This week’s art is a pencil sketch of the wonderful Patrick Stewart in his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation Starship, Enterprise.  (Oooo, I just got goosebumps from using that full title!)  I didn’t intend this drawing to go onto the web – it was just something I was doing while watching a few episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation in preparation for the new series Picard which has just come out.  After playing around with a couple of sketches I pulled up this rather dashing portrait photo from the web (All rights to Paramount / Viacom)…



…and made a proper sketch of it.  Apologies about the lack of process photos – I just got really involved with the drawing.

There is an odd intimacy which comes with painting anything.  Usually I really like it – especially with animals and plants.  It seems to strengthen my bond with other living things.  But when I do a portrait of a person I find I’m quite mixed about this “close” feeling.  Although I know, and very much value, Patrick Stewart’s excellent work, I don’t know him, the real person behind the actor, and so the intimacy feels odd and out of place.

Anyway, here’s to a smashing new series from a superb actor, Picard




It was done with graphite HB and B mechanical pencils on watercolour paper.  (Looking back it would have been better on Bristol Board but I used what was to hand.)  I do love drawing more mature faces – the beauty of the person seems to come through more.

22 thoughts on “Jean-Luc

  1. Well done Up. I agree; drawing people with age is much more interesting than the perfection of youthful skin. Each line, each wrinkle, each glint in the eye tells of a life lived. A life full of love, hurt, pleasure and pain.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Yay to Jean-Luc Picard! I am enjoying the new series so far. Now I am waiting for a new season of Discovery. I guess with another movie nothing much is happening…

    Nice portrait. Now one of the old Picard! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Nice work Jo. Don’t have Amazon Prime or whatever it is required to watch Picard but I’ll wait until it comes to some other channel. Have reblogged,

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.