“The Silver Warrior” – Frank Frazetta tribute: charcoal and carbon

This is just a quick post showing one of my originals FINALLY getting put into a frame. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. Amazing what a frame and good matting can do for a mediocre to decent drawing.  Continue reading “The Silver Warrior” – Frank Frazetta tribute: charcoal and carbon


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

THE PASSION – an artistic variation

Realism and photo-realism are genres of art that I have attempted to render on numerous occasions. Sometimes successfully, other times….meh….not so much. I still need a lot of work.  However, I also am open to trying something new because after awhile, doing the same thing over and over gets a little, well….boring.  Enter “Hey! What a great idea! I’ll try it!” category. Continue reading THE PASSION – an artistic variation

“Skip” The Horse – charcoal on carbon

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today’s post is in regards to a commission I finished yesterday for a lady who wanted a “portrait” of a horse. I’m going to give some detailed drawing information on this commission so if you want to just skip over the writing, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the final result.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Skip” The Horse – charcoal on carbon

TRINITY – portraiture. A lesson in dealing with bad photo references.

Good day, Everyone!

Today’s post will be a recent portrait I drew and a lesson in dealing with bad reference photographs when that’s all one has to work with.  For starters, the young girl’s name is “Trinity” and she just had a birthday, this past December 27th, and so this drawing was done as both a Christmas and birthday gift.  Continue reading TRINITY – portraiture. A lesson in dealing with bad photo references.

Fromme-Birney Round Barn and Windmill – private commission

Howdy everyone!

This one is going to be REALLY simple. Just going to post the final results of a private commission I was recently asked to do. If you would like to see the reference for this particular piece, you may do so here. Otherwise, it was a simple drawing using Wolfe’s B carbon pencil and Nitram H and HB charcoals.