The Sadness In His Eyes

As I work on this portrait of Robin Williams as Peter Pan I can’t help but see the sadness in his eyes.

“The brush stroke at the moment of contact carries inevitably the exact state of being of the artist at that exact moment into the work, and there it is, to be seen and read by those who can read such signs, and to be read later by the artist himself, with perhaps some surprise, as a revelation of himself.”

Robert Henri

I find that quote by Robert Henri to be very poignant today. After I’m looking at my drawing I’m seeing so much sadness in Robin William’s eyes. Maybe this is because of of the tragic circumstances surrounding his death that I was thinking of while drawing him and that energy was communicated unknowingly.

I would love for Robin Williams to still be alive today, working, and making other laugh.

Peter Pan Drawing

With the change in my work schedule I was able to get my artwork done early today. The morning is the best time for my energy so I was able to get a lot accomplished on this drawing.

I could have did a little more on it but I felt it would be better to see it’s current progress in a photo on my site first to check for issues.

the sadness in his eyes

Previous Peter Pan Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

I timed my warm-up again and kept it to about 15 minutes. I was a little rushed but I think this is a perfect amount of time for some dexterity practice before getting into other projects.


I really need to practice this more. The fine liner pens are on their way to my doorstep and when I get them I’m going to start the exercises over and actually take part in their critique process.

draw a box exercise

Steve Huston Form Exercise

Thirty minutes of seeing the human form as simple shapes and doing some contours to really cement the idea of space in my head.

form exercises

10 Minute Form Studies

Honestly I’m having some trouble understanding this exercise from Nicolaides’ book. I’ll have to really get deep into his explanation and pull it apart. Or ask Kath who has done it before 🙂

modeled form

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I drew an empty box that held some of my Birthday books and one of the crazy guys mowing our backyard yesterday. The were going 90 miles an hour and the grass was flying like a blizzard of green.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

Awesome morning of art!

What needs work?

My at time was planned perfectly today but getting to work afterwards was hard.

What did I learn?

I learned all kinds from Josh this morning with our call. Check out his website and his YouTube videos. I would say more but I’m pressed for time.


  1. Wow, the daily composition today is not only well composed, but also impressively detailed! I think I might add in the Steve Huston’s form study into my schedule seeing how it helped you understand forms. About modelled drawing, I’ve actually recently compiled my own notes on some of the Nicolaides exercises in here and on resources/materials for each exercise on here . Maybe they could help you with interpreting the modelled exercise?

    • Thanks Kath! That is super helpful! Next time it comes up in the schedule I’m going to try and totally forget about shadow shapes and light source and think more about the form itself. Darker when it recedes and lighter when it advances. I also like that you make a point to try and fill every corner of the figure.

  2. I love your take on Peter Pan, and remembering how much I’ve loved so many of Robin Williams’ characters over the years (from Keating in Dead Poets Society to Genie in Aladdin, to Batty in Fern Gully). He was so amazing.

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