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Lion Sketch Featured Image

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 pencils.

I have noticed that my choice of media tends to fluctuate between graphite and ink.  Currently, I seem to be in a graphite mood.  Sometimes I just simply enjoy the additional tones that can be achieved with graphite vs. ink.

Truthfully, I don’t know if my next sketch will be with graphite or ink.  I usually don’t decide until after to underdrawing is complete whether I will switch over to ink pens or continue using pencils.  It’s just whatever strikes me at the time.

This sketch was created using 2H, 4B, 6B, & a Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

Lyon Sketch

Of all animals, the outward form of the Lion is the most striking ; his look is bold and confident; his gait proud; and his voice terrible ; and from his great strength and agility, is usually styled the king of beasts.

WILLIAM PINNOCK

Thanks for visiting!

Mike L.

Chimpanzee Sketch

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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 the sketch.

This sketch was created using 6H, 4B, 9xxB, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, kneaded eraser, & a white Gelly Roll pen for eye highlights.

chimpanzee sketch

Thanks for visiting!

Mike L.

Graphite Drawing – Out to Pasture

"Out to Pasture" progress photo
"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.