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 …

Procreate Portrait of Mr. Pegg

I’m really starting to get comfortable with Procreate… This is Simon Pegg, English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.  I came across a wonderful photo of him that I found intriguing.  I decided to create his portrait digitally using Procreate. I apologize but I do not know the name of the photographer.  So I am unable to provide …

Sunday Snap 05.05.19

Rusty Wind Chimes on a Rainy Sunday Morning… A quick shot from my humble abode this rainy morning.  The air is still and the chimes lay dormant waiting on a gentle breeze to stir them into singing once again. Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike  

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, …

More Fun with Procreate

and what fun it is… This is Jonathon, he is another face from my Sktchy Queue. Jonothan has been in my queue for a very long time.  He’s been waiting on me to purchase some black paper so I can create a proper sketch of this wonderful inspiration photo.  I still haven’t purchased any black …

Sunday Snap 04.28.19

Unexpected Magic During The Morning Commute… As I’ve mentioned before I live in a rural area in the Foothills of northwestern North Carolina.  Each weekday I commute about 35 miles south to a nearby town for work.  The drive takes about 40 minutes and takes me through mostly rural farmland. As commutes go, I consider …

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 …

Southport Waterfront

As I mentioned in my last Sunday Snap post, we recently returned from a trip to Southport, NC.  This is a charming seaside town with good photo opportunities.  During this past trip, we walked along the waterfront near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and I took the opportunity to snap a few photos. …

Going Digital?

Thoughts on something new and exciting! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough for my employer to provide me with a new iPad and Apple Pencil.  I call already see the benefits of such a device in the workplace, but, I had to ask myself, why place limitations?  These newly acquired accouterments of the …

Sunday Snap 04.21.19

Southport Bench Warmer… We recently spent a few days in one of my favorite seaside towns, Southport, NC. Southport is a charming community located in the extreme southeast corner of North Carolina.  The town has a lot of history and has appeared in many television and film productions.  We try to visit every spring.  The …

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 …

Sunday Snap 04.14.19

Rainy morning with a bit of rambling… This morning is starting out lazy and peaceful.  I am content as I sit in the room I use as a studio space/study.  Outside the rain is really coming down.  Today’s forecast calls for a significant chance of thunderstorms.  I’m hoping we get at least one good storm …

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 …