Greetings, today I am sharing another portrait from my sketchbook. This was created in July of this year. I came across a photo of an older gentleman cupping his hand to his ear in an apparent effort to increase his ability to hear. I found the act and his facial expression to be so characteristic of an elderly gentleman. I can imagine that this is a scene that plays out over and over in his daily life.
I fully expect to one day be in the same situation, as a matter of fact, I am already guilty of this exact maneuver. Too much loud music in my youth… I imagine.
Progress shot with the outlined sketch and beginning stages of flushing out the face and form. This sketch was created using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead.
and now the completed sketch.
Recently, a spider constructed a magnificent site,
just outside of my studio window.
It undulates in the cool breeze,
it shimmers in the morning light.
It brings a smile to my face,
and a feeling of delight. – MDL
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 of my study blissfully sleeping away the hours.
This morning I thought I would share a sketch I created back in July. This was created using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead. I enjoy the simplicity of using a single pencil, never having to break concentration or rhythm to pick up a different pencil to vary the tones.
I would like to thank all of you for following along with me on this blog. I know that my posting frequency has been sporadic and there really hasn’t been any set schedule for regular post.
Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking of ways to improve the value of this blog for my followers. I would like to begin introducing content that goes beyond the sharing of my art. I am still trying to sort things out, so please be patient.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Cheers – Mike
I am remaining dedicated to my daily sketching routine. I believe I have been focusing on faces simply because it’s so easy to find reference images and the fact that it is somewhat familiar territory for me.
However, in the future, I would like to start sketching more from life. I typically work using a reference image. I think I need to begin sketching in nature or in public places in order to capture the environment I find myself in.
Of course, I think given my work hours and other weekday responsibilities this opportunity for Plein Air sketching would only present itself on the weekends.
I’m not making any promises I am only saying that this is something I am working towards and something that I need.
Anyway, enough rambling, time to get to the sketches!
I decided to try a new sketching tool this past week. I purchased a water brush and filled it with Higgins Eternal Ink. The ink is diluted with water to create a wash. This is a totally new tool for me. I think my ink to water ratio may need to be adjusted to create a more diluted effect.
The sketch below is my first attempt to use the ink wash. My original intention was to use a pen for the necessary linework only and then use the wash to convey all of the shadows. I quickly realized that this wasn’t going to work (at least not this time). So I began to build up the darker areas with hatching and then tried to soften those areas using the wash. It seems to me that I went a little overboard with the inks and ended up with a sketch that is dark and splotchy.