Tag Archive: “drawing”

Collage of five author portrait sketches

I recently read a 1954 anthology titled “50 Great Short Stories” edited by Milton Crane. The book was mistitled; “50 Texts Exalting Ennui and Miserable Marriages” would have been more accurate. That said, a few of the stories were memorable! Here are sketches of the authors of half of them.

Clockwise, from top left: Katherine Mansfield, V. S. Pritchett, Ring Lardner, Irwin Shaw, and J. D. Salinger.

I’m drawing authors for Patreon this month. Sign up to claim one (perhaps accompanied by a story synopsis). I’ll probably do a few more from this book, then I look forward to reading something fresh!

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2020.

Inktober #1

I heard it was #inktober – here's #1. #portrait #art

A video posted by Jim (@anoved) on

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015.

Ink Brush

I tried something new: drawing with India ink and a brush instead of a pen or pencil. I like being able to lay down shadows so fast and loose.

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I posted a few others on Instagram, too.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.

Making Faces

Sketch jam:

Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015.

3D Printing a Stamp of a Drawing

Here’s an original marker doodle and the┬ádigitized version I made with Adobe Shape CC:

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I opened the SVG file in Inkscape and converted the paths to extruded polygons with paths2openscad by Dan Newman. I added a solid base and printed the model as a simple stamp.

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It doesn’t work great, but it does work! I’m brushing India ink directly onto the stamp. The printed PLA plastic is not an optimal surface for holding or transferring ink, as it tends to either blot or bead and run off. Here is the best print I was able to make in about a dozen tries:

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Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2015.

Portrait Sketches

Some random portrait sketches from this summer:

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A fun development this fall was discovering Fear of Art, a group founded by some high school acquaintances. They organize monthly “Drink and Draw” events that are a great way to get a little experience life drawing. I’ve attended two so far. Here are some of the pictures I drew at the September and November meetups, respectively:

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014.

Making Faces Videos

I’ve been recording some time lapse videos of sketch sessions. Recorded at 5 seconds per frame; played at 5 frames per second. (25×?)

That last one is not of portrait drawing, of course, but of painting a 3D-printed landscape model.

I’m using the lamp clip I designed and fabricated with my Printrbot to hold my phone for these recordings. I’m using Frameographer by the folks at Studio Neat to record the videos (and, sometimes, iMovie for iOS to combine and/or spruce up clips before uploading).

Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014.

Portrait Doodles

Phone photo collages of some recent sketches:

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Content with none, but there’s something I like in each. So, reason to do more.

Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

Maple Seed

Old maple seed

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013.

Fabric Marker Face

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As long-time followers may know, now and then I draw on my old MacBook with markers. Here’s a recent portrait, drawn finger paint style with a fabric marker. The fabric marker ink behaves curiously on this smooth surface – amenable to smudging or scraping erasure, depending whether it’s wet or dry. The mix of textured shading and inky black blots makes this one of my favorite looks in recent memory.

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013.