Study – Girl Reading Cell Phone While Waiting

Most of my sketches are one-shot deals: I work on one portrait at a time, complete with mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes are so dense, it is difficult to obtain a satisfactory drawing. I drew several iterations of a girl in the waiting room, which I present below:

The Family That Reads Together

I love this collection of people. Each has his/her own visual charm. I captured the slouch of the far right character (on the second try). I used a soft pencil to sketch this group portrait. This allows my initial marks to be spontaneous as well as visible (without overworking them, as I must do with […]

Two Manly Men Reading

Sometimes I’m comfortable enough to sketch with a loose hand. Occasionally this happens when I’m rushed or when I’m working with a lot of surface area. Lately my loose lines have been able to convey the shapes that I intend.  This technique worked particularly well for the sketch below.

Confusion of Overlapping Figures

Among the troubles facing a “plein air” sketcher of people is that they move. This happened when I started the sketch below. I started drawing a young man with a blue mohawk. He was still during my first 30 seconds of sketching but moved on and another clerk took his place. I changed my focus […]

Two Portraits That Look Amazingly Like Their Subjects

I am just now surprising myself occasionally by making sketches of people that look like the actual people I was drawing. I find myself using several techniques while sketching: blind drawing – the drawing of a contour while looking at it and not looking at the paper; converting facial features to their geometrical equivalents and […]

Man Sketching at Japanese Garden

Having not had any face time today, I resorted to copying a photograph. The photo was taken during a visit to the Japanese garden a couple of weeks ago. An enlargement did not show much facial detail, so I used this sketch to practice shading technique. I used different pencils with hardness ranging from HB […]

Woman Next to Me

The more tentative my sketch, the more it looks like the subject. I don’t know exactly why. Sfumato? Can a drawn line fall within the purview of the sfumato technique? Perhaps not. Maybe I should consider my initial light sketch as an under drawing and work on it to shade in areas (with sfumato).