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Nate W. in Grey Hoodie

Nate Washington in a grey hoodie, painted in gouache.
Nate Washington in gouache on paper, 10 x 7.5”

Nate Washington (IG link) is a comedian and podcaster who shared his reference photo for this portrait on Sktchy, here. (Except Sktchy app is now called “Museum”)

Karl Staub (IG link), the teacher who used Nate’s photo for his demo did a very graphic, poster-like rendering (see below). I was tempted to do that too, but decided to just continue with my own style instead.

Nate Washington in a grey hoodie, sketched in pencil.
Nate W. in pencil, 10×7.5

Above is my original sketch for the portrait. I had fun finding the planes on his face and clothes. Below is a screenshot for the 30 Faces/30 Days – Watercolor & Gouache class on Sktchy displaying the teacher’s work.

This was supposed to be a 30 portraits in 30 days class, but I think I’m now on month three instead. That’s because since last December I started working out every morning, doing indoor cycling, rowing and running classes plus daily core classes and alternating days of weights, yoga, Pilates, and Barre and two hikes a week with friends. I paint in the afternoon.

I’m getting stronger and fitter and having fun. But it’s always a challenge to find balance between all the things that make up a good life. I’m very fortunate and grateful for the luxury of the choices I get to make.

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Yikes! Really, 2021?

Sketch of Eegan from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11x8.5 inches
Sketch of Eegan from Sktchy, graphite on paper, 11×8.5 inches

And that’s about all I have to say about 2021 so far! Yikes!

You can see the original photo reference on Sktchy here.

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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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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!