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,…

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…

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…

Got that loose style? Not yet, but I’m working on it

Vera Sketch Featured Image

feeling like an old dog trying to learn a new trick I admit it, I'm envious of artists that are able to create expressive works of art.  The type of art that convinces the viewer that the lines, shapes, & colors just bled straight out of the artist soul and onto the canvas. Now, I…

Daily Sketching Update

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…

Pen & Ink Portrait of Ras

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…

Gorilla Sketch

Gorilla Featured Image

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…

Stong and Proud

Lion Sketch Featured Image

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…

Ford F100 Sketch

Ford F100 Featured Image

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…

Pen and Ink Pine Comb Sketch

Pine comb featured image

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…