Art has always been a big part of my life and after falling in love with the Golden Age of Old Hollywood, I could not help but combine my two passions. Through the past few years, I drew a lot of portraits of my favorite actors and actresses and besides a lot of sketches of other vintage inspired stuff. But always in different styles – with pencils, graphite, ink, fine liner or even watercolors. You should know, I’m still searching for my own drawing style to make a big vintage series one day. That’s why I like to try out new things and why I’m always open for new inspirations.
But what am I going to do today? Today I’m going to share some of my works from the past few years with you to show you my improvement, my skills and of course my endless love to Old Hollywood & everything vintage. Enjoy!
Here are some of my first portraits ever. The ones of Paul Newman, Alain Delon and Doris Day are from 2015. The 2 portraits of Audrey are from 2014 and 2013, I guess. As you can see they are very light and I didn’t use that much contrasts back then. But you should know, I didn’t have much practice at that time and I really didn’t know what I was doing 😀 I just began to draw without watching any tutorials and that’s what came out.
The movie “Sabrina” is one of my favorites, so I had to draw Audrey and Bill, who are by the way one of my favorite on- and of-screen couples. I made this one in 2016 and it’s very simple but that’s why I like it. And as you can see, at that point I finally had some more practice 😀
Sophia Loren sketch from 2016 and a Gene Tierney portrait from January, 2017. I did both of them freehand so without any grid.
Two random sketches made in 2016.
Here are two of my latest Audrey Hepburn portraits (she is definitely the person I drew the most). While looking at them now, after seeing my old drawings, I realize how much I improved my skills. I know that they are still not perfect but you can definitely see a positive developement and I’m really happy and proud of that. Of course, I won’t stop practicing and since I’m a little perfectionist, I will always try my best to get better 😉
Since I drew a lot with ballpoint pencils in school, I thought it would be nice to draw some portrait sketches with them and try out something completly different. These ones are from 2016 – Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and Frank Sinatra.
I already said, that I like to use different techniques and materials and now we’re coming to my favorite style – ink and fine liners.
Here you can see my first fineliner portrait ever of Audrey from 2014 and an ink Pop Art drawing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor from late 2015 or 2016, not sure.
My Frank Sinatra mug shot ink drawing. I made this one in 2016 and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It has a wonderful place in our living room and a lot of people asked me if it’s printed but it’s definitely NOT 😛
And another one of Audrey – a minimalistic drawing from 2016. I’m so proud of it!
While searching for my own drawing style I came up with this. It’s a vintage inspired mixture of realism and carton/comic, well something like that 😀 I don’t know how to call it. Anyway, I really like it and it’s from this year. I also made a few other drawings which are quiet similar but without the realism and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make a lot more of this style because I absolutely fell in love with it.
Can you guess who these 2 famous dames are? 😉 The first one was inspired by Daisy Buchanan from the modern movie “The Great Gatsby” and the second one was inspired by Audrey in “Sabrina”.
As you know vintage fashion is my passion, so I crapped my fine liners and made these little sketches. I always wanted to make my own fashion drawings and there are definitely going to be more of them!
So we’re now coming to an end. I showed you a lot of my old and new drawings, my improvements and changes, my different styles and skills. I hope you enjoyed this little creative journey ❤
Last but not least, here’s a little message to everyone who loves to draw:
Keep it up, practice and be creative! I know it can be really “exhausting” sometimes because drawing takes a lot of time. But if you really want it, you can do it. If you want to draw a face, you can draw a face. If you want to draw a lion, you can draw a lion. But you need to be patient and motivated! And don’t forget: No one is born a master! 🙂
So that’s it for today. If you want to see some of my other drawings or if you have any idea what I could draw next, contact me here or on my social media! I’m always happy to hear from you 🙂 So thank you for reading, my lovelies. Lots of love and see you soon,
Your Shirinatra xx