Celebrity Drawings: Ibn-Sina (Avicenna)

Ibn-Sina (known as Avicenna by the West) was the father of Modern Science and Freedom of Thought in Europe; he belonged to the Islamic Golden Age. He was well-versed in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Philosophy, and Medicine. One of his works, The Canon of Medicine, is used a lot by the European and the Islamic world.

This sketch is based on the picture that is here.

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Why Am I Finding It Difficult To Draw Female Faces?

I have drawn three female faces and three male faces so far. I have found out that I am finding it hard to draw female faces; but, the guys’ features are very easy for me to capture. When I was drawing female faces, I thought that my mind was being compelled to create errors. No matter how many times I erased and redrew, I still ended up making mistakes. Today, I thought about this and googled the concept “hard to draw female faces”. I found out that this is actually a phenomenon. Read “On the Difficulty of Drawing Women’s Faces” on Illustration Art. People find female faces more difficult to draw than male faces. I am glad that I can do plenty of things that fall under regular, average behaviour.

Here are the sketches of women:

Randomly Selected Beautiful Older Woman

Self-Portrait

Dame Barbara Cartland

Here are the sketches of men:

Noam Chomsky

Craig Considine

JK Fowler

This was very interesting! Right!

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Celebrity Drawings: Dame Barbara Cartland

My mom introduced me to Dame Barbara Cartland’s Regency Romance novels when I turned 16 years old. Dame Barbara Cartland is not only a British Royal but also a well-known author whose name is in the Guinness Book of World Record.

Dame Barbara Cartland is a heroine because she chose to offer lighter and cleaner romance and fought the porn industry. See her talk on the 1987 Jackie Collins show.

This celebrity is drawing is based on the image here. I have studied several other images of hers; and, thus this drawing seems a bit different than the image used.

Its great that I can draw this well with absolutely no real formal training. The only drawings I learned were up till grade 5; and, those were limited to fruits, vegetables, abstract images, and animals.

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Celebrity Drawings: Noam Chomsky

Note: I learned the concept of “Celebrity Drawings” just a while ago.  I will draw 30 of my favourite celebrities in the Post Series “Celebrity Drawings”. I am giving this a shot because I don’t have formal training in drawing and it helps to practise this skill.

Noam Chomsky is an American Philosopher, Linguist, and Political Activist. According to the Bios section of his official website, he has been cited considerably in modern history.

This celebrity drawing is based on the picture found here.

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Celebrity Drawings: Craig Considine

Note: I learned the concept of “Celebrity Drawings” just a while ago.  I will draw 30 of my favourite celebrities in the Post Series “Celebrity Drawings”. I am giving this a shot because I don’t have formal training in drawing and it helps to practise this skill.

Craig Considine is a Sociologist at Rice University and the author of many texts including “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts” (Summer 2018).

This celebrity drawing is based on the picture found here.

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Celebrity Drawings: JK Fowler

Note: I learned the concept of “Celebrity Drawings” just a while ago.  I will draw 30 of my favourite celebrities in the Post Series “Celebrity Drawings”. I am giving this a shot because I don’t have formal training in drawing and it helps to practise this skill.

JK Fowler is the founder of Nomadic Press; Director of Communications at Harm Reduction Coalition; and, part-time Lecturer in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Rutgers University Newark.

This sketch is based on the picture that is here.

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Self-Portrait

I tried drawing one of my pictures today because I was feeling very bored. It worked! My boredom vanished. I have never been formally trained in drawing, sketching, or any other relevant arts; but, I have always been able to draw very beautifully because I have great eyes.

Uhm! I got scared of drawing myself for some reason today. So, I drew a self-portrait that is based on my original picture. I know that some animators create animes by using their own faces and figure. I just learned this trick accidentally when my pencil kept sketching my face slightly differently. I think my fears somehow protect me.

Here is the original diagram and the self-portrait.

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Drawing Feels Natural

I miss my grandmother who died a long while ago so I drew this old woman. Funny! I couldn’t drew her face long but ended up making it a bit round like my grandma’s.

I love how drawing things relaxes and focuses me; and, I love how drawing has always felt natural to me. I have not been trained in the classroom in this art except for when I was in high school. I belonged to a Pakistani high school, which was run in a small city named Sheikhupura, so obviously we had to learn without much help—I studied in National Model High School. I only had a sketch pad, some pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, and some color pencils. My teachers taught me how to draw fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ducks. I even won an award for drawing and coloring ducks. The easiest competition that I had was a genius who knew all the Sciences and Humanities but he could draw only pea-sized photographs. 🙂 Hehehehe! I was around 15 years old when I left my high school and joined a Women’s Only College that was also very strict about Sciences—I feel like crying. We had music and dance events though as well as bazaars, which was helpful. I came to Canada in 1997 but I never ended up saving enough for Arts classes.

But, it still worked out fabulously for me. I wonder how my drawings would change after I have trained myself with the help of some real artists!

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