Portrait of a Young Man (#40): 100 Face Challenge

I’m really enjoying my 100 Faces Challenge!   This was just a quick one last weekend, because I couldn’t resist the photo from Google images. So I dove right in. I like it better a week later than I did at the time, hehe.    If you’d like to guess who he is, feel free!    The reference image was probably from about 40 years ago.  I’m holding all guesses in moderation, so everyone has the fun of guessing.


I can’t believe I’m up to 40 faces in the first week of February!   I can’t seem to resist faces of all kinds.   Also hoping to have some fun with color this weekend.   Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness are helping me out by hosting Draw a Bird Day once again this month (for which I’m very grateful), and Monday is the 8th!    So get on over to their place on Monday and post a link to your artwork where prompted, and then they’ll do a round-up post after the dust settles a bit.   Looking forward to seeing what happens when my Mixed Media Monday crosses with Draw a Bird Day.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, doing whatever makes you smile biggest and laugh hardest. Peace.

46 thoughts on “Portrait of a Young Man (#40): 100 Face Challenge

  1. Oh boy. I feel like I should know him but can’t place. I’m going to ponder as we travel to Cleveland today to visit friends. Can’t wait to see your mixed media bird!!! Happy weekend artista Laura!

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  2. I don’t know who it is, but the hairstyle is definitely from my youth 40 years ago. He has a familiar look but I can’t place him.
    And thanks for the Draw a Bird Day plug. Enjoy your weekend! (K)

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    1. Thanks, Kerfe! The last time I drew him, you recognized him but it was a more current shot and in a medium I could erase! I didn’t think anyone would guess him, but I kinda like the drawing now that time has passed a bit. Contemplating a mixed media bird…..hehe. Should be fun! Thanks for keeping DABD alive. 💜

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  3. Hahaha. Well, my guess doesn’t do your drawing justice. You made a a good portrait. The focal area is the triangle of the eyes nose and mouth. Great job. Guess my musical tastes back then were pretty limited : )

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    1. Trust me, you’d know this guy if you saw a photo. You probably have his records! I’ve drawn him before but it was a more current photo. This actually may be off one of his album covers. He’s as well-known in the US as John Denver. I think missed something in the eyes and I have a very hard time with his mouth (and mouths in general) too. But as you say, progress not perfection. Words to live by, Tom!


    1. Thanks, Deborah! No, it’s not John Denver but I think he’s probably easily as well-known as him, probably more well-known. Definitely all in the same era, and as far as I know, this man I drew is still making music, actually! Which is pretty amazing, considering.

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  4. I want to say Tom Petty, but I don’t think it is, though he definitely looks familiar! You know I’m a fan of quick, un-erasable lines, Laura. 😉 I think you did a great job with it…you certainly nailed the nose, which, I may have mentioned before, is very hard for many people to do. ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Teresa! One thing I’ve really learned from doing these faces is that it really doesn’t matter how it turns out, or even if people recognize the face, I learn so much from each one. I really appreciate your encouragement. I am amazed by what you do with the Jeopardy contestants! I know how hard that is to do. It helps when it’s a show you frequently watch, and you know the person’s face, but when it’s someone random like that, it really teaches you how to see, I bet. 💛

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! I didn’t think anyone would guess……I’m happy to say Sharon just did! I’ll reveal her answer at the end of the day. I know a portrait is off key when it stumps you AND Jodi!!! So glad someone saw him though. Pen is fun for portraits, but definitely a challenge because I lack the patience to do anything in pencil first.

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  5. Ohh, this is *really* bothering me! It’s a wonderful portrait – those eyes look sooo familiar. I feel like I know but can’t place him. D’oh!!! I’ll be eagerly awaiting the answer so I can kick myself!

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    1. LOL Jacob! He’s an American musician…..not sure if you’re around my age, I’m mid-40s. He’s close to 70 now, but he was probably in his 20s or early 30s in the reference photo. That may be what’s got you stumped….in addition to the fact that this wasn’t the best portrait ever (obviously). hehe.

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      1. I’m twenty-four, but way more into and clued up about the music of that era, so I’ve a sporting chance at least of not being totally off the scent (though I usually am!) I’m just going to have to wait and see!

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  6. Wow! I had to look close-up on my iPad to see how you shaded this – your art always amazes me, Laura! 😍🎨💙 I do not know him but I’m not good at guessing. 😜 Look forward to seeing what bird you mix up for Monday! 🐦🐧🐤

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    1. Thanks Jill! Sharon guessed this one! I’m so glad someone did lol. Although I was thinking when I posted this that probably no one would. It’s always a surprise and I never know what’ll work and what won’t. Still haven’t done the bird, gotta get crackin lol.

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