Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Squinty Eyes; Lower Lip

I had a sharper pencil than yesterday.  It really makes a difference. Issues to overcome in the next sketch: 1) shadowing in low contrast areas – the left side of the face was uniformly darker and less detailed  in the reference photo; 2) subtle shading differences of large areas – difficult to achieve; 3) rendering […]

Woman and Dog

This pen and ink sketch was a little more controlled than yesterday’s. I’m working on making even colored pencil strokes as filler to the shapes that make up the figures. I applied more pressure for the areas in shadow. Mixing of colors is on the menu for upcoming sketches.

Lines Part 1

I never realized that Leonardo DaVinci (L) and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (aka Michelangelo (M)) knew each other. They didn’t get along too well, apparently. From what I’ve read, I would rather have known Leonardo. He was so curious about everything. Michelangelo was more competitive and a bit of a snarky fellow.* L and […]

Burl Texture

Most people can identify burl in veneers. In these thin wooden slices, the burl are manifested as intricate round patterns. Burl found in the wild are bulgy wooden growths on the bark of trees. My study below is an examination of the texture of a collection of these growths. I used a thin fiber-nibbed pen […]