Pen on paper (Moleskine)
7 x 5.5 inches
Freehand from photos.
30-45 minutes.

Today’s portrait is of Canadian Artist Jim Vance, known on flickr as The Jimmer. Jim has a fantastic, compelling smile in almost all his photos from babyhood to adulthood. It reaches from the corners of his mouth through the roundness of his cheeks to the twinkles in his eyes. I have not successfully caught that here and will have to try again. I’m drawn to smiles but I don’t draw them well… practice, practice, practice!

Jim works in a variety of media from traditional acrylic paint to modern digital manipulations. I love the way he experiments and develops the same image across media. I’m also a big fan of his ‘pure’ paintings; I find his built-up paint strokes very expressive.

You can see Jim’s artwork on his flickr imagestream:

Photos of Jim and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:…

Julia Kay
Julia Kay by Jim Vance

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is one of Jim’s portraits 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: