3 New Portraits in Pencil

I give out tickets to students as a reward for good work and good citizenship in my classes. They write their names on the tickets and put them in a bag, from which I occasionally pull one name from each class. The winner gets his or her portrait drawn by me. Here are the portraits I finished last week. They are pencil on 11″ x 14″ paper.

James Hough, Portrait of an Eighth Grader (1), 2014

James Hough, Portrait of an Eighth Grader (2), 2014

James Hough, Portrait of an Eleventh Grader, 2014

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Two Sisters as Superheroes

Little Girl Superhero Portrait, Jim Public, 2012

Baby Girl Superhero Portrait, Jim Public, 2012

While working on new paintings and illustrations in the studio, I have also been working on an upsurge of new portrait commissions lately. There are so many painters who do traditional portraiture better than I do–not to mention photographers–that I prefer the fun energy of transforming people into comic- and cartoon-style heroes.