Aisha’s Portrait

This is a portrait of Aisha (inspiration via sktchy).  What drew me to her photo was the high contrast of her illuminated face against her dark hair and an even darker background.  Her face is slightly angled upwards towards the light source and her expression seems delicate and vulnerable.  Click here to see Aisha’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

I started out by roughing in her eyes, nose, & mouth.  Then is was just a matter of working my way out from there.

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Bearded Thomas

This is Thomas, I found his inspiration photo on Sktchy.  What struck about his photo was the angle from which is was shot.  The camera view is slightly below his face and the angle is such that you can just see his left eye beyond the bridge of his nose.

I started this sketch by locating the eyes and nose and then worked my way out.  Once I  had lightly sketched his entire face and felt like the eyes and nose were well established.  I moved up to the hair and worked my way diagonally across the paper from left to right finishing with the beard.  I am right handed and working in this direction I reduce the risk of smudging finished areas.

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Steampunk Rick

This graphite portrait of Rick was a challenge and a lot of fun to draw.  I started the sketch by roughing in the goggles and then working my way out once I felt that I had the general location and angle of each lens mapped out.  Of course the inspiration photo for this sketch was found on Sktchy.  This guy’s mug is all over sktchy.  His inspiration photos are unique and he simply has a cool look.  I will be sketching him again.  There’s no shortage of inspiration, he has over 450 photos in his gallery alone!

 

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Sktchy Portrait #4

I’ve been doing pen and ink exclusively since the beginning of Inktober.  This morning I really wanted to sketch with graphite.  So, I found some inspiration on Sktchy and started making marks on the page.  This is what I ended up with.  The sketch was created using a range of graphite pencils from 2H up to 8B.  I used a white Prismacolor pencil for the highlights.

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Graphite Drawing – Out to Pasture

"Out to Pasture" completed drawing.
The completed drawing. 10″ x 14″

I started this graphite drawing in December of last year.  I steadily worked on it until it was around 85% complete.  Then, doubt entered into my mind.  I didn’t think I had the skill level necessary to complete the work.  So for months this drawing laid in my drawer waiting for me to find the confidence to finish it.  Last week I decided I had procrastinated enough!  So I pulled it out, dusted it off, and got back to work.

Now I have a completed piece!  The sad part is I allowed doubt to sabotage my progress and hold me back.  Sometimes it’s best to charge ahead. You may surprise yourself, you may be more capable than you think, or maybe learning comes from the experience of doing.

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Enlarged view

This drawing was created using a photo reference from pixabay.com 

Graphite Drawing – Human Skull

Graphite pencil drawing of a human skull
Graphite pencil drawing of a human skull I created for a class assignment.

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.