Sketching time!

Some recent sketching in charcoal or graphite. Just keeping “in tune” until I can get some painting time in the studio. I have commissions to complete! Having fun with every stroke of a line, and loving it.

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Some sketching this week.

Just so you know I haven’t abandoned the studio, again…  🙂   I’ve decided to spend some time drawing, for a couple of reasons. First, I needed it. Really felt that my figure skills had gone completely away. I’ve spent so much time on portraiture, that I found it difficult to get figure proportions properly executed. So, back to basics, in a way… Which brings me to the second reason. New pencils and charcoal! Oh, I’ve used charcoal before, but these were pencils rather than sticks. So, this week’s time was spent not only in practice, but learning some new tools.

These are from this week’s time in the studio. Started out with pencil, but moved to the charcoal pencils. Also for the first time, I found myself using the blending stumps more often. I’m sure there is a technique to them, but haven’t figured that out yet.

Nude Sketch 1
Nude Sketch 1
Nude Sketch 3
Nude Sketch 3

I may paint this last one once I am done here.

Charcoal pencil work, in process
Charcoal pencil work, in process

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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.