Man with Long Face

The young man in the sketch below had a very long face. He seemed very nice, smiling to himself now and then. Very handsome. His legs were very gangly but I concentrated so much on his face, they seem almost forgotten. A little sharper bend on his right knee could have fixed that.

Young Lady with Enormous Forearm

When concentrating on individual parts of a portrait sketch, sometimes itty-bitty errors add up. In the case of the image below, the cumulative inaccuracies were bridged by the enormity of the young lady’s arm upon which her head lay.  When I began the sketch, her head was gracefully touching the apex of her angled wrist. […]

Modigliani Model Closeup

One of my previous posts was a double portrait of a woman and a young lady whose elongated face reminded me of one of Modigliani’s portraits. Below is a closer rendition of the same young lady from that post. The proportions of the face are less Modigliani-ish, below.

Drying Off Under the Umbrella

These young ladies were drying off after a dunk in the pool. When I draw more than one figure, I lightly sketch them in, to get the relative positions of each. In the drawing below, the figure on the far right was too big at first. I re-drew it with a heavier sketch of the […]

Man Reading a Magazine

Proportions, always proportions. Leonardo DaVinci had very detailed descriptions of ratios of one body part to another. When drawing, it pays to lightly sketch in the entire form of the subject before committing to a more bold outline.  The portrait below turned out to be one of a long-waisted man.

Man with SF Patch

There are a limited number of positions one can assume when sitting. But it isn’t boring sketching seated people. It is an exercise in proportions. I remember distinctly an instance, many years ago, when the proportions of a drawing on which I was working, became those of the actual model (a picture of a horse). […]

Another Studio Sketch

Now and then I make a sketch of my studio. It’s messy enough to be interesting. Today I found that I am getting better at placing my shapes in the frame and estimating proportions properly. I used a combination of watercolor paints, broad-tip and brush markers and fine-tip pens for this composition. Previous studio sketches […]

Proportion Practice

Today’s watercolor experiment: Today I worked from my imagination. I know that I have my grandson William’s features in my head. I tried to lay them out with watercolors. I need a better interface between my head and my hands, it seems. I did not intend the pencil marks to indicate a beard, although that is […]