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