Gorilla Portrait

Another primate portrait.  I really enjoy drawing primates, it seems there is so much thought and emotion behind their eyes.  I also find the wrinkles and patterns of their faces interesting to draw. This portrait was finished just a few days ago.  It was created in my sketchbook using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2B…

The look of determination

Another older gentleman with an expression that I could pass up. I do enjoy sketching the older faces.  There's just so much life written into their skin.  This man's expression seems to convey concentration and pure determination. Based, on his expression I don't believe I would want to get in his way.     Thanks…

Come again?

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…

Silent Peaceful Solitude

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…

Happy Monday

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…

Back at it

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…

An Honored Request

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…

I Can See You…

I can see you featured image

Something a little different... This is a little different I guess, at least it's not a full portrait. This sketch is based on a reference photo I found online.  I liked how the hand partially obstructed the face, the dark shadows added even more depth and mystery. I may continue with this theme and produce…

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…

Laughter or Anquish?

Old Man Sketch Featured Image

It's supposed to be laughter... I feel that I missed fully coveying this gentleman's laughter.  Somehow I have rendered him somewhere between laughter and anguish.  The reference photo clearly conveys laughter, so, I do apologize for failing to convey this gentleman's full emotion. None the less, this was a fun sketch.  The photo reference I…