I created the first drawing in 1997 from a photo of Tom Cruise. Then in 2004, after studying Lee Hammond’s book How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs (North Light Books, 1995), I rendered the second drawing of my brother, David.
Needless to say, Hammond’s book was responsible for a big turning point in my drawing ability. This lesson certainly opened up my eyes and reinforced my belief in the saying that “Knowledge is Power”.
Here are two more “before and after” examples. The first one was drawn from a photograph of actress Kim Delaney in 1997. I drew the second portrait in 2007 from an image of Lex Barker, one of my favorite actors who played Tarzan.
Thank you, Lee Hammond, for sharing your knowledge with me and everyone else who reads your books.