Mustachioed Man

Usually I sit off to the side of my subject when I sketch. I was face-to-face with the gentleman whose portrait I sketched for this post. I was careful not to stare. This technique required me to glance up, memorize features, sketch, and peek again for a reality check. The inset is a pencil sketch […]

Tinted Parking Lot

I had meal break while it was still light out the other day. I used my pencil sketch, ink and watercolor post production technique to render the vista I enjoyed while eating my lunch. The watercolors were not to my liking, so I ran the paper under the faucet (with the water turned on) to […]

Storefront at Night

I began with pencil, inked the main lines and added color to finish the sketch. The most satisfying part of this process occurred when I drew the framework. In this composition. the framework was the structure holding up the windows that formed the storefront. As I sketched the contents within the store, I experienced the […]

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 […]