Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Portraits have always been an interest for me but I have devoted my art time to my favorite subject of landscapes. I have enjoyed studying the portrait lately. Below are a few studies I have done from copying other artist or photographs. Click on any image to see a larger view.

The above portrait rendered in watercolor is from a photograph. The pencil drawing below is also from a photograph. I changed the color to from grey graphite to sepia in Photoshop. It is a lot warmer.

The below portrait is a study of an oil painting by Andrew Loomis. I rendered it in Watercolor.

Below is a pencil portrait I did from a reference I found. I colorized it in PS.

Pencil portrait study with an Google Android sepia photo filter. Study of the human skull and anatomy is important to draw portraits I am learning.

Below is a profile portrait study. I like the challenge of drawing a subject "correctly". Drawn on mixed media paper with a vellum surface.

The following watercolor portrait I did on 140 lb. cold press Arches paper. It is from a photograph.

Below is a pencil drawing I did from a photo I found. There is a lot of pencil graphite on this drawing.

This pencil portrait, below, is a pencil study I did of one of John Singer Sargent's portraits. I always learn from these studies.

Below is another pencil portrait study from a black and white photo I found on the the web. Portrait drawing is very challenging  because you have to LEARN about construction of the head. But it is fun and relaxing for me.

I penciled the portrait below in 2018 from a photo my wife cut out of a magazine. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winter 2017

Below is work I have been wanting to do, mixing pen and ink with watercolor. This is nothing new. I did similar drawings when I was in school. Artist have been combining the mediums for hundreds of years. The first one below is from my sketchbook. The second is the same drawing scanned in and "tweaked" in photoshop. The drawing is of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris.

Another "Paris Painting" using watercolor and pen and ink. This is a late summer afternoon painting of the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

Below is a more traditional watercolor. It is of a Boat Yard in Newport Beach, California. I am trying to focus on painting figures at this time