Morning Sketches

We, as artists, all know that good drawing skills are essential to good painting. So, as I find myself struggling to paint, or when I don’t have the time to get the paints out, I always come back to sketching. It helps me focus, and teaches me where I may be tailing off in the wrong direction when approaching the canvas.

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These are all done with a 9B pencil, my favorite, on heavyweight 20 x 26 drawing paper. I have sketchbooks, but prefer the larger format. I can get up to three good sized portrait sketches on each sheet.

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They are short in time to completion, not perfect, and generally running 25 to 45 minutes before having to stop. I do many of these first thing in the morning. It’s a time of day when I can focus entirely on my drawing, before the business of the day gets too complex.

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I have many, but will only post a few for now, and new stuff as I can.

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They are done from photos found on DeviantArt.com, where most of my sketching subjects come from. They are not a completed piece of work, rather a work to keep me understanding the fundamentals.

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