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

 

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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

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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Ale’s Portrait

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This is Ale, I found inspiration for this portrait on Sktchy.  This sketch was created using Micron pens, Copic markers, and white colored pencil on toned paper.  The bulk of the work was done with Micron pens.  I used Copic markers for the background, hat, and shadow on his neck and clothing.  A white colored pencil was used on the highlighted areas of his face and clothing.

I was drawn to his photo because of the dramatic lighting and strong contrasting shadows.  There are a few elements within the sketch that I am not completely satisfied with but I like to challenge myself and I think a person grows when they attempt things that may be slightly beyond their skill level.  You have to keep trying to improve.

I think I will put my pens away for a short time and pick up my pencils again.  I am missing the subtle tones and transitions that can be achieved with graphite.  I may bounce back and forth between the two mediums for a while.  I don’t want to loose the ink skills I gained by participating in Inktober.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope you like this sketch.

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Sktchy Portrait #4

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I’ve been doing pen and ink exclusively since the beginning of Inktober.  This morning I really wanted to sketch with graphite.  So, I found some inspiration on Sktchy and started making marks on the page.  This is what I ended up with.  The sketch was created using a range of graphite pencils from 2H up to 8B.  I used a white Prismacolor pencil for the highlights.

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Sktchy Portrait #3

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I’m still enjoying this app,  below is my latest sketch.  I was a touch disappointed with this one.  Something seems off but I can’t quite figure out what.  Perhaps it was rushed a bit.  I think the hair and the beard should have been rendered with more care.

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This time I thought I would also provide a photo of the graphite under-drawing that I typically produce for an ink portrait.  For this particular sketch I did get a bit carried away with the under-drawing and produced more of a finished sketch than I typically would.  For this piece I almost prefer the graphite version over the ink.  My usual process is to do a fairly detailed graphite sketch including the shading and then ink over the top of it.

You will notice in the sketch below that I have not placed any shading within the iris of the eyes.  This sketch was created using an 0.5mm mechanical pencil.

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I’m curious to know what you guys think.  Which do you prefer, the finished ink sketch or the rougher graphite sketch?  Please let me know in the comments.

Portrait Sketch (via Sktchy)

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So a few days ago I posted a portrait sketch and wrote about the app Sktchy.  I am still enjoy the app and I am beginning to build up a collection of inspiration photos in my queue.  Below is my latest sketch (via Sktchy).

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I’ve got to say this guy was a blast to draw.  The facial expression was too good to pass up.  I struggled a bit with the beard, and there’s a lot of it!  I nearly ruined the sketch with a miserable attempt to add his hair to the sketch.  In the end I had no choice but to cover it up with black ink but, I think the sketch still works.