I'm Rick Fortson
and I started drawing again after a 30 YEAR time out! I never drew portraits before, but I oil painted and drew landscapes, and various objects as a teenager in the 1970's. SEE THAT WORK FOLDER HERE: [link]
I could never get past deciding WHAT I wanted to draw, so I rarely did, even though I wanted to sometimes. Through a series of motivating factors, I decided to buy some drawing pencils in October of 2008. I started with my kids first, and moved on to celebrities. I believe we make "Progress through Practice". See some examples of my progress here: [link]
Now that I draw people, it's no longer WHAT do I want to draw, but WHO, so I never get stuck trying to first decide WHAT to draw! I'm 100% self taught. I always just seemed to realize to myself that I could draw if I wanted to. Weird huh? Follow me on Twitter [link] IF you want to see my newest DRAWING TIPS and ALL of my Works in Progress that I do NOT post on Deviant Art. Check out my NEW DRAWING TIP BLOG
www.DrPencil.wordpress.com Check out my son's music! - "Andrew Belle" -- Youtube or Google him
I think 17 out of his 20 songs to date have been used on major TV shows (Grey's Anatomy 4 times, including S6 finale, Vampire Diaries, Castle S4 finale, Pretty Little Liars, Kardashians, Design by Jane, Covert Affairs, etc). Named "Breakout Artist Chicago-2009" by MTV.
My folder for him here: [link] Check out my daughter Maggie's Amazing Portrait Photography!
She is a very gifted artist and is SO creative! She takes the kind of photos that actually makes me want to draw people I don't even know! I've said all along, I am inspired to draw FIRST by a great photograph, and THEN by the subject. When I have BOTH, I hear background music!
My folder for her here: [link]