Sunday, October 21, 2012

Handsome is handsome, No?

A sketch from life has so much more life than a sketch from a photo. At least, for me.

Sepia conte pencil and white pastel on tan toned paper. 

I wonder why? How do you interject that spark of life into a photo reference sketch?

And...Happy Birthday to Owen, who made October 21st one of the happiest days of my life.


  1. Agreed! Great sketch.

    The same applies for more with digital art. It just doesn't come across as authentic as something done by hand on natural media.

    1. I have yet to get involved with digital drawing and painting, that is, past the "modifing a painting for my book cover" wee bit of work on Gimp. Once again, though, I have to say thanks for your oil pencil idea--my Magic Feather pathway to acceptable drawing!

    2. Oh, My! I just remembered that this sketch was not made with the oil pencils, so I guess they REALLY ARE a Magic Feather!