Category Archives: realistic art

ELI WALLACH – Part II “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” drawing

Okay folks. Here is my second portraiture for Part II in the series for my tribute to the Hollywood western movie classic The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  Just going to show pictures first and the write-up will be placed below for those who are simply “lookee Lous” so they can skip the details. Continue reading ELI WALLACH – Part II “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” drawing

SERENITY – recent commissioned charcoal drawing

Today I’m posting a recent drawing commission of a favorite fishing spot that I was asked to render.  Not much of a story for me to tell other than a few bits and pieces about what I used to create the piece. I can say that the person who gets to fish there sure is lucky…..and it ain’t Kansas either. Continue reading SERENITY – recent commissioned charcoal drawing

LEE VAN CLEEF – “Angel Eyes”: Part I Tribute to “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY” (charcoal on carbon)

Okay. I want everyone who thinks that the GREATEST classic western movie ever made was, is, and always will be: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Come on now. Raise your hands. You know it – I know it. So, come on now…don’t be shy. You know you want to. Yeah…..THERE you go. Much better.  Huh? Wait a second! Wait just a second!  Terry Lynn! Don’t make me come over there and kick your backside! You get that hand up! Ahhhhhhh….there….much better. Much better. Now…let’s continue, shall we?  Continue reading LEE VAN CLEEF – “Angel Eyes”: Part I Tribute to “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY” (charcoal on carbon)

Charcoal and Carbon Drawing – A tribute to Edmund Leighton and special Mothers everywhere

Edmund Leighton is a little known artist, yet his work can be seen most everywhere; from coffee houses, restaurants, shopping malls, book covers, art museums, as well as posters at Michael’s and other novelty and art stores. If I showed you one of his paintings you would most likely say:”Oh. Yeah. I’ve seen that before.”, yet rarely is his name associated with such works.  Continue reading Charcoal and Carbon Drawing – A tribute to Edmund Leighton and special Mothers everywhere

JOHN WAYNE in “RIO BRAVO” – Tribute in portraiture of an American Icon

I have many friends from foreign countries, many friends, and almost every one has told me over and over again: “Mark. You have no idea how much Hollywood has influenced the culture, even our culture.”, so says my friend Bernardo from Croatia, Flavio from Italy, Gaurav from India, and Malkiv from Bulgaria.  All of these gentlemen are near my age to slightly younger, and they all have a passion for the iconic actors and actresses of Hollywood yesteryear. And their favorites mostly come from the old, great westerns.  Continue reading JOHN WAYNE in “RIO BRAVO” – Tribute in portraiture of an American Icon

SHARING A SECRET – charcoal on carbon

This is a drawing I completed in October of 2016. My oldest sister suggested that I do some wildlife, or perhaps some horses, since many people who live in the area like or raise horses. Having never drawn a horse before, I thought it was a good idea, so she went down a ways from her country home and took a few photographs of her neighbor’s horses. The drawing that follows is a result from her photographic adventure.  Continue reading SHARING A SECRET – charcoal on carbon

THEIR FIRST CAR – charcoal and carbon drawing of Grandma and Grandpa

I doubt too many of my readers (a whole six people!) would remember the days of “outdoor plumbing”. That’s basically a nice way of saying:”You have to go outside to use the bathroom and ‘its’ inside that little, wooden shed.”  Yes. I’m talking about an “outhouse”. That was something I remember all too well, as a very young kid, going ‘up North” to visit Grandpa.  Continue reading THEIR FIRST CAR – charcoal and carbon drawing of Grandma and Grandpa

“PERFECT TIMING” – charcoal, carbon, graphite drawing

The title of this drawing came about as a bit of irony, which I was pondering one day while watching fish eat flies and bugs from the surface of a nearby pond.  How the idea came into my head…..I have no idea.  Continue reading “PERFECT TIMING” – charcoal, carbon, graphite drawing

“MEDITATION” – charcoal/carbon – Tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: I’m a big fan of William Adolphe Bouguereau and he is one of my top five favorite artists of all time.  His paintings are timeless, realistic, sensual, and brilliant. So how does a scribler like me, attempt to render a masterfully colored painting into black and white, using charcoal and carbon?  Continue reading “MEDITATION” – charcoal/carbon – Tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau

“PLEASANT BURDEN” – artistic tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau

Like many who enjoy art, I have favorite pieces from favorite artists that I wish I could own. Pieces that one could stare at for hours and never tire of the way they looked, or the the messages and meanings that are implied.  Continue reading “PLEASANT BURDEN” – artistic tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau