Tag Archives: charcoal drawing

From Out of The Mist

I’m going to write quite a bit about this drawing because there are lots of things that I want to discuss regarding how this piece came together and many of the things I had to consider. But since I know there are really impatient people, I’ll suggest you scroll down to the bottom of the blog to see the “finished” result.  Continue reading From Out of The Mist


“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

Pounce Bag Model Portrait

I just finished this today but started on it this past Friday. Should have been done Friday night but family came over and more showed up over the weekend, so got really side-tracked.  Anyway, I’m going to simply post the results with a few close-ups, then give a short bit of information regarding the pounce bag and using acetone for water effects. Continue reading Pounce Bag Model Portrait

Sophia Loren – pounce bag and a pencil

I’m attempting a new method of drawing portraiture – pouncing.  My first portrait using this method involves the beautiful Sophia Loren. Sadly, my drawing does not do her justice. Since I am so used to my “photo-realism” style, I had to not only learn how to apply the media differently, but to learn to draw with the bag as well. Not easy. Continue reading Sophia Loren – pounce bag and a pencil

“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

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


This is the last in a three-part series paying tribute to W. A. Bouguereau. The Young Shepherdess is my attempt at capturing Bouguereau’s realistic attributes that he so intimately places within each of his paintings, only I utilized charcoal and some carbon instead of oils.  Continue reading THE YOUNG SHEPHERDESS – Part III