Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I got tighter than I'd wanted, I might re-work to loosen things up.

Monday, October 15, 2007

phase 2

Since the structure and values were laid in on the first version of this portrait, most of the thinking work was done.

Just correcting placement of features and adding detail on this version. Not finished yet, I leave the picky details for last.

Friday, October 12, 2007

in progress

I thought it might be interesting to see the process I go through on a drawing.

Drawing can be described as simply putting the right value down in the right place. That's just what I'm attempting to do here; broadly establish the tones so I can begin comparing their relationships to each other.

My drawing teacher, the great Bill Parks used to hammer into us: "If you are drawing without comparing, you are drawing without seeing!"

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I picked up a commission to do a couple of kid portraits. This is a quick practice sketch, it's been a while since I've gotten into charcoal in a deep way. What a lovely medium, so rich and velvety.

Friday, October 5, 2007

thursday sketches

I get over an hour to sketch while my daughter attends circus school. (No, we're not hinting for her to run away)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007