Tarana, Inspiration via Sktchy

Thank you, Tarana for the inspiration.

This is Tarana,  I found her inspiration photo on the app Sktchy.  Her unique look and bold ear jewelry caught my eye.

This sketch was created in Procreate.  I’m really enjoying sketching digitally, but, I’m going to have to force myself to put it down and spend some time with my traditional sketchbook and pencils.

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The image below actually shows the completed sketch.  I brought forward the blue undersketch and added blue highlights to her face.  I am not sure if I like this version or the plain version above best, so I thought I would post both.

What about you, which do you prefer?

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting – Mike

More Fun with Procreate

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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 paper…but, if I sketch him digitally, I don’t have to.

I’ve been itching to create another digital portrait so, I thought this would be a great opportunity to capitalize on the ability to choose the background and media color.

This sketch was created in Procreate using the 6B pencil brush.  I kept this sketch simple, more keeping with my usual style.

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Thank for stopping by, I hope you have a great week – Mike

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 of light and shadow.  This one was a blast to create and actually went fairly quickly.

Medium is graphite, powdered charcoal, & white ink on toned tan paper.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day! – Mike

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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 minimal use of a white colored pencil to bring out the brightest highlights.  I used powdered charcoal to create the background.  This portrait is on Strathmore Toned Tan paper.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day! – Mike

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Got that loose style? Not yet, but I’m working on it

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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 realize, from the artist point of view, that just doesn’t happen.  It takes a lot of time and work to develop the required skills.  I am trying to get there.  Half the battle for me is just letting go and allowing myself to relax and go with the flow.

Perhaps it’s just me, but, I think some of my work comes across a little rigid.  I really work at trying to produce the most realistic drawings that my current skill set will allow.  Sometimes that hyper-focused, narrow-minded, mindset can take over and crush any creative expression that may be lying just below the surface, waiting to spring forth.

So, for the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to loosen up, and to be honest, it’s freakishly difficult.  I will work towards rendering a realistic drawing.  I will get certain areas rendered to a level that is acceptable to me.  Then I think “Ok, that’s great, now what?”  Then comes the hard part.  Trying to figure out how to blend or fade the realistic portions into a loose, seemingly unplanned, somewhat chaotic background.  That’s when I become really unsure of myself and how to proceed.

But, I am working on it.  I seem to feel a little freer each time I attempt this. I think if I continue in this direction I will eventually discover a more confident and expressive artist.  Which, of course, is the goal.

Thanks for putting up with my rambling words.  Now, I will get on with showing you my latest portrait.


This is Vera, from Sktchy

I have been moving back towards toned paper lately, so, I was searching for a reference image with a lot of strong contrast. I like using toned paper so I can bring out the highlights, as well as, the shadows.

This image on Sktchy checked all the boxes. The image had a strong amount of contrast and harsh lighting.

I focused most of my effort on her face and hand and then let the drawing become more sketch-like as I worked my way out.

I used a charcoal pencil and brush applied charcoal powder for the background. I think there may be too much contrast between charcoal and graphite. In the future, I may try to stay with graphite for the background.

I have also been considering other mediums altogether but, really haven’t zeroed in on anything yet.

As always, a sincere thank you for viewing my work, I hope you have a great day. – Mike

Trying to loosen up

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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 attempt at all.

I really want to get to the point where I am able to convey movement and energy within a sketch.  I am trying to work towards a more interpretive result rather than a strict attempt to copy only what the eye physically sees.  I want to be able to produce art that  conveys artistic expression as well.

So, please bear with me…I may experience some growing pains along the way, but, it should be fun!

This sketch was created on 9″x12″ Strathmore Toned Tan paper using 2H, HB, 6B, white colored pencil, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

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Thanks for viewing my work, I hope you have a great day! – Mike

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

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This sketch was created using Micron 005, Micron Brush Pen, Gelly Roll 08, & a bit of ink wash.

A Portrait of Mlle

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The inspiration for this portrait was found via the app sktchy.  I was drawn to Mlle’s photo due to the unusual angle of the pose.  The photo was taken with the camera well below her face, so much so, that her chin and neck where prominently displayed in the foreground of the photo.  Her head was turned so that only her left eye was visible to the camera, this restricted the main features of her face to a profile view only.

The angle and perspective was a bit tricky to work out.  It’s not perfect but, it is acceptable for a sketch.  I encourage you to check out her inspiration photo, I have provided a link below.

Click here to see Mlle’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

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Ben’s Portrait

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The portrait of Ben was inspired via the app sktchy.  I am still enjoying using this app for the vast amount of inspiration photos as well as the community that it provides.  Even if you aren’t an artist you can still upload inspiration photos and allow artist to create works based on your inspiration.  It’s a very cool concept.  Click here to see Ben’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

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Hooded Rick

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This is a another portrait of Rick (inspiration via sktchy).  In this portrait Rick is wearing a hood with his face tilted down and eyes looking up.  It was a bit tricky getting the shadows correct due to the straight angle of the view and the fact that the light source was above Rick’s head.  His face is evenly lit and therefore doesn’t have a distinct highlighted or shadowed side.  Click here to see Rick’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

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Click here to see my other portrait of Rick.

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Sabina’s Portrait

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This is a portrait of Sabrina (inspiration via sktchy).  This inspiration photo was simply fun to draw.  Her make-up with the dark eyes and vintage dress set a mood to the drawing that I simply couldn’t resist.  Click here to see Sabrina’s inspiration photo on Sktchy.

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Skully

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I’m not sure why I find sketching a human skull so intriguing…but I do.  I guess I simply find the shape and form fun to draw.  I enjoy shading the eye sockets and the sharp contrast of the skull against a dark background.

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Aisha’s Portrait

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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

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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

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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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