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"
More marks on the page… The subject of this sketch was previously featured as a photography post. Some of you may remember The Green and Grungy Monster that I published a few months ago. At the time of posting the original photography, one of my longtime followers suggested that it would make a good drawing and […]Read more "Ford F100 Sketch"
Another sketch from this week… this one was a real blast to create! My original intent was for this sketch to be created with pen and ink. However, once I completed the pencil outline I was really liking the direction the sketch was taking. So, I decided to stick with pencil and continue to develop […]Read more "Chimpanzee Sketch"
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 […]Read more "Hornet Sketch"
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 […]Read more "Creature Sketch – Cave Troll"
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 […]Read more "More faces from last week’s sketches"
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 […]Read more "Pen and Ink Portraits"
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 […]Read more "Pen and Ink Pine Comb Sketch"
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 […]Read more "Asian Inspired Dragon"