The Acorn Boys

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils and Derwent Light-fast colored pencil on Strathmore toned paper
8×10

Quintuple

Prismacolor premier colored pencils on Strathmore toned paper, 8×10

Ruby

Prismacolor colored pencil on Canson mixed media paper

Commissioned work complete 🙂

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Tree, Iced Tea, and Beach

Rocks

I kind of like this with minimal color. #minimalism #letinkrulethepage

Self-Portrait

I am working on a self-portrait with the intent to enter a contest with Jerry’s Artarama, and of course, to improve my abability to draw faces. I always seem to have trouble making the face look like the reference. This is myself drawn in a basic pencil in my sketchbook. As you can see, I left my original mistakes present, choosing not to erase the first incorrect placements of the nose. The reference photo is of me in a low pushup hold. Fitness is my other passion.

Crusher

Crusher 1-24-16

This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys.  There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.

I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss.  I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book.  The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration.  Can you find the circles in this sketch?  The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art.  That’s just my thoughts so far.  I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.

Screw it…

Okay so the pun is overused, BUT, I have been trying to finish this tiny little drawing for months, and still have not finished it.  This is drawn using a basic Ticonderoga pencil in my moleskin sketchbook (it’s about 5×7-ish).  This actually is a large carriage bolt, not a screw, but I just couldn’t resist the title.  I am attempting to render it in a realistic fashion, if I ever get the time and patience (and focus) to do so.

drawing of a carriage bolt
drawing of a carriage bolt

Portrait in Plaid

Here is a pencil portrait from a photograph of my son.  It looks nothing like my son, naturally.  However, I was pleased with the results for the most part.  Done in my moleskin sketchbook with a basic Ticonderoga #2 pencil.  For the life of me I couldn’t get the nose right.  I’m just amazed that I had 20 minutes or so to work on a sketch today.  My boys are particularly lazy today, maybe due to the 90+ degree weather outside.  Enjoy.

Scan

Still Life Sketch

drawing sketch 1

So if you want to get technical, this COULD qualify for part of my 365 portraits challenge to myself.  (It could, honest!).  This is really a still life though of my sketchbook on top of a fitness magazine with the box of markers to the right and an empty bowl to the left, all on top of our outdoor patio table.  It was breezy and cool the other day, but my boys just kept begging to go outside.  The sun was shining and they were occupied for the most part, so who am I to say no.

After finishing this, my one son decided to draw repeating “egg” shapes on the opposite page.  I of course was covering up this sketch with my hands while he played.  I’m sure if I turned my head even for a few seconds, this sketch too would be adorned with purple “egg” shapes.