Sunday, November 27, 2011

Self portrait

'Self portrait' 12”x 14” charcoal on Strathmore Drawing 400 Series
I normally don’t draw a lot of self-portraits, but this photo means a lot to me.  The photo was taken right after boot camp in Great Lakes, IL.  I always appreciate looking back at the good memories I have being enlisted in the Navy and having the opportunity to serve my country. 
This sketch was done with charcoal but I normally work with graphite, charcoal give me the opportunity to work negative and positive.   
I’m very happy with the likeness although I have drawn and painted this photo before.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Brian and Family

“Brian & Family” 22”x30” graphite on Arches 140lb

Brian is a close friend of the family and married my wife and I.  I was honored when I had the opportunity to paint a family portrait.
The portrait was going to be completed in watercolor but due to time constraints graphite had a better likelihood of being completed in time and thankfully Brian didn’t mind.
At some point I hope I have an opportunity to paint a family portrait for Brian.

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