Reality & Tactile Feedback

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Back to the Real Feel... Lately, I have been spending a good amount of time creating digital sketches with my iPad.  I really like the convenience and tons of media options. However, I was missing the sound of marks on paper, creating with real tools, and the lack of an undo button. I haven't created…

Pen & Ink Portrait of Ras

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…

Gorilla Sketch

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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…

Hornet Sketch

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Another page from my sketchbook. My sketching habit is becoming more integrated into my daily routine.  Quite often I not only sketch in the early morning hours but try to sneak a little time in the evenings as well. Putting the pen or pencil to paper is such a therapeutic experience.  It's so calming for…

Creature Sketch – Cave Troll

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A little something different went into my sketchbook this week. A creature. This one, in particular, is based on a cave troll from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.  You can view the actual scene here if interested. This cave troll was a blast to create.  I spent a bit more time on this…

More faces from last week’s sketches

I am remaining dedicated to my daily sketching routine.  I believe I have been focusing on faces simply because it's so easy to find reference images and the fact that it is somewhat familiar territory for me. However, in the future, I would like to start sketching more from life.  I typically work using a…

Pen and Ink Portraits

A few more sketches! The portraits below were sketched this past weekend.  You will find that these are not as carefully drawn as some of my previous work.  Truth is, all 3 were rushed just a bit.  I'm not sure why I think it may be somewhat due to being created on a weekend and…

Pen and Ink Pine Comb Sketch

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This is another drawing from my morning sketch practice.  This time I chose to create a sketch of a pine comb using a photo reference. I am certainly enjoying my new found dedication to sketching.  It is amazing how much calmer and focused my mornings are now that I have began sketching again. Once I…

Asian Inspired Dragon

Another page from my sketchbook.  This sketch was completed over 3 different sessions of around 45 minutes each.  Since this is in my sketchbook, I just dove right in with ink, no pencil under-drawing. This sketch was based on a photo of a statue, so it comes off a bit cold.  I still need to…