As a practicing artist, I do a lot of sketching, especially portrait sketches. It was my intention with this blog to post sketches as I go, but that got a little overwhelming and I fell behind. So instead I am going to post my my favorite sketches on a weekly basis and see how that goes.
I try to sketch every day, but sometimes life just gets too busy. Fortunately I’m part of a three weekly drawing groups so that keeps me sketching at least three times a week. This week’s sketches come from those groups.
12 Minute Portrait Sketches From My Artists Drawing Artists Group
25 Minute Drawing From My Figure Drawing Group
2.5 Hour Painting From My Live-Sitter Portrait Group
This watercolor portrait was painted from life during yesterday’s Sunday portrait group. Every Sunday a group of artists meet at a studio in Portland, Maine where a guest is invited to sit for us and have their portrait drawn or painted in 2 and a half hours.
Watercolor portraits are a relatively new thing for me as I’ve been primarily using oil pastels during these drawing groups for the past couple years. I am enjoying the fluidity of them and the excitement of not knowing exactly how they are going to turn out!
Rob Elowitch, better known as Robbie Ellis, sat for a portrait group I am part of in Portland, Maine. Robbie couldn’t have been nicer and entertained us with stories during the breaks.
Rob Elowitch spent many years as the head of a prestigious art auction house but is better known by his wrestling name, Robbie Ellis. Rob was a professional wrestler who won several regional championships. He also gained national attention for wrestling well into his sixties. Sports Illustrated wrote a story about him and he was the subject of a documentary called Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story.