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Happy New Year Flower Garland with Onlooker

Happy Flower Garland with Onlooker, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 11x8"
Happy Flower Garland with Onlooker, graphite, colored pencil, 10×8″

When I saw the reference photo on Sktchy for this drawing, I loved the happy smile on this guy’s face and the perplexed expression of the man in the car next to his. It expresses my feelings for the new year: grateful, happy optimism for better days ahead and the dismayed confusion and general WTF for last year.

Here’s to a joyful, healthy and less socially distanced 2021!

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Art Drawing Faces People Portrait

Sketching H.P. Lovecraft: His Horror Stories No Match for 2020

HP Lovecraft #4-2, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #4 1/2 (corrected #4), graphite on paper, 11×8″

H. P. Lovecraft wrote supernatural horror fiction that expressed his view (and 2020’s) that humanity was an unimportant part of an uncaring cosmos that could be swept away at any moment. When I came across his photo, I thought sketching him would be a good way to close out the horror show that has been 2020. After my 5th and final attempt I’m ready to leave him–and 2020–behind!

Above is my final attempt, with corrections added to sketch #4. Below are the first four sketches and the original photo. Which one do you think came closest? I think #3 turned out to look like Mark Zuckerberg, LOL!

HP Lovecraft #1, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #1, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #2, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #2, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #3, graphite on paper, 11x8"
HP Lovecraft #3, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft #4
HP Lovecraft #4, graphite on paper, 11×8″
HP Lovecraft Web Photo
HP Lovecraft Photo
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Sketching Zel and How to Draw Glasses

Zel K from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11×8.5″

I watched artist and teacher Mike Creighton draw Zel K. during Sktchy’s free Saturday morning YouTube stream last week and decided to draw him myself. You can see the photo reference of Zel on Sktchy here.

Mike taught a great way to draw glasses at about 22 minutes in on the video.

Screenshot from Sktchy video linked above.

First draw the rectangle into which they fit, getting the perspective and angles right, then just round off or embellish to match the shape of the glasses. What a game changer!

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Moody Sketch of Ron McA from Sktchy

Pencil Sketch of Ron McA from Sktchy, 11x8.5", graphite
Ron McA from Sktchy, 11×8.5″, graphite

I’m really happy with this sketch of Ron McA from Sktchy. I tried to just keep it simple and it worked. I like the mood and the pencil work. If you’d like to see the original photo reference, you can click and swipe on Sktchy here.

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Sketching Bezos and Putin

Jeff Bezos and V. Putin, graphite 12x9"
Jeff Bezos and V. Putin, graphite 12×9″

Did you know that Jeff Bezos could give $105,000 to every Amazon employee and he would still have just as much money as he did before the pandemic, according to Robert Reich?

He has so much money he could change the world, but unlike his fellow tech gazillionaire Bill Gates, he just keeps trying to expand his empire and make more money.

I sketched these two round-headed evil guys as an experiment during the portrait drawing class I took back in August. I can see all the flaws in them now but I’m trying to get all the older stuff posted so I can get to the newer better ones.

I know I could just skip the old sketches and post the new ones I like better, but I try to document my journey as I learn and grow, so here they are.