Tyomi is a model in the Life Drawing class that I take once a week at The Art Center of Highland Park. I am just learning how to use soft pastels and had a lot of frustration creating this drawing. This sketch is the result of 1 1/2 hours of fun.
Tyomi, soft pastel on charcoal paper, 18" x 24" by Diana Pasikov
AHHHHH!!!!! was such a joy to draw. I had fun envisioning my daughter at the age of getting her driver's permit ... and not so much fun envisioning myself in the passenger seat trying to teach her how to drive!
AHHHHH!!!!! color pencil on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11" by Diana Pasikov
Here is a drawing of our 220 pound English Mastiff (who is scared of EVERYTHING) and my daughter, who - at that time - was struggling to quit the habit of sucking her thumb. Our dog is still frightened of his own shadow, but my daughter successfully kicked the thumb habit.
Security, color pencils on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11" by Diana Pasikov
For my birthday in 2010, my sisters bought me a beautiful Prisma Color Pencil set, and I fell in love with this medium! I really enjoy the control pencils offer for details and shading; Adventure Bunny is my very first attempt at using color pencils.
Adventure Bunny, color pencils on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11" by Diana Pasikov
My daughter was the model for Grace & Poise, so I have a special affection for this piece. I was also honored to have this painting displayed at our local Starbucks with other works from my art class at The Art Center of Highland Park.
Grace & Poise, acrylic on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11" by Diana Pasikov
I completed this portrait of Jack Sparrow for my son only to have him burst into tears because the picture was too scary! Looking back at the piece, I see so many things that need correction ... the eyes are lopsided, the face is flat, my darks and lights are completely wrong, wrong, wrong ... but I remember the joy I had creating it and currently display Jack Sparrow in our home just to "freak" my son out!
Acrylic on wood, approximately 12" x 11" by Diana Pasikov
Experimenting with color, I had fun painting my proud Native American Chief. However, if you look closely, you can see dried slobber smeared in the background that was slung by our gentle 220 pound, drooling English Mastiff, Moby.
What's for Dinner is a special painting that hangs on my kitchen wall. One day, while skimming through one of my husband's old Playboy magazines looking for a creative idea to spark, I found a section involving women with food, and What's for Dinner was created.
Red is painted on a 20"x 30" canvas. I really enjoyed doing such a large portrait, and I had a lot of fun experimenting and playing with the color of her hair; however, my critics (ie. kids) think the Red lady is "freakie!"