More portrait work.

This one is approx. 8×10, oil on canvas board. Not sure why I continue to work so small. It does force me to think about each brush stroke though. So, learning even more with each one.

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More charcoal drawing this weekend. Really enjoying revisiting this medium.

Melissa : Charcoal on toned paper. 20×16

This one is “Melissa”. A big thanks to melannc at for the reference.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.


Charcoal Drawing

This one is approx. 22×18, taking about 3-4 hours. I had a great weekend in the studio. Experimenting a bit with tools that I just haven’t spent much time using.

In my world of engineering, symmetry is a part of design almost daily. So this gentleman’s beard bothered me somewhat. I often have to convince myself that symmetry is not always the norm in art, and with portraiture, it can lead to great character representation.


imageI have a huge respect for some of today’s artists and their charcoal drawing capabilities. Their drawing skills and understanding of values are something I hope to achieve through more of these kinds of drawing sessions.

Thanks to skydancerstock on for the reference.

Alla prima portrait

I put down the shovel today for a bit of studio time. Lots of yard work this summer.

It’s been since July that I had this opportunity. Was a day to simply relax and work my way back into the creative side. Working very small on this one, for me. Quite the challenge since I like to lay it on thick. 5×7, Oil on Ampersand panel.  Again, just great to have a brush in my hand today.

Oil on cradled hardboard
Oil on cradled hardboard

Thanks to faestock on DeviantArt for the reference photo.

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