Friday, May 30, 2014

Mike Myers

I've found that to be a great source to practice sketching celebrity portraits.  Here is a sketch of the comedian Mike Myers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Seated Female Nude by a Fountain

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon was truly a master artist and draughtsman of the 18th and 19th century.  As I drew this copy of Seated Female Nude by a Fountain I really gained an appreciation of his exceptional composition, line, form, and ability to render the beauty of the human figure.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Many beginner artists such as myself have a tendency to draw ears as an afterthought.  Therefore practicing drawing features like ears is crucial to good portraiture.  Here is one 20 minute practice session based on the book by William Vaughan I have been working my way through.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Break dancing

Here is a 30 minute sketch of a break dancer.  I like the angles and lines but had difficulty with the form since he was wearing black pants.


A few weeks ago I was at Filoli gardens in Woodside, California where I witnessed many beautiful flowers in their full Spring bloom including roses, irises, and camellias.  I sketched a couple of roses and then took several reference photos for future paintings.  Below is a painting I just finished along with the reference photo.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Portrait of Woman

I am working my way through a fantastic book by William Maughan titled The Artists Complete Guide to Drawing the Head.  Below is a portrait of a woman from the book.