Here are a few digital sketches I have created lately. The sketch immediately below was created in Procreate with my iPad and Apple Pencil. The goal was to create a loose sketch, the proportions got a little wonky but I really don’t mind. I sketch for fun and artistic freedom so I was fully satisfied […]Read more "A few digital sketches"
I shot this a few weeks ago (iphone, I think?) during a walk with our dog Katie. I touched up a few things in Lightroom and thought I would share. I hope everyone is having a good week and staying healthy. Talk to ya soon – MDLRead more "Stop and reflect"
If you have been a reader of my blog since I began my journey into sketching, you may remember that I have struggled with trying to achieve a looser sketch style. In the past I have obsessed with accuracy and trying my best to achieve realistic results. This inner expectation of realistically rendered sketches has […]Read more "Be a happy artist"
I was lucky to capture this image on a recent evening walk. I stopped to take a photo of birds roosting on a communications tower downtown. As I raised the camera to compose the photo, the sound of a loud motorcycle cracked through the air and startled the birds. I was lucky enough to snap […]Read more "Spontaneous reaction"
Below are a couple of sketched studies that I did recently. The first one is white pencil on black paper. Using a reference photo I found online I was trying to simply capture the light that was falling across the subjects face and fingers. The eyes and most of the face in the reference were […]Read more "A couple of pencil studies"
We experienced an unexpected treat a few evenings past. A very active thunderstorm was passing to our south. Even though this storm was producing an unusually high amount of lighting, thunder was rarely even noticed. We drove to the highest point in town and I was able to capture these images. All of these are […]Read more "An unexpected evening treat"
I thought I would share a few sketches that I have done lately. None of these are too complex or exhaustive studies. Most of these have been sketched just to keep the hand eye coordination strong and give me a reason to make marks. When I created the sketch below my goal was to convey […]Read more "A few sketches"
So, I dusted of my camera and headed down the street in hopes of shooting some of the local happenings. Living in a rural town, photo opportunities can often be limited. However, I am trying to practice and train my eye to find interesting subjects even among the often mundane and sparsely populated streets where […]Read more "Shooting Small Town Streets"
This is my one of my camera’s, my “main” camera so to speak. I have placed this camera on a undeserved pedestal. A pedestal tall enough to keep it from harm and as it turns out…keep it from use as well. It should have never been placed on a pedestal at all. Today, I’m sharing […]Read more "Too Precious?"
Hello, I know it’s been a while since I posted anything on this site and, to tell the truth, it’s because I wasn’t really satisfied with the content I was publishing. To be more specific, I started regarding the content as empty and sterile. Most of my posts have been a photo or sketch with […]Read more "A New Direction ?!"
My morning surprise, I had walked a couple of blocks with this rainbow to my back, unaware that it existed until I turned to begin home. This must be a good sign. iPhone 10x + snapseed I hope everyone has a great day! – MikeRead more "Morning Surprise"
Here’s a sketch that I did a few days ago. This was done in a single sitting. Playing around with toned gray paper. This was created in a Strathmore Toned Gray 5.5″ x 8.5″ (14 x 21.6 cm) sketchbook. For this sketch, I used a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2b lead, blending stump, & white […]Read more "Portrait sketch on toned gray paper"
I’ve been spending time with a new tool, new software, & new possibilities. A few weeks ago I splurged a bit and bought a new art creation tool. I had been curious about and itching to get my hands on a pen display tablet for some time. This curiosity came to a head a few […]Read more "Something new"
Just having a little fun with light and shadow. I hope everyone is having a good day and being safe during this time. I wish you all the best. – MikeRead more "The Introvert’s Self Portrait"
So…Confession…I’m really drawn to black and white street photography. I admire those who are brave enough to snap photos of complete strangers in the streets. I would like to give this genre of photography a try. But, I’m hesitant. I worry that someone may react negatively to being photographed by a stranger. I know this […]Read more "Small town streets"