Boris Johnson – PM since 24 July 2019

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Boris Johnson – PM since 24 July 2019
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil, H, HB

This is the Prime Minister of England. Currently under self-isolation because of the coronavirus. He works from home and runs his country.

Lockdown Day 4 – Waiting

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Lockdown Day 4 – Waiting
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H

It is day 4 of lockdown. Everybody is waiting for the latest news. The streets are quiet. The death toll over the world risen to 34 000 people. For a pound is R22.28, the highest that we ever saw. The oil price is down, because of the less demand. Everyone wants a vaccine that can help us because the hospitals can’t handle it anymore in the USA.

So what do I think of my own work?

I think is good, I like the hair the mouth is not 100% but I will practice the mouth more, the ears are not really good but it is ok, at least there are similarities to the photo. I am happy with the sketch, and I work about 5 hours on this one. But I give a lot of attention to detail.

Day 3 Stay at Home to Safe Lives

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Day 3 Stay at Home to Safe Lives
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H, HB, B

Today is the third day of lockdown. People are getting frustrated and the rows in front of the supermarket were long. A few people are allowed in the shop.

Over the news, the people tell us to stay at home and must not get out so try to stop the rate of the coronavirus. 1187 People are effected and one death in South Africa. It is not that bad for a country that has 57 million people.

So what do I think of the sketch?

I got a photo on the internet and draw it over. It is a photo model. It is almost there and it looks good. It shapes but not everything is in shape, like the eyes, ears, mouth, lips, and hands. The hair is good the reason why it is a young guy and he doesn’t have grey hair.

Photo by:
Justin Chen

The Fear For The Coronavirus

Pieter Lategan
Title: The Fear For The Coronavirus
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H

People live now in fear. The elderly are the worst hit by the coronavirus. They are weak and do not have the ability to fight the virus.

I draw it from a photo which I got on the internet.

So what do I think about my work?

Slowly I am moving out of the deep waters and I can feel it looks better. I am proud of myself because I used a photo. The eyes work, the nose almost there, the mouth is ok and the ears are good. So yes I am happy about the sketch. I took a walk to the shop and the rows were long and we had to stand outside of the shop. There are only a few people allowed in the shop, so I waited for about 30 min outside and I was out in 6 min.

Day 2 of Lockdown is Almost Over

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Day 2 of Lockdown is Almost Over
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H

Today was the second day of the lockdown in South Africa and nobody is allowed to go out. Everyone sits at home and you are only allowed to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy or the doctor.

We don’t have an idea of how long it is going to continue. South Africa has an 21 days lockdown.

So the sketch, what do I think of it?

It took me around two hours to draw a pencil sketch. So it is time, and I get a lot of practice. I like the eyes it is working, the nose is good and the mouth. I just struggle with the grey hair, because this is an old man with a lot of hair and it is grey. Furthermore, I am happy it is my second sketch I did today, so it is good.


Sickness All Over The World

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Sickness All Over The World
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H, HB

I got a photo on the net and I draw it, this photo I got from an artist who uses black and white photos and colors it in. The photo was taken during the Holocaust of a woman. She looks like a man but you can see she is ill and did not eat.

The artist who colors the black and white photos is Tom Marshall (PhotograFix). He called himself a colorizer and restorer. He is working with some of the world’s leading museums, photo archives and publishers, as well as private commissions and projects, undertake for fun.

So what do I think of my sketch?

Well, I like the ears, that look good, the eyes are ok and the mouth. The nose is almost there and it looks much better and I get the feeling I start to understand the draw of a nose. She does not really look sick but Ii think the lines are not dark enough. But you can see the woman is not well, there is something wrong with her. I put today’s date and year on it, and I think I must continue doing that.


Redraw of Unknown Artist sketch – I call it Pilot

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Redraw of Unknown Artist sketch – I call it Pilot
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil HB

Pencil sketch of a pilot G.E. Rawson dated 29 August 1943. He died and they assume the body was found by the Germans in world war 2. After an attack and the sea of Cherbourg.

I don’t know who the artwork did, but it is been signed by the artist and the date is 29 Aug 1943, the time during the war.

So what do I think of my own work?

Some of the lines are too hard and it is been drawn from different angles. I try to create images with continuous same pencil pressure. That I have difficulties with. But as soon as when I get that when I color in with the pencil with practice I will be happy. The hair works for me but I could spend more time on it. The eyes are ok, and the mouth. I like the nose, it is working but still not there yet. I still feel I need more practice for portrait pencil sketches but that will I do. I am busy since last year November 2019 and worked very hard this month.


Rip Sol Kerzner

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Rip Sol Kerzner
Medium: A4 Paper Pencil H

Solomon (Sol) Kerzner, (23 August 1935 – 21 March 2020) was a South African accountant and business magnate.

He founded both of South Africa’s largest hotel groups, the Southern Sun Hotel Group and Sun International. He graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and took over the running of his family’s hotel chain. His parents owned and operated a chain of kosher hotels.

In 1979 Kerzner developed Sun City, the most ambitious resort project in Africa.

So what do I think of my own work?

I like it, it is sad the man passed away he was a very good and clever businessman.

Some of the lines are a bit too hard, I draw with an H Pencil. The sketch was not drawn exactly in the middle but that is fine, I got the photo from the internet from the Getty Photos website and the photo was taken by a person with the name of Kevin Mazur/WireImage.


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