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"
Just a bit of sketchbook experimentation I have seen other artists create portraits using a 4 color Bic pen and I wanted to give a shot as well. It was a nice experience seeing some color on the page for a change. I have a bit of ink bleedthrough from some handwritten notes on the […]Read more "Trying out a 4 color Bic"
A had a little fun working in Procreate. This portrait was created on a gray background, I used simple strokes and crosshatching in both black and white to create the shadows and highlights. Its a simple technique that produces good results. So far, traditional (pen & paper) techniques have been a direct transfer to digital […]Read more "Fun with Procreate"
While walking Katie yesterday we passed by a newly installed barber poll. This little barbershop opened for business on our street a little over a month ago. He seems to be doing well so far. While walking past I noticed the fish-eyed reflection at the bottom of the poll. I pulled out my phone for […]Read more "Fish-Eyed Refection"
I have been wanting a sketchbook with black paper for a while. I finally purchased one in early January along with a 3 pack of white Sakura Gelly Roll pens in white. The pens came in 3 weights 10, 08, & 05. The portrait below was sketched with the 05 and 10 weight pens. The […]Read more "Chimpanzee Portrait"
A stroke of vibrant colors in the morning sky, I had to snap a photo to remember the site, What a welcoming start to the day.Read more "Morning Colors"
I follow a number of blogs and interests here on WordPress. Photographers, Artist, Writers…all of them are talented individuals that are putting their work out into the world for others to enjoy and perhaps gain some inspiration from. One of those fellow bloggers is photographer John Ames. I follow John’s blog Frog Pond Journal, the […]Read more "I Sketched a Portrait of Maine"