When I Drew Tommy Kane

Watercolor portrait of Tommy Kane

Back in April I signed up for the first semester of the online art class, Sketchbook Skool, set up by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. I’m just coming to the end of the second semester and I’ve learnt a lot in the 12 ‘klasses’ I’ve now taken.

In the first semester Danny’s friend Tommy Kane taught a klass and inspired each of us to draw a detailed picture of our kitchen.

At the end of his klass quite  few students drew portraits of Tommy and sent them to him. In June I noticed that Tommy had set up a Tumblr blog, where he posted the portraits he’d received and mentioned that if anyone else would like to have a go he would email them a high-res photo to draw from.

I emailed Tommy and he said that I was the first to get in touch as he hadn’t launched the site at that point. I did my drawing quite quickly and sent it off but it was only last week that I contacted him and found out that he’d never received it so I sent it again and it’s now on the Tumblr alongside about 200 others, which makes me quite proud. It was also great to get some really positive comments about my drawing from Tommy, an artist whose work I admire.

Not long after I finished my drawing I was also very relieved to hear Danny comment that Tommy is almost impossible to draw and that no-one ever quite manages to capture a true likeness. That made me feel a bit more relaxed about sharing my drawing!

3 thoughts on “When I Drew Tommy Kane

  1. Jayleen Zotti Reply

    Of course I don’t know Tommy but this is a great picture! You continue to amaze me!

  2. Matt Reply

    I’ve discovered that there is something “beyond” the image- a subtle essence that I think is an ’emergent effect’. It’s hard to capture…. in this case maybe Danny is talking about a certain ‘Tommyness.’ It’ll put me in some trouble if I chase after it, I will just have to allow it to come out.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Yes, I think I know what you mean, Matt and you’re right, I think it’s one of those things that can’t be chased.

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