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…

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…

Trying to loosen up

William Featured Image

Experimentation... This is William, I found him on Sktchy. With this sketch, I simply wanted to loosen up a bit, not be so rigid, and try to let myself go and have a little fun with the sketch.  I'm not sure that I achieved the look I wanted, but, any attempt is better than no…

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…

Why So Serious?

Joker Featured Image

I'm Just Joking Around So, I have seen a lot of really impressive art based on Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker character from Batman in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight.  Mr. Legder's portrayal of the Joker is considered one of the best performances of his unfortunately short career. I decided to give the…