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!
I did this bus driver sketch in 2017 on a trip from Portland to Boston.
Drawing people in public is one of my favorite things to do, but there are two main problems that hinder that kind of sketching. People are not good at sitting still and they generally don’t like to be stared at.
This is one of the reasons I love the Concord Trailways bus line that goes from Portland to Boston. I can usually get a seat almost across from the driver. They can’t really move that much, and can’t see me drawing them.
I did give this driver the sketch when we got to Boston. He laughed with surprise, thanked me, and put it in his bag, so I think he liked it.
I love drawing dogs from life. Unfortunately I don’t have a dog and I’m never around other people’s dogs long enough to draw them. That’s one of the reason I love visiting my brother in the Winter.
My brother’s black lab love to sleep by the fire place and will sit still for long stretches of time either sleeping or staring at the fire.
I’m sure if I had a dog of my own I’d get some chances to draw it. I don’t have a dog so I always take time out draw Pepper when I visit.
One of the groups drawing groups I belong to is a figure drawing group that meets Fridays at the University of Southern Maine. We sit in the round so sometimes the model’s back is to me.
The model is too far away to really see the details in the back muscles so I like to include the artists drawing her from the other side of the room.
This drawing was done about a year ago.
A couple years ago I joined a drawing group here in Portland, Maine called Artists Drawing Artists. Every Tuesday a group of us get together at a local studio and sit for each other for 12 minutes.
It’s a great way to practice getting the important features down without having the time to fret over details or make corrections.
This set of sketches was done back in February.
I love sketching live musicians. I can’t get too precious about a likeness because they are constantly moving, and usually I’m drawing in the dark.
When I sketch live musicians I try to concentrate more on composition and relationships between the band members.
These sketches were done during The Gravity Sessions, a visual, spoken word, and musical performance at the Apohadian Theater in Portland, Maine.
I love sketching faces in a crowd. Especially at events where large groups are mingling such as conferences and networking events. It’s great practice trying to capture a face in just a few fleeting moments while people are moving and talking and generally not staying still.
This sketch is made up of faces at a Wedding Professionals conference in Portland, Maine in 2017. I was invited by the coordinator of the event because she saw me sketching faces at another conference and wanted me to do the same for hers.
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.
He was also a delight to draw and talk to.