From the Journal of Rick Jacobsen
The lightpad and a photocopy machine opened up many new possibilities. I started working on the idea of painting Nikki , my wife, at my very own Xanadu: Lee Falls. In English Literature, Xanadu is a real place that's so fantastic, it doesn't really exist. Lee Falls was a fantastic place for me as a kid. Memories of Lee Falls were so fantastic it can't possibly exist.
A goal of mine was to paint Nikki, with a flower behind her ear, in a scene at Lee Falls.
I then ventured out to use a photo copier to size a picture of Nikki and the Lightpad (explained in my first post) to trace the parts I wanted.
The importance of drawing and shading began to emerge. Getting proportions right was challenging and time consuming. I didn't know it yet, but the things I needed most were called "layout tools." Laying out the picture in light pencil soon proved to be highly satisfying.
Nikki bought me Darryl Tank's 5-pencil Method video called, core concepts and exercises. She also bought me his video titled, how to draw a portrait. These videos quickly took me through all of the struggles that I had already experienced in laying out a portrait. The video taught me how to use a ruler and divider to create an accurate layout. Nikki also gave me more 5-Pencil Method lessons on drawing mouths and ears.
Mario visited us for Easter. He was very encouraging and suggested that I draw a man free hand. So I did.
Friday the 13th Man was drawn entirely from memory on Friday the 13th. I have tons of notes on memorizing the basic anatomy for drawing the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and most everything except the hair. At this time, I hadn't yet worked on hair. I was happy with the results. He's a goofy looking man, but it clearly reflects progress. We all agreed it was time to work on hair.
So, I drew Nikkie using the layout method taught in the 5-Pencil Method. Notice the introduction of hair.