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*** I just uploaded a HIGHER RESOLUTION scan so you can view details better *** The UN-enlarged view is the actual size of the drawing

I've been told SO many times that I should draw more women, so here's to you! :D:D

I'm not some huge Jessica Alba fan, but I ran across this photo of her while searching for someone else, and like I've said, it's the PHOTO that gets me excited to draw, not so much the person. When you find BOTH, it's pure heaven!

SIZE: 10 x 7.5 inches (larger than my normal drawing)
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.
TIME: about 12 hours
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Loved Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas" and "My Cousin Vinny"!

SIZE: 6 x 6.75 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler 3B, 2B, B, F, H and blending stumps
TIME: about 8 hours
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NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is EXACT SIZE of the drawing

I found a photo of Ryan Gosling and George Clooney combined. Ryan is holding a folded TIME magazine over 1/2 of his face with Clooney on the other side. I have not seen the movie yet, but want to.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year! I've been SO busy with moving, work etc that this is the first drawing I've down in almost 2 months. Now that we are settled, and winter is setting in, I hope to be drawing a lot more!

SIZE: 6.5 x 8 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series by Strathmore
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H
TIME: about 10 hours
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NOTE: UN-enlarged view is about 1 inch wider and taller than Drawing

This looked a lot easier than it was. I thought all I had to do was make black everything that was NOT Arnold, but there were many challenges to this one!

SIZE: 6 x 7.5 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H,B,2B,3B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.
TIME: about 10 hours
REFERENCE PHOTO: [link]
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NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is the exact size of the drawing

SIZE: 6 x 8 inches

PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series

PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B

TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.

TIME: about 12 hours

REFERENCE PHOTO: [link]

FAV song by Stevie: "I Just Called To Say I Love You" [link]

NOTE ABOUT THE DRAWING: As much as I enjoyed drawing all the details in his glasses, I hated drawing his hand. I HATE drawing hands! Also the ref photo was not high resolution (see link) and while I know teeth are NOT suppose to be pure white, the photo made them appear that way. Anyway, I have an 8 out of 10 on the satisfaction scale with this one. CLICK DOWNLOAD for a SUPER CLOSE UP VIEW? :D:D
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NOTE: ACTUAL SIZE is a little bigger than UNenlarged view, but smaller than the ENlarged view

REFERENCE PHOTO: [link]

Greg Laswell is admittedly one of our son's (Andrew Belle) biggest influences when it comes to singer-songwriters! We saw Andrew open for Greg at SPACE in Evanston IL in 2010 and he's awesome! I HIGHLY recommend you grab his new CD "Landline" when it drops April 24th! In the mean time, check out his single "Come Back Down" on Youtube! [link]

SIZE: 9 x 7 inches

PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series

PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B

TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.

TIME: about 12 hours

My son Andrew Belle was recently in NY and gave Greg the drawing :D:D

My fav song of his right now is "Comes and Goes"
Give it a listen! [link]
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Made a new wallpaper for my TWITTER background. If you want to see my WIPs and random drawing tips, you shoudl Follow me at [link]
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NOTE: I ADDED A WATERMARK BECAUSE I AM SELLING PRINTS ON WWW.FINEARTAMERICA.COM HERE:fineartamerica.com/profiles/ri…

Breaking Bad fans know this is Aaron Paul, who recently won an Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" for his role as “Jesse Pinkman” in AMC's hit show "Breaking Bad". I don't allow myself to obsess over any TV shows or celebrities, but Breaking Bad is my SOLE exception, ha! :D:D So you can imagine that we were thrilled to meet Aaron at Hard Rock Café in Chicago in 2010, while watching our son Andrew Belle perform. He is a super nice guy, and when you spend literally dozens of hours with a TV character, you feel as if you know them?

A few days ago, I @ mentioned Aaron (@aaronpaul_8) on twitter and said that if he followed me on twitter, I would draw him a large double portrait of him and Bryan Cranston" and he agreed! (twitter.com/rickfortson) However, he would rather I create a different drawing that he would hang in his personal home :D:D

Last week, I finally mailed my original “Walter White” drawing to Vince Gilligan (show creator) who is having it framed and hung in the official Breaking Bad office! :D:D

Last December, Vince Gilligan had somehow seen my drawings and had his assistant email me to get my home address, and then sent me some fan SWAG from the show, along with a hand written thank you note. Of course, I remain blown away that he did that!


SIZE: 8.25 x 6.75 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.
TIME: about 12 hours
Reference Photo: picasaweb.google.com/101099472…
My past Breaking Bad drawings:


Synopsis: Breaking Bad is an American television drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.

Wikipedia link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking…
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I'm on a Breaking Bad streak! I'm going to draw as many of the characters as possible before season 5 starts July 15th!

Dean holding a print he made from my drawing
Dean holding my latest original I sent him


He also uses my drawing on Twitter, as his profile photo. AND he gave me a follow too :D


SIZE: 5.75 x 6.75 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.
TIME: about 10 hours
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*** I DID NOT DRAW THIS ***

Back in 1995, BEFORE I ever started drawing again, I sold a 1.5 million dollar house, and hired an artist (Gail Schoenamaker?) to draw the house for my client as a closing gift. The buyer turned out to be SUCH an A--hole that I kept his closing gift! It cost me $350 bucks!

The details in this thing is amazing, and I remember feeling inspired to want to draw as a result of it, although that would not happen for another 13 years later...

Just thought I would share!
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