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Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

Marker on bristol board.

This is actually my second attempt at doing Milan Lucic–I had to scrap my first one, since the lettering on the back of the jersey was much harder than I anticipated, and one thing seemingly led to another, culminating in a wasted sheet of bristol board. At least this one going up without the Bruins in danger of being eliminated from the NHL playoffs.


Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner

Marker on bristol board.

The story behind this picture goes back a few weeks, when the University of Maine fired hockey coach Tim Whitehead. Having been drawing famous faces for the past several weeks before then as a result of being inspired by a couple of caricaturists I found online, it occurred to me I hadn’t yet done any former Black Bears, and one of them should probably be my next face. I had recently heard for the first time that Dustin Penner was a former Black Bear, so I looked up his profile at Hockey Reference, and not only was he, I just missed being a classmate of his (granted, I most likely would not have had any classes with him… )

As much as I would like to upload more pictures of hockey players through the NHL playoffs, this one took a while for me to get right, and I don’t know how much more I could do. Then again, now that I have found a technique which works for me, it may take a lot less time per drawing.


Daily Doodle – Day Thirty-Seven

Pond Hockey in Summer

Pencil on white copy paper.

My first attempt at refraction (can you see it?)


Daily Doodle – Day Twenty-Three

Small Town Skating Rink

Pencil on white copy paper.

Based on an outdoor rink I passed by during a ski vacation in Quebec many years ago. From what I remember, it was too snowy to skate on.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Thirty

Steve Yzerman

Gesture drawing of Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings. Poppy red colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

And thus ends my 30-day series of gesture drawings, and what better way to end it than with my all-time favorite hockey player? Stevie Y was the man.

I want to thank AlphaInventions.com for exponentially increasing the audience for this series, Ed my drawing instructor for introducing me to gesture drawings, and most of all, the NHL for providing these (and many more) talented athletes with a national spotlight.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Twenty-Nine

Ray Bourque

Gesture drawing of Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins. Canary yellow colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

The day Bourque was traded to the Avalanche was sad, and I feel the Bruins still haven’t recovered.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Twenty-Eight

Dale Hunter

Gesture drawing of Dale Hunter, Washington Capitals. Peacock blue colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

Despite his notorious attack on Pierre Turgeon, Hunter is considered one of the greatest players to skate for the Capitals, as he was their captain for several years and had his number retired.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Twenty-Seven

Chris Chelios

Gesture drawing of Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks. Poppy red colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

When Chelios was traded to the Red Wings, my reaction was, “Did that really happen?” Since the Red Wings and Blackhawks have had a long rivalry, I did not think he would play for the Red Wings, especially since he grew up in Chicago. He turned out to be a pretty good acquisition for the Red Wings.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Twenty-Six

Jaromir Jagr

Gesture drawing of Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins. Black colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

Jagr was one of the best offensive players in the game while in Pittsburgh, but, save for 05-06, he never seemed to recapture his touch after he was traded.


30 Hockey Stars, 30 NHL Teams, 30 Gesture Drawings, 30 Days – Day Twenty-Five

Paul Kariya

Gesture drawing of Paul Kariya, Anaheim Ducks. Violet colored pencil on standard sketchbook paper.

Regardless of what uniforms he has worn, I’ve always cheered for Kariya; at his peak, he was one of the best goal scorers in the game, in addition to always being a class act. It’s too bad he rarely had a decent team around him.