I started this drawing in December of last year. I steadily worked on it until it was around 85% complete. Then, I let self-doubt take over and I almost didn’t finish it. Click the link to see the finished piece.
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.
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.
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.
That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north. The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.
A pen and ink sketch of a Chimpanzee for the July Pen and Ink Challenge hosted at http://www.wetcanvas.com
Below is a very recent pen and ink drawing. As always this is from my sketchbook.
More photos from my drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Over the weekend me and a fellow photographer visited the Blue Ridge Parkway with camera’s in hand to capture anything of interest. Our first stop was Doughton Park. While there … Continue reading Nature Photography – Wild Flowers
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.
A few nights ago I met up with a fellow photographer and good friend to do a bit of urban exploration in our small downtown environment.
Custom “Hot Rod” shop has an illuminating street presence.
I created this drawing for the April pen and ink challenge hosted at wetcanvas.com. They are a wonderful group of like minded people. If you have an interest in any type of art you should check them out.
A photo of a deserted downtown alley
A shot of Main Street at dusk
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.