If you have been a reader of my blog since I began my journey into sketching, you may remember that I have struggled with trying to achieve a looser sketch style. In the past I have obsessed with accuracy and trying my best to achieve realistic results. This inner expectation of realistically rendered sketches has […]Read more "Be a happy artist"
Below are a couple of sketched studies that I did recently. The first one is white pencil on black paper. Using a reference photo I found online I was trying to simply capture the light that was falling across the subjects face and fingers. The eyes and most of the face in the reference were […]Read more "A couple of pencil studies"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
Pure Joy…That’s how I would describe this man’s expression.Read more "A purely joyful expression"
Another primate portrait. I really enjoy drawing primates, it seems there is so much thought and emotion behind their eyes. I also find the wrinkles and patterns of their faces interesting to draw. This portrait was finished just a few days ago. It was created in my sketchbook using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2B […]Read more "Gorilla Portrait"
Another older gentleman with an expression that I could pass up. I do enjoy sketching the older faces. There’s just so much life written into their skin. This man’s expression seems to convey concentration and pure determination. Based, on his expression I don’t believe I would want to get in his way. Thanks […]Read more "The look of determination"
Greetings, today I am sharing another portrait from my sketchbook. This was created in July of this year. I came across a photo of an older gentleman cupping his hand to his ear in an apparent effort to increase his ability to hear. I found the act and his facial expression to be so characteristic […]Read more "Come again?"
Good morning all. I am the only one stirring so far this morning. I enjoy the peaceful reassuring silence of the house on these early weekend mornings. I do, however, share the silence with our loyal 4 legged girl, Katie. She is old, quiet, and all so content, to simply be. Laying on the floor […]Read more "Silent Peaceful Solitude"
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, MikeRead more "Portrait on Toned Paper"
Hello everyone, It’s a new week, full of opportunity. Below is a sketch that I created back in June. This was created using a reference photo, unfortunately, I do not know the name of the photographer in order to give proper credit. This man’s face spoke of joy, experience, and even though he obviously has […]Read more "Happy Monday"
Hello all, I’m have returned from my self-imposed leave. After the passing of my father I just needed to take some time to regroup and recenter. I’m truly grateful for your patience as I transitioned through this season in my life. I’m currently sitting in my home office/studio space. The house is quiet as my […]Read more "Back at it"