Face Practice with Mistakes

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been practicing to improve my sketching. Faces have always been difficult for me, so I draw them again and again. Below are some practice sketches, complete with mistakes. The 3/4 profile at the 11 O’Clock position did not work: it turned out to be a combination of a […]

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 […]

Them! – Blind

I found a new way to practice drawing. Whilst watching old movies (my favorite television genre), I concentrate on one figure and draw it without looking at the paper (blind drawing). When the scene changes I quickly sketch another figure before it changes again.  I was watching ‘Them!” this evening, a science fiction movie about […]

Traveling Today

We had to drive back to San Jose today. It’s 350 miles more or less from LA. We took the scenic route back that takes us right next to the Pacific. Ordinarily it is wonderfully clear, but today it was a bit foggy off shore. Joy and I love to see the ocean. It occupies […]

Laughing Portrait

Painting recognizable faces: There is something that is so satisfying when I paint a watercolor portrait actually resembles my subject. At first, I was satisfied to get the appropriate shape of the head. The next problem I addressed was the proportions of the features within the face. Even when they became more or less correct, in the long dimension, I […]