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 […]Read more "Reality & Tactile Feedback"
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 […]Read more "Back to Basics…"
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 […]Read more "I Can See You…"
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, […]Read more "Imitation = Flattery, Right?"
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 […]Read more "Whitling down the Sktchy Queue"
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"