Category Archives: realistic art

I WON!!! My first award!

Just wanted to share with my followers that I finished participation in the 56th Annual Hutchinson Art Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas, and I was given an Award of Excellence which included a $100.00 prize money.  Thanks to all the followers who post encouragement throughout this last year!



“In The Quiet of An Evening”

There is something incredibly mysterious about women. That’s about all I’m going to say regarding this particular drawing.   Continue reading “In The Quiet of An Evening”

“Essence” – Pounce Bag Portraiture

This is the last of my attempts at trying to master a pounce bag. I think I’m getting the hang of it and also have learned to control the pouncing when putting down the charcoal media, where the last two were crazy, with charcoal all over the surface.  Ugh!  Oh well. Gotta learn somehow.  Not going to give much details on this one, just going to post the finished product. Let me know what you think, please. Continue reading “Essence” – Pounce Bag Portraiture

“The Younger Brother (Two)”

I just completed this drawing of William Adolphe Bourguereau’s oil painting “The Younger Brother (two)”, rendered in charcoal and graphite on Stonehenge Aqua water-color paper. This piece was drawn in order to test the quality of this paper for drawing and I’ll be giving a review of that as well.  Continue reading “The Younger Brother (Two)”

Francis Benfatto – NITRAM charcoal on Legion Lenox 100 paper and review

I just completed this figure drawing today of famous body builder, Francis Benfatto, using a new type of drawing paper that I have never tried before. So, if you are simply interested in seeing the “final result”, you can simply scroll down to the bottom of the post. However, if you’re interested in reading my opinion regarding Legion Lenox 100 drawing paper, then feel free to read at your leisure. Continue reading Francis Benfatto – NITRAM charcoal on Legion Lenox 100 paper and review

A Valentine’s Day portraiture

I was approached by the local mechanic here in town to commission a portrait of his wife for St. Valentine’s Day. When I came to pick up the reference photo, I started inquiring about size, framing, time of completion, etc. As he spoke about his wife, he literally beamed with excitement and joy as his words came forth from his mouth like he was still a newly wed.  It was truly wonderful to hear and see. Continue reading A Valentine’s Day portraiture

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

CAN I GET A RIDE? – charcoal and carbon

Today’s drawing was something I had laid out a few months back but just never got around to doing it. I guess it would fall within the genre’ of “realism”(?) in the arena of art, but then again, maybe it belongs in another genre’ that I am not familiar with…which are many. Continue reading CAN I GET A RIDE? – charcoal and carbon

“THE NAIAD” – pure charcoal figure drawing

Today’s drawing is a bit unusual for me; unusual in the sense that I have never done a charcoal drawing using only one type of charcoal and only a few grades. This drawing was rendered entirely in NITRAM H, HB and B charcoal batons.  All I can say is that it is definitely a different experience but I really liked the outcome of it. Read on if you’re interested to see what I created, otherwise, scroll down to the bottom to see.  Continue reading “THE NAIAD” – pure charcoal figure drawing

“Adrein” – smooth skin portraiture

Hello Everyone!

Today I have another portrait drawing for you. This one is another smooth skin drawing whose subject is the teenage girl named “Adrein” who comes to my little town once a week in order to help her Mother at the local restaurant. If you only want to see the final result, just scroll to the bottom, otherwise, read on……you might learn something.  Continue reading “Adrein” – smooth skin portraiture