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 …

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 …

Tattoos and Artistic Freedom

When I finished this portrait..it just didn’t feel complete This portrait is based on a reference photo I saved over a year ago.  For some reason, I just kept on skipping over it when I would search my saved images for a photo reference. Then I began to have an interest in doing a sketch …

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 …

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 …

Stong and Proud

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 …

Chimpanzee Sketch

Another sketch from this week… this one was a real blast to create! My original intent was for this sketch to be created with pen and ink.  However, once I completed the pencil outline I was really liking the direction the sketch was taking.  So, I decided to stick with pencil and continue to develop …