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Color or No Color – You Be The Judge


Several months ago I was contacted by a “mom” that wanted a special gift for her son for his anniversary.  She was quite passionate on presenting a special gift for a special day.  This particular mom got the privalage of officiating at the ceremony that joined her son with his new wife.  The event happened on March 21st, 2003 and it was the first day of Spring.

Well, spring here in Chicago today is non-existant and we are gearing up for another snow.. My thoughts on that sentence is.. filled with $%^&W#$^$^% explicit language.. but my problem, not yours.

Anyhow, after going back and forth with Jan – the mother of the groom – we decided on a photo.

The only thing collectively we really couldn’t decide is whether to add color to this, I have been successful adding a slight coloring to a grey scale drawing.  I did Tommy Katona and When It’s Shinin’ Blue and it turned out pretty well from what I am told.

But this particular scene, came on a chilly Maine Morning, the color of the ocean was deep yet the blue’s still shone through, the color of the sand, was a dark amber, but where it began to dry was a lighter peach.  So, the story goes, Jan and I communicated back and forth as the drawing was developing.

The final outcome, with color, was not as she expected, and I have not a single issue when folks are not completely pleased, so I decided that I would re-do it, completely in gray scale.  The jury is still out on my favorite and Jan is framing them both.


Categories : Pencil Sketches



hello I like the idea of pencil drawing

her is my opinion how about making the couple in color and the background bw? or visa versa

and the balloons are a nice touch


I prefer the greyscale one (only because the balloons look happier!)



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I like the black and white. When did you draw this?

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