Graphite Drawing – Human Skull

Graphite pencil drawing of a human skull
Graphite pencil drawing of a human skull I created for a class assignment.

This is a drawing of a human skull that I created from a photo reference.  This drawing was done as part of an assignment for a beginner drawing class I took last year.  The class was offered through my local art gallery.

You can obviously see the grid lines that I drew to help me get the proportions correct.  These types of lines would normally be erased.  However, on this particular drawing I decided to let them remain.  To me, they keep the drawing honest and help to document my learning process.

Prior to October of 2016 I had not pursued my interest in drawing and sketching other than occasionally checking out a book or two from the library or surfing the web for pencil art and tutorials.  I have had a strong interest in drawing since my childhood but I had not taken any art classes since my junior year of high school.  When I noticed the art gallery was offering a beginner drawing class I decided I would give it a shot.

Looking back on it now, even though it’s been less than a year.  That small decision to pursue an interest has impacted my daily life.  Even though I do not always have the time to create a sketch or slow down to spend time working on a drawing, the interest and desire is always there.  It has added a creative outlet to my life that I am thankful to have.

 

Travel Photography – House Creek at Cherry Grove Beach, SC

House-Creek-View
This is a view of the House Creek marsh from our Balcony.

This is the first visit to Cherry Grove Beach for me and my family.  We are here for vacation and have enjoyed getting away and slowing down the pace of life for a few days.  Our hotel fronts on the Atlantic Ocean but has a wonderful view of a tidal marsh area behind the hotel.  This tidal waterway is named House Creek.  It plays host to water fowl and a variety of other wild life.  The creek is never the same twice since it’s water level is constantly changing with the flow of the tides.

Crane-low-tide
A crane stands on the exposed land at low tide.

I went to the marsh just after sunrise hoping to get some photos in the early morning light.  I did manage to find some wild life to photograph but I did not find the early morning landscape photo I was hoping for.  Still this was a successful outing simply because I was able to experience a new place and had photography opportunities that I do not have at home.

House-Creek-Water-Fowl
Water fowl taking flight at House Creek

That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north.  The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.

Distant-Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms build in the distance. Photo taken from our hotel balcony.

Pen and Ink Drawing – Lower Bridal Falls

This is from my current sketchbook.  It is a pen and ink sketch that I created for the May pen and ink challenge at wetcanvas.com  I generally try to participate in these challenges each month.

Each month a group of photos from the wetcanvas reference library are selected to be used as photo references for the challenge.  Participant’s can select any or all of the photos that they would like to sketch. There isn’t any hint of competition the challenge is simply a way to motivate and encourage those who would like to participate.  It is open to anyone from absolute beginners to seasoned artist.

Pen and ink drawing of lower bridal falls
Pen and ink drawing of lower bridal falls that was created for the May pen and ink challenge hosted on http://www.wetcanvas.com

Travel Photography – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Last June we vacationed at Carolina Beach, NC.  I headed out early one more to capture images of the Boardwalk before it became crowded with tourists.  As I look at these images I notice a lot of things I would have done differently if I was to shoot this location again.  I think I would like to go back and shoot this at night with the crowds, lighting, and motion. At night this location comes alive with many activities.  I think it would make for much more interesting photos.  Perhaps I’ll get an opportunity to do this before summer is over.

Bumper cars at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Calm before the storm? Bumper cars carefully lined up from the night before waiting on the chaos that is sure to come.
Marquee at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk marquee on this colorful building at Carolina Beach.
Carousel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This empty carousel patiently waits on the masses of people that will soon arrive.
Shops at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Colorful shops along the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, NC
Skywheel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This colorful Skywheel will soon be filled with thrill seekers at Carolina Beach Boardwalk