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The Sketchbook Chronicles: Every Model Gets Their Own Book (LOL)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

The Sketchbook Chronicles: Every Model Gets Their Own Book (LOL)

Sometimes it takes three or four canva-pads before I figure out what people look like (LOL). I'll let you in on a secret: I usually ask my kids who it is and if they name the person I let them see their portrait. If they cant name the person, I tear it up and start sketching from scratch (LOL). 

While doodling on the futon tonight Stephen wandered over and said, "Oooooooo. Sana." I immediately stopped drawing halfway through the sketch to sign it so I could go over to Facebook and tease her about it. Like all the ones that came before I shall probably have to tear this one up in the end.

I destroy a lot of art. If it doesn't feel right I simply stop to start again.

For the record, I've been ripping her portraits up since last October (ROTFL). Susana is a great sport about it. She has high expectations that the final portrait will be mad cool since I have been driving her crazy with the mysterious scribbles being created in my quirky little mind (LOL). When you make people wait you better make sure it is worth the wait (LOL).

I have a Realtor collection in progress. I'm painting some of my fave houses. :-)

To answer some e-mail before I get back to work: Yes. Every model gets their own sketchbook for me to learn their features on. It makes things a lot easier when I am running amok in the park with the shorties. "Your side, my side, YOUR side, my side; My book, your book, my book, YOUR book," is a never ending Autism/PDD-NOS conversation we have when we start drawing in the house and park together.

Saying we do that argument a lot is an understatement (LOL).

BTW, my kids have their own individual sketchbooks as well. How can I not draw them? Our life is their fave cartoon and they like seeing themselves as Sponge Bob equals (LOL). ;-)

16 x 20 is a very nice size to work with. Not too big for the little people and not to small for me. It is the perfect size for working out my larger paintings. I did mention we are doing 30x40s together. Got two 24x48s going on with the shorties as well. :-)

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Comment balloon 7 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 12 2010 06:14PM


You continue to amaze me!  What  honest opinions you get from the hardest critics..your boys.  I am getting excited about the houses and will try not to bug you...but I want to see some of those sketchbooks.



Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Hi Carolyn... what a great drawing (and process).  The extent of your talent seems to have no ends or boundaries!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Margaret, there is usually one or two graphite/ink canva-pads going on in the trunk of the car if we think were hitting a park somewhere. Noah totally gets into it while Stephen is more of a flip a coin scribbler (LOL). If there is paint involved then we are talking a whole other mindset from the shorties. We are totally into painting. Seriously so... :-)

Thank you, Steve. I try to have a lot of fun with it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

My your talents just keep on coming and loved to read your blogs.  I need to get back into drawing and painting, but just haven't found the time.  Thanks and would love to see more.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette, I would love to show you more and shall later on today after I run my clients to their appointments. The weather is getting really nice and I need to crank out the work so Noah and I can exhibit together this Summer. We are making arrangements to turn some of his pictures into art posters. My friends and I think he'd make a wonderful photographer if we can teach him to be consistent. It's sort of hit and miss with him right now (LOL). We have a lot of fun playing pass the Nikon though so I kinda don't care. Maybe we can paint together when I hit KY on the way to TX. May/June is looking really good. I bet my shorties would just love you. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey C-Tann, love the drawing and so does Laura! Drawing people is so hared to do, but you seem to have not problems with that :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Carole, I've been illustrating people for a long time. Figuring them out relaxes me. I practice on the kids all the time. They usually scribble on top of my scribbles. They believe my job is to provide them with drawings to color so I do (LOL). Getting them to help me paint is an extension on that little habit. We have fun with it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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