Mustachioed Man

Usually I sit off to the side of my subject when I sketch. I was face-to-face with the gentleman whose portrait I sketched for this post. I was careful not to stare. This technique required me to glance up, memorize features, sketch, and peek again for a reality check.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink - Mustachioed Man with Inset

Mustachioed Man
8.5″X5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

The inset is a pencil sketch from the reverse side of this pencil, pen and ink drawing.

Tinted Parking Lot

I had meal break while it was still light out the other day. I used my pencil sketch, ink and watercolor post production technique to render the vista I enjoyed while eating my lunch. The watercolors were not to my liking, so I ran the paper under the faucet (with the water turned on) to un-watercolor it.  I like the faded results.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink, Watercolor - Tinted Parking Lot

Tinted Parking Lot
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

Storefront at Night

I began with pencil, inked the main lines and added color to finish the sketch. The most satisfying part of this process occurred when I drew the framework. In this composition. the framework was the structure holding up the windows that formed the storefront. As I sketched the contents within the store, I experienced the sense of space on my 2-dimensional paper.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink, Watercolor - Storefront at Night

Storefront at Night
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

Man with the Arms

I found a process I like for sketching people. I use pencil first… not even a drawing pencil. I use a mechanical pencil with soft lead. As my subject shifts, I sketch the limbs in their changed position. Sometimes this happens several times.  I use pen and ink to emphasize the strong lines and leave the pencil tracings and smudges. I leave my options open to clean up the composition and perhaps even add some color at some later time.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink - Man with the Arms

Man with the Arms
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

Portrait in Motion

Don’t you just hate it when the subject you are sketching, switches positions? My subject below was very fidgety. He moved to different positions. I did my best to keep up.

Sketch: Pencil, Pen and Ink - Fidgety Man 021518

Fidgety Man
5.5″x8″ 138# Mix Media Paper

Sidewalk Abstract

The color of the sidewalk is what struck me about this street-level design. I’m sure the pinkness is the original color, not a faded red. But it has a washed-out look to it, and yet the geometry is strong.

Photography: Street Photography - Sidewalk Abstract 021418

Sidewalk Abstract

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