Pen on paper.
Freehand from a photo.
30-40 minutes.
5.5 X 8 inches.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Valerie Beeby, known on flickr as Purple Owl. I’m afraid I got more involved with her living room than her portrait… In any event, Valerie is a versatile digital artist, with subjects ranging from classically rendered still lives of glowing, curvaceous fruit to cartoons of the adventures of her avatar, Purple Owl.

You can see Valerie’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:

And on her website:

Photos of Valerie and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here is Valerie’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: