The Hatless Chef

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: The Hatless Chef
Medium: Eltoro 120 gms Paper B, B3 Pencil
Dimensions: 297×210 mm

I finished this one, it is supposed to look like a famous rugby player. I struggle to copy it from the photo, but I am going to work on him again.

I called this the Hatless Chef because I changed the rugby shirt to a chef shirt.

My opinion:

I like it, the hair is not on standard yet but I worked quite a time on it. I started with the quick draw sketch of how to draw a face and then started with the eyes, the nose, the hair, the ears, the mouth, and then the neck. I leave the background white so that the face is standing stronger out.

Music Listened to:

Too much Love will Kill you – Queen (2000)

Lady with Fever

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Lady with Fever
Medium: Eltoro 120gms Paper Pencil B, B3
Dimensions: 297x210mm

This is a redraw of James McNeill Whistler’s pencil sketch.  I changed it a bit as you will see, I made the hair very dark it let it looks very dramatic.  It brings out the face and gives a lot of contrast between the hair and the skin.  The eyes are closed she is or dead or sleeping.

James McNeill Whistler

“Whistler depicts the celebrated Irish beauty Joanna Hiffernan—his model and mistress—sunk in an armchair, engulfed by a long skirt and loose hair, her lips parted as if to speak. The delicate paper captures the soft, drypoint lines and conveys a sensual mood. The light sketch of a girl’s head (in the lower left of the sheet) suggests that Whistler first worked on the plate from the opposite direction with another subject in mind. Drypoint lines were scratched directly into the copper to produce this famous image.” –

James Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist, based in London during the Gilded Age.  The Gilded Age was an era that occurred during the late 19th century, from the 1870s to about 1900.  This was the time of rapid economic growth in the USA.  The wages grew higher than those in Europe.

Whistler was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”.  He found a parallel between painting and music and entitled many of his paintings “arrangements”, “harmonies”, and “nocturnes”, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony.

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Year: 1871
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 1,443 mm × 1,624 mm (56.81 in × 63.94 in)

His most famous painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, is a revered and often parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler suggests that he do a portrait of her.  He had her stand at first, in his typically slow and experimental way, but that proved too tiring so the seated pose was adopted.  It took dozens of sittings to complete.

“The austere portrait in his normally constrained palette is another Whistler exercise in tonal harmony and composition. The deceptively simple design is, in fact, a balancing act of differing shapes, particularly the rectangles of a curtain, picture on the wall, and floor which stabilizes the curve of her face, dress, and chair. Whistler commented that the painting’s narrative was of little importance, yet the painting was also paying homage to his pious mother. After the initial shock of her moving in with her son, she aided him considerably by stabilizing his behavior somewhat, tending to his domestic needs, and providing an aura of conservative respectability that helped win over patrons.”

The public reacted negatively to the painting, mostly because of its anti-Victorian simplicity during a time in England when sentimentality and flamboyant decoration were in vogue.  Critics thought the painting failed “experiment” rather than art. The Royal Academy rejected it.

From the start, Whistler’s Mother sparked varying reactions, including parody, ridicule, and reverence, which have continued to today.  Some saw it as “the dignified feeling of older Ladyhood”, “a grave sentiment of mourning”, or a “perfect symbol of motherhood”, others employed it as a fitting vehicle of mockery. The painting is now housed in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.

Music Listen to:
Winter – Tori Amos(1992)


A Hug Please XXX

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: A Hug Please XXX
Medium: 210x297mm Eltoro 120gms Paper B Pencil

This is a redraw of Andy Warhol’s (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) erotic sketch. Warhol was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement, known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s.

In the 1950s when Andy Warhol was looking for a job he draws erotic sketches and it was rejected by galleries. The reason was it was too controversial for them.


Music Listened to:

Je T’aime Till my Dying Day – Enigma (2008)

Study 11 Johan 22 April 2020

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 11 Johan 22 April 2020
Medium: 297x210mm Eltoro 120gms Paper B Pencil

Music Listened to:

Lauren Daigle – Trust in You(2015)

Get on the Road – Tired Pony (2010)


Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Masks PLEASE – CORONAVIRUS!!!!!!
Medium: 297x210mm Eltoro 120gms Paper B Pencil

Frustration now!!!

The night gets longer and colder. Hell is living in lockdown, without you. I found you face in a B pencil it is almost faceless and grey. Touch me, or try to walk away – all the time that I wasted. Who is to blame?

Music Listened to:

Hell is living without you – Alice Cooper (1989)

Study Noses 20 April 2020

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Medium: 210x297mm Eltoro 120gms Paper B Pencil
Title: Study Noses 20 April 2020

Still struggle with the noses, but it is going and I remember now how to draw step by step as you will see in the study.

This nose is difficult to draw but I think if I get it right it will be the best sample that I can use, which I found on the internet.

Movie Watched:

Anon (2018)
Amanda Seyfried, Clive Owen, Sebastian Pigott

I like this film it is a British film and something different like the normal Hollywood American movies.  It is very futuristic and you can see how social media is going forward in the future.  I think social media will have a big effect on our lives very soon.  So, build your social media platforms.

Maybe Baby

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Maybe Baby
Medium: 297x210mm Paper HB, B Pencil

I did not know what to call it… This is Sunday Night still in lockdown test negative be positive.

Ok, what do I think of my own work?

Well, the hair needs more attention and the nose. The eyes are working and the mouth. The chin is ok but the ear is to flat.

But I call it a quick draw, just to see how I learn with my exercises this week which I completed.

Music Listened to:

It Must Have Been Love – Roxette (1986)

Study 5 Ears 18 April 2020

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 5 Ears 18 April 2020
Medium: 210x297mm Paper HB, B2 Pencil

This is an exercise which I did on ears today, it is a very good exercise which I got, and have 11 steps. So I practice the one side of the ears and I find it very helpful.