Portrait on Toned Paper

I created this sketch portrait back in April, but, I never posted it here.  So…I thought, why not share it here as well! It’s Friday night in my little corner of the world.  I’m looking forward to a great weekend.  I hope everyone else is as well. Cheers, Mike  

An Honored Request

Recently, one of the readers of this blog requested a portrait from me.  The subject was his late father who past away earlier this year. The individual who made the request is a fellow blogger.  We originally started following one another due to our common interest in woodworking.  We quickly became good acquaintances via WordPress …

Back to Basics…

Just keeping it simple Just a fairly quick portrait I did a few nights ago.  For this one I went back to one of my smaller sketchbooks, this sketch is on 5.5″ x 8″ dotted paper.   The medium is graphite with just a touch of white gel pen to bring out the highlights on …

I Can See You…

Something a little different… This is a little different I guess, at least it’s not a full portrait. This sketch is based on a reference photo I found online.  I liked how the hand partially obstructed the face, the dark shadows added even more depth and mystery. I may continue with this theme and produce …

Imitation = Flattery, Right?

Drawn to Unique People… Whenever I go looking for an interesting face to draw, I seem to gravitate towards those individuals who exist on the outskirts of society.  I prefer to draw an individual whose face is unique, tells a story, or gives an indication of the life lived. This portrait, like all my works, …

Whitling down the Sktchy Queue

One down,  lots more to go… I am slowly working my way through my saved Sktchy references.  This particular reference has been in my queue for an extremely long time.  I’m glad I finally got around to creating this portrait. I think she has a unique look.  I liked the messy hair and the contrast …

Lost in Thought

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 …

Trying to loosen up

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 …

Laughter or Anquish?

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 …

Why So Serious?

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 …

Meet Charlie

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 …

Creature Feature

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 …