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 […]

Reading Figures

My first 15-minute sketching session yielded the figure below. The position of the man’s hand on his head was unique among the readers gathered in the cafe. I concentrated on posture in my next sketch session, trying to establish relative positions of limbs as quickly as possible. I wasn’t always quick enough, as in the […]

Self Portrait – Why the Long Face?

The short answer is, “The paper made me do it.” It is oblong (approximately 5×8 inches). I had to fit my features within this constraint.  I have also started wading into my new book, Paul Klee: Irony at Work, by Angela Lampe, Michael Baumgartner. There are a series of portraits at the beginning that captured my […]

Self Portrait – Indecisive Moment

Some say creativity ebbs and flows. For me, it’s no fun when it is at low tide. Today’s sketch is a self portrait. Instead of looking in a mirror, I used my phone camera. I snapped a couple of pictures of myself. They were backwards, when I looked at them later. The lighting was good […]