I Create Portraits Of New Yorkers Using Colored Pencils And Pastels (15 Pics)

My name is Olya Nik. I moved to New York from Russia a few years ago and was amazed by the city’s vibe. I was happy to see people of all cultures and descents on the city streets who express themselves with their style so freely that I couldn’t resist making photographs and sketches and then completing the artworks in color at home.

I don’t have formal training in arts. However, I have always been interested in portraiture, and I have been sketching and drawing people and animals since my childhood. 

I started posting my drawings on Instagram a year ago when the lockdown happened. A theater where I directed a play at that time was closed, and I had to figure out what I wanted and could do in this situation. Posting my drawings was a solution for me, which attracted attention and people with the same interests.

I have a huge collection of drawings, which I keep posting to my Instagram often with a reference photo. I continue to create new paintings with colored pencils/pastels and watercolor. 

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A Man And A Great Dane In Soho, NYC

A Man And A Great Dane In Soho, NYC

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Beautiful Lady With Her Dog In NYC

Beautiful Lady With Her Dog In NYC

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The Bubble Makers At The Central Park

The Bubble Makers At The Central Park

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Midtown

Midtown

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Boy With A Knit Beanie Looking At The Puppies

Boy With A Knit Beanie Looking At The Puppies

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West Village

West Village

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The Met Museum Stairs

The Met Museum Stairs

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Central Park West

Central Park West

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5th Avenue

5th Avenue

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Self-Portrait At The Central Park

Self-Portrait At The Central Park

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Parrot On The Bike

Parrot On The Bike

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

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5th Avenue

5th Avenue

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By The Crosswalk

By The Crosswalk

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The Scene At The Central Park

The Scene At The Central Park

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