Keep it Casual

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Keep it Casual
Medium: A4 Pencil, HB, 2B

This is an artwork which I had redrawn, I got the image from Pinterest.  The sketch I got from the internet and is originally drawn by Efrain Malo.  He is from Mexico and was born on May 22, 1987, in Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas,  one of his most important emergent talents is his caricature sketches.  The passion for detail is one of the main features of this young master’s work.  

What do I think of the redraw of this pencil sketch? Well, I like the angle which he is been drawn.  The legs open and you see his face between the legs.  The head is looking upwards and makes it very interesting.

My opinion of the artwork which I have drawn is as follows.  The face is not 100% yet, the mouth and nose and eyes need to move a little bit to the right-hand side.  More details are needed in the shoes and I would also put more detail in the shirt.  I would love to have a nice idea for a background.

Personally, in my opinion, I really do like the sketch which I have drawn and will look for similar photos to draw again or pencil sketches.
I work four hours on this sketch which I think is very good.

Music listens to:
Wait for you – Jake Miller (2016)

Dr. Sydney Brenner – Nobel Prize Winner

Noble, Prize

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Dr. Sydney Brenner – Nobel Prize Winner
Medium: A4 Paper HB Pencil

I choose this man because he is world-famous for his prize which he received in Physiology or Medicine.  He shares the price with H. Robert Horvitz and Sir John E Sulston.

Dr. Brenner was born on 13 January 1972 in Germiston, Johannesburg he died 5 April 2019 in Singapore at the age of 92.

He was a biologist and also called Uncle Syd.  He made a significant contribution to work on the genetic code, and other areas of molecular biology while working in the Medical Research Council(MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.

His parents were Jewish immigration, his father came from Lithuania in 1910 and his mother from Riga, Latvia in 1922.

He was educated at Germiston High School and the University of the Witwatersrand.  He joined the University at the age of 15.  In his second year, it was noted that he was too young to qualify for the practice of medicine at the conclusion of his six-year medical course.  He then completes his Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Physiology.  He stayed on for two more years doing an Honours degree and then his MSc degree, supporting himself by working part-time as a laboratory technician.  His master’s thesis was in the field of cytogenetics.  IIn 1951 he received the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) degree.

Dr. Brenner received an 1851 Exhibition Scholarship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1985 which enabled him to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree at the University of Oxford as a postgraduate student at Exeter College, Oxford.

Dr. Brenner made several seminal contributions to the emerging field of molecular biology in the 1960s.  The first was to prove that all overlapping geneti8ic coding sequences were impossible.  This insight separated the coding function from structural constraints as proposed in a clever code by George Gamow.  This led Francis Crick to propose the concept of the adaptor or as it is now known “transfer RNA (tRNA)”. The physical separation between the anticodon and the amino acid on at tRNA is the basis of the unidirectional flow of information in coded biological systems.  This is commonly known as the central dogma of molecular biology i.e. that information flows from nucleic acid to protein and never from protein to nucleic acid.  Following this adaptor insight, Brenner proposed the concept of a messenger RNA, based on correctly interpreting the work of Elliot “Ken” Volkin and Larry Astrachan.

Brenner, with George Pieczenik, created the first computer matrix analysis of nucleic acids using TRAC, which Brenner continued to use.

Brenner was married to Mary Brenner (née Covitz, subsequently Balkind) from December 1952 until her death in January 2010; their children include Belinda, Carla, Stefan, and his stepson Jonathan Balkind from his wife’s first marriage to Marcus Balkind.


Now my own opinion of my work.

So what do I think about the sketch which I did of Dr. Brenner?  

I struggle with his nose and mouth.  This picture I think was taken when he received the Novel Prize.
I only work with an HB pencil to draw the sketch.
Music I listened to:

Madonna – Live to tell (1986)

Madonna – Crazy for you  (1985)

Madonna – Take a bow (1994)

Madonna – Rain (1993)

Jon Secada – Just Another day (1992)

Enrique Iglesias – Addicted (2003)

Ellie Goulding – Love me like I do – Fifty shade of Grey (2015)

Now I have done, it was last night a nice cool windy night with a little bit of rain

Collection 1 Painting 10

lategan, pieter, zulu, kwazulu-natal

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Collection 1 Painting 10
Medium: Acrylic

This is the acrylic painting which I did on an A4 on 8 August 2017. That will help me to see the colors correctly when I start to paint in oil. Also, it helps save paint.

I listened to

3 Doors Down – Here Without You (20 May 2008)

Staring at the Ceiling

Pieter Lategan
Title: Staring at the Ceiling
PencilA4 Paper

It took me two days to draw this.  I had a very bad day yesterday.  It was very hot but today was nice and cool.  When the weather is like that you feel you can work.  I have now a better understanding of the eyes.  The title I decided must be “Staring at the Ceiling”  I got the words from the song Abba (Song Title: One of Us.)
Songs Listen to:

Abba – One of Us (1981)

Foreigner – I want to know what love is (November 1984)

A-HA – Take on Me (1985)

U2 – With or Without you (1987)

Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives (1981)

Little One

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Little One
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB

This an image of my brother’s daughter, she is going to school now and lives in Australia.


Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Noses
Medium: A4 Pencil HB

Yesterday was Christmas, I was alone at home and working.  Today is Boxing day and it is very hot here.  It is going to be 35 degrees and tomorrow as well.
While I am busy doing this sketch I was thinking who can I paint if I do not do paintings on request.  I was thinking to find a very interesting South African figure and do research on him or her and tell the story while I am busy painting the picture.  It can be for example a rugby player, actor or someone famous.
This is what the internet says if you want to paint a famous person and what to sell it.–435063.html

Michael Jeffers Hoisington
5.0 stars 3 reviewsIntellectual Property Law Attorney in San Diego, CA
· Posted on Mar 14, 2011As always with all legal issues, the answer is it depends. Your paintings are copyrightable and you absolutely have the right to sell them. The question then becomes, what is your liability if you do sell them? Is a celebrity going to come after you for violating their right of publicity?It depends on how you sell your paintings. If you are selling in a private sale to a private buyer, then the chances of a celebrity coming after you are slim to none. However, if you ramp up and are making copies and trying to sell mass market, that might get some attention and greatly increase the chance that a celebrity or a rights holder will come after you.However, artists have a First Amendment right to express themselves, and in the recent Tiger Woods case, the court found that the artist’s First Amendment rights were more important than Tiger Woods’ right of publicity. You can read the case and compare your facts against the ones in the case and perhaps get an idea of where you stand.Rights of publicity are protected under state law. Not all states have them, although most do. The scope of protection varies from state to state, and you should check the laws in your state.My answer is for information purposes only, it is not legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship has been formed.”

Music Listen to:

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game(Official Video) 1989

“Window on a Rainy Day”

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Window on a Rainy Day
Medium: Acrylic Painting A4 Classic Linen Avalanch white 216gsm

“Is it true that the human seeks the weakness in one another?  It is so hard when you find lies in the ones you love and still be truthful tp them. This a weakness.” –  Pieter Lategan

Man Waiting at Bus Stop

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Man Waiting at Bus Stop
Medium: A4 Paper, H, HB, B, B2

I just finished this sketch, it took me a while.  I work from a photo and think it is good in my opinion.  The cheeks should be a bit round like it is puff, but I leave it like it like that.  I struggle a bit with the hair, but the photo is difficult to pick up the hair.  I feel my pencil sketches are getting better.

Sweets for Christmas

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Sweets for Christmas
Medium: A4 HB Pencil

This is a drawing of my brother’s daughter.  I started it on the 23rd of December and got it completed today on Christmas day. 


Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Lips
Medium: Pencil Sketch.HB A4 Paper

It took me two days to draw all these lips.  It kept me very busy.  I like the idea of only practicing parts of the body.  I feel I learn more to do it like that.

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