A Portrait of Mlle

The inspiration for this portrait was found via the app sktchy.  I was drawn to Mlle’s photo due to the unusual angle of the pose.  The photo was taken with the camera well below her face, so much so, that her chin and neck where prominently displayed in the foreground of the photo.  Her head was turned so that only her left eye was visible to the camera, this restricted the main features of her face to a profile view only.

The angle and perspective was a bit tricky to work out.  It’s not perfect but, it is acceptable for a sketch.  I encourage you to check out her inspiration photo, I have provided a link below.

Click here to see Mlle’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

Sktchy-Mille

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Silence.  I took a walk around my home to see what I could spot that would convey silence to the viewer.  Below are the photos, as well as, my thoughts on how each photo represents silence.

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Silence (1 of 3)
I came across this wilted rose, It is the only blossom remaining on a small rose bush. The other roses have been swept away by the harsh winter winds but this one remains in total silence. Abandoned, unnoticed, and forgotten by the world.
Silence (2 of 3)
In the warmer months of the year this swing is anything but silent.  It is the epicenter for backyard fun. Surrounded by children laughing and playing.  Now it sits still except for the occasional breeze that may reluctantly coax it into movement.
Silence (3 of 3)
This is my favorite photo of the group.  It’s an interior shot of a window in a small shed on my property.  The shed is mainly used to store yard and gardening tools and supplies.  During the winter months this shed and it’s contents sit in silence,  enduring the cold, waiting for spring, when it will once again enjoy regular visits from the underpaid and overworked head grounds keeper (that would be me).

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Ben’s Portrait

The portrait of Ben was inspired via the app sktchy.  I am still enjoying using this app for the vast amount of inspiration photos as well as the community that it provides.  Even if you aren’t an artist you can still upload inspiration photos and allow artist to create works based on your inspiration.  It’s a very cool concept.  Click here to see Ben’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

Sktchy-Ben

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Liebster Award Nomination

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award.  I was nominated by Chromatic Devil, a blog that showcases the original artwork of A. E. Pacific.  I am honored to be nominated for this award and I encourage everyone to visit the Chromatic Devil and check out her art for yourselves.

I started this blog in May of 2017 as a way to share my passion for drawing and photography.  Before starting this blog I considered other means for sharing my work.  Including Facebook, Tumblr, and other social sites.  I chose WordPress and the blogging platform because it was the only social site that gave me complete control of how my work was presented.  It gave me control over the site name, appearance, pages, etc.  This really appealed to me.

Drawing and Photography are the two activities that are showcased on this site.  However, there is one other activity that I enjoy that has not been showcased here.  That activity is woodworking.  I enjoy the craftmanship that goes into producing anything that is handmade.  I think creating something with your hands whether it’s a drawing, painting, or a fine piece of furniture is one of the highest forms of human expression that can be achieved.

By day, I am a building designer.  I work for a design / build contractor who specializes in commercial and industrial buildings.  I have been in the construction industry for over 25 years.  I truly enjoy the work that I do.  I enjoy the fact that I can use my creativity and problem solving skills to make a living.

10 Random Facts about me:

  1. I am in my late 40s.
  2. I enjoy nature and love to hike in the mountains whenever I get the opportunity.
  3. I have an appreciation for anything that is handmade.
  4. I use a standing desk at work each day.
  5. I started drawing/sketching in November of 2016.
  6. I admire the idea of a simple lifestyle and I am trying to simplify my own life.
  7. I love coffee!
  8. I enjoy routines and that makes me a fairly predictable person.
  9.        My studio / creative space lacks any natural light and is in my basement.
  10.        I like antiques and vintage items.

My answers to Chromatic Devil’s questions:

1. As an artist, writer, etc., what drives you to create?  That’s a good question A.E.  I have never really thought about what drives me to create.  It’s just something I am passionate about and a form of expression that I enjoy.  As an artist, I enjoy the process of seeing a sketch grown from an outline to a rendered drawing that includes tones and values.  I like seeing an object or face slowly beginning to take shape in my sketchbook.  As a photographer, I enjoy the hunt for an interesting subject or composition.  As a woodworker, I enjoy the process of creating a useful object that previously only existed in my mind.  I love how the human mind and hands can work in concert together to bring new objects into the world.  Objects that can inspire others, improve lives through their use,  or simply provide comfort.

2. What do you feel is the most underrated artistic tool?  Kindness and sharing…Those two things may be the most underrated tools.  The willingness for someone to create something and then share it with others.  The willingness to donate your time or efforts to others.  Although, it’s artistic value may not be the first thing that comes to mind, I thing the inspiration that comes from such acts becomes someone else’s muse.  Fueling the drive to create new art and new inspiration.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award

Each of the blogs nominated below and the talented people behind them are deserving of your attention.  Please visit each of these blogs and see for yourselves.

  • WHEN DOGS GET WINGS – Alison is a talented artist.  Her main medium is graphite but, she usually adds a pop of color to her art using various mediums.  Her blog post are honest, witty and a joy to read.
  • Faithwaites –  Faithwaites is the blog of Cat Green and Jordan Spilman.  I originally started following Jordan on Instagram.  He is a talented artist in many respects.  He works primarily in pen and ink.  Their blog goes beyond their own work to include book reviews and guest artist interviews.
  • JAMES WALKER STUDIOS –  James is a talented photographer, artist, and skater.  His works are very creative and pull together multiple mediums to create unique pieces of art.
  • Steve Kidd Art –  Steve’s blog is full of wonderful art.  He works primarily in pen and ink and has a witty sense of humor.  Please check out his blog and leave a comment or two.
  • Licht Years –  Susan is a photographer with a wonderful eye for capturing warm and inviting photographs.  Her photography instantly creates an emotional response in the viewer.  Do yourself a favor and check out her work.

If nominated above please visit https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/ for the official rules.

My questions for the blogs I have nominated

  1. What influences, if any, has blogging (or the blogging community) had on your art?
  2. What is you favorite medium, genre, or subject as it applies to the art you create?

For more information about the Liebster Award please visit https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/.

Hooded Rick

This is a another portrait of Rick (inspiration via sktchy).  In this portrait Rick is wearing a hood with his face tilted down and eyes looking up.  It was a bit tricky getting the shadows correct due to the straight angle of the view and the fact that the light source was above Rick’s head.  His face is evenly lit and therefore doesn’t have a distinct highlighted or shadowed side.  Click here to see Rick’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

Sktchy-Hooded-Rick

Click here to see my other portrait of Rick.

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A Trip to the Antique Shop

On Christmas Eve we visited one of the local antique shops just to browse the items and enjoy some time out and about as a family.  To me, it’s always interesting to browse through any kind of antique or vintage items.  I think (particularly in the U.S.) we put too much value on new and shiny and in the process we fail to see the value of older goods.  I think each blemish, be it a scratch or well-worn area, tells a story and should be appreciated for the service or use that a particular item has provided.  Many times these items have many years of service remaining and can become a cherished possession.

I carried my camera with me as we walked through the store.  I was hoping to discover some unique items or photo compositions.  I did manage to get a few shots that I thought may be worth sharing.

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Key City (1 of 3)Key City (2 of 3)Key City (3 of 3)If you enjoyed this post, please visit the links below to see some of my other works.  Thanks.

 

 

 

 

Sabina’s Portrait

This is a portrait of Sabrina (inspiration via sktchy).  This inspiration photo was simply fun to draw.  Her make-up with the dark eyes and vintage dress set a mood to the drawing that I simply couldn’t resist.  Click here to see Sabrina’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

Sktchy-SabrinaIf you enjoyed this post, please visit the links below to see some of my other works.  Thanks.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Ascend.  My plan was to walk around town and photograph objects that ascended in some fashion.  Living in a small town my subjects are a bit limited but I managed to find a few things that fit the theme.

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Ascend (1 of 4)

Ascend (2 of 5)

Ascend (3 of 4)

Ascend (4 of 4)

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Skully

I’m not sure why I find sketching a human skull so intriguing…but I do.  I guess I simply find the shape and form fun to draw.  I enjoy shading the eye sockets and the sharp contrast of the skull against a dark background.

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Aisha’s Portrait

This is a portrait of Aisha (inspiration via sktchy).  What drew me to her photo was the high contrast of her illuminated face against her dark hair and an even darker background.  Her face is slightly angled upwards towards the light source and her expression seems delicate and vulnerable.  Click here to see Aisha’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

I started out by roughing in her eyes, nose, & mouth.  Then is was just a matter of working my way out from there.

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