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"
“I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.” – Lauren KateRead more "Reflection and Inspiration"
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"
Recently, one of the readers of this blog requested a portrait from me. The subject was his late father who past away earlier this year. The individual who made the request is a fellow blogger. We originally started following one another due to our common interest in woodworking. We quickly became good acquaintances via WordPress […]Read more "An Honored Request"
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"
Waterlogged Blossoms In my neck of the woods, we are in our third day of heavy to moderate rainfall. I believe this rose bush in my backyard has absorbed nearly all the water she can hold. Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – MikeRead more "Sunday Snap 06.09.19"
Pen & Ink Style with Procreate? I’ve been wanting to explore the inking brushes in Procreate, in particular, I have been wanting to create a drawing with the Ink Bleed Brush. I have seen others use the Ink Bleed Brush within Procreate to create some very cool art. I have been wanting to create a […]Read more "Bleeding Ink & Negative Space"
Bushy-Tailed-Rail-Runner I caught this guy lounging on the backyard deck just a few moments ago. I attempted to join him but he wasn’t having it! He promptly ran off to the security of a nearby tree… Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – MikeRead more "Sunday Snap 06.02.19"
Keeping it quick & loose This sketch was inspired by a Lee Jeffries portrait. I am a big fan of his work. I find his images so raw and powerful. I just can’t resist sketching them! The goal with this sketch was just to keep it simple, try to capture the main features of the […]Read more "Trying to let go and just have fun"
Thank you, Tarana for the inspiration. This is Tarana, I found her inspiration photo on the app Sktchy. Her unique look and bold ear jewelry caught my eye. This sketch was created in Procreate. I’m really enjoying sketching digitally, but, I’m going to have to force myself to put it down and spend some time […]Read more "Tarana, Inspiration via Sktchy"
Backyard Visitors… This morning I hosted a trio of visitors in my backyard. I noticed them as I was pouring my coffee. I grabbed my camera and snuck out the front door, carefully making my way towards the backyard. I didn’t want to startle my unexpected visitors. I shot these photos at a distance, the […]Read more "Sunday Snap 05.26.19"
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…"
Another Lee Jeffries inspired portrait Continuing with the theme of my last portrait, here is another portrait featuring hands on the subject’s face. This was drawn in Procreate and is based in a photograph by Lee Jeffries. I took a slightly different approach to the finished portrait this time by adding a touch of color. […]Read more "More Procreate!"