Portrait on Toned Paper

I created this sketch portrait back in April, but, I never posted it here.  So…I thought, why not share it here as well! It’s Friday night in my little corner of the world.  I’m looking forward to a great weekend.  I hope everyone else is as well. Cheers, Mike  

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 …

Back to Basics…

Just keeping it simple Just a fairly quick portrait I did a few nights ago.  For this one I went back to one of my smaller sketchbooks, this sketch is on 5.5″ x 8″ dotted paper.   The medium is graphite with just a touch of white gel pen to bring out the highlights on …

I Can See You…

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 …

Laughter or Anquish?

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 …

Meet Charlie

There’s nothing like good company… As promised in my previous post, I would like to introduce Charlie. Like many of my recent sketch subjects, I met Charlie on Pinterest.  At first, I didn’t realize he had a name at all, but, the more time I spent with him, a persona started to emerge or was …

Creature Feature

I’ve been drawing the creepy’s again So, yeah, I’ve drawing the creepy stuff again.  Just to draw something a bit out of the norm.  I’m not even sure what this guy is supposed to be…a vampire, I guess. He appears to be a little aggressive, even angry, but this guy is a picture of health …

Sinister Monkey?

I just couldn’t resist sketching this guy So, one of the blogs I follow posted a photo of this monkey with a subtle, yet unusual, expression recently. The monkey’s expression had a slight “I’m going to take over the world” look and I knew I wanted to capture his expression in a sketch.  So, I …

One Eyed Zombie

It’s getting a little creepy around here I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I get it.  But, sometimes I just need a break from the norm and want to draw something that’s a little on the creepy side. It’s funny, I’m not a horror fan, I don’t like horror movies or mindless …