More Sktchy Inspired Goodness Good morning, today’s post is a graphite portrait of a gentleman that I found on Sktchy. I have had this guy in my queue of saved inspiration photos for a few months so, I finally got around to sketching his portrait. I intentionally used cross-hatching to indicate areas of shadow with […]Read more "Lost in Thought"
feeling like an old dog trying to learn a new trick I admit it, I’m envious of artists that are able to create expressive works of art. The type of art that convinces the viewer that the lines, shapes, & colors just bled straight out of the artist soul and onto the canvas. Now, I […]Read more "Got that loose style? Not yet, but I’m working on it"
Experimentation… This is William, I found him on Sktchy. With this sketch, I simply wanted to loosen up a bit, not be so rigid, and try to let myself go and have a little fun with the sketch. I’m not sure that I achieved the look I wanted, but, any attempt is better than no […]Read more "Trying to loosen up"
It’s supposed to be laughter… I feel that I missed fully coveying this gentleman’s laughter. Somehow I have rendered him somewhere between laughter and anguish. The reference photo clearly conveys laughter, so, I do apologize for failing to convey this gentleman’s full emotion. None the less, this was a fun sketch. The photo reference I […]Read more "Laughter or Anquish?"
I’m Just Joking Around So, I have seen a lot of really impressive art based on Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker character from Batman in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight. Mr. Legder’s portrayal of the Joker is considered one of the best performances of his unfortunately short career. I decided to give the […]Read more "Why So Serious?"
There’s nothing like good company… As promised in my previous post, I would like to introduce Charlie. Like many of my recent sketch subjects, I met Charlie on Pinterest. At first, I didn’t realize he had a name at all, but, the more time I spent with him, a persona started to emerge or was […]Read more "Meet Charlie"
I’ve been drawing the creepy’s again So, yeah, I’ve drawing the creepy stuff again. Just to draw something a bit out of the norm. I’m not even sure what this guy is supposed to be…a vampire, I guess. He appears to be a little aggressive, even angry, but this guy is a picture of health […]Read more "Creature Feature"
This past week was a good week for sketching. I’m still making good use of my morning’s and putting marks on paper. Starting the day with such a focused activity seems to “jump start” my creativity and center my mind. I have been trying to loosen my sketching “style “. Style may be a strong […]Read more "The Morning Marks Continue"
I just couldn’t resist sketching this guy So, one of the blogs I follow posted a photo of this monkey with a subtle, yet unusual, expression recently. The monkey’s expression had a slight “I’m going to take over the world” look and I knew I wanted to capture his expression in a sketch. So, I […]Read more "Sinister Monkey?"
When I finished this portrait..it just didn’t feel complete This portrait is based on a reference photo I saved over a year ago. For some reason, I just kept on skipping over it when I would search my saved images for a photo reference. Then I began to have an interest in doing a sketch […]Read more "Tattoos and Artistic Freedom"
It’s getting a little creepy around here I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I get it. But, sometimes I just need a break from the norm and want to draw something that’s a little on the creepy side. It’s funny, I’m not a horror fan, I don’t like horror movies or mindless […]Read more "One Eyed Zombie"
I’m continuing to sketch each morning…and sometimes evenings too! I am thankful that I have pickup up my pens and pencils and began making marks again. There is something about this nearly meditative activity that I find so relaxing. Once I get into the “flow state” time seems to pass unnoticed, my mind releases any […]Read more "Daily Sketching Update"
The inspiration for this portrait came from the iOS app Sktchy. I was drawn to his overall look, the short dreadlocks, glasses, and facial hair, etc. I tried to keep the sketch fairly loose and have fun with it. Have a great day, Mike This sketch was created using Micron 005, Micron Brush Pen, Gelly […]Read more "Pen & Ink Portrait of Ras"
Back to pen & ink for this one. I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but…I’m not sure if that’s what I ended with? I just don’t feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to. Something seems a little off to me. Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a […]Read more "Gorilla Sketch"
I’m continuing to sketch daily, my mornings this past week were spent working on this lion portrait. I used a reference photo from Pixabay, I was drawn to the confidence and strength that could be sensed in this lion’s gaze. I began with a light pencil underdrawing and then continued to develop this sketch using […]Read more "Stong and Proud"