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,…

More Fun with Procreate

Jonathon Featured Image

and what fun it is... This is Jonathon, he is another face from my Sktchy Queue. Jonothan has been in my queue for a very long time.  He's been waiting on me to purchase some black paper so I can create a proper sketch of this wonderful inspiration photo.  I still haven't purchased any black…

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…

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…

Tattoos and Artistic Freedom

Tattooed Girl Featured Image

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…

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…

Pen & Ink Portrait of Ras

The inspiration for this portrait came from the iOS app Sktchy.  I was drawn to his overall look, the short dreadlocks, glasses, and facial hair, etc. I tried to keep the sketch fairly loose and have fun with it. Have a great day, Mike This sketch was created using Micron 005, Micron Brush Pen, Gelly…

Gorilla Sketch

Gorilla Featured Image

Back to pen & ink for this one.  I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but...I'm not sure if that's what I ended with? I just don't feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to.  Something seems a little off to me.  Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a…

Stong and Proud

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…

More faces from last week’s sketches

I am remaining dedicated to my daily sketching routine.  I believe I have been focusing on faces simply because it's so easy to find reference images and the fact that it is somewhat familiar territory for me. However, in the future, I would like to start sketching more from life.  I typically work using a…

Pen and Ink Portraits

A few more sketches! The portraits below were sketched this past weekend.  You will find that these are not as carefully drawn as some of my previous work.  Truth is, all 3 were rushed just a bit.  I'm not sure why I think it may be somewhat due to being created on a weekend and…