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11-19-2010, 01:29 PM
Lovely owl. That soft charcoal with the pencil gives great texture.

11-19-2010, 03:02 PM
Your technique of brushing the charcoal is great for the owl's feathers and at the same time it gives him a solid feel. If that doesn't make any sense, I will just blame it on exhaustion from shoveling snow:mad: . He seems to be saying, "Who are you looking at?" Pun intended. It's the snow again.

Keep at it Chuck. You are doing a great job.


11-20-2010, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the comments...:)
Can't wait to finish this sketchbook, the next one will be watercolors or pastels.

The weekly drawing thread - Nov 15-21
Went with the Bobcat.


11-20-2010, 12:22 AM
You've really got a handle on this brushing technique Chuck. Good job!


11-20-2010, 04:34 AM
I have to say I do love this medium for animals, it provides such a lovely softness but still appears 'detailed' from the suggestion of more than is there. Very nice effect for fur, feathers etc!

11-20-2010, 11:43 AM
So are you saying you need some color in your life, Chuck? I've gone the opposite way, from pastels to graphite. This is another wonderful drawing. I agree that this technique is great for animal drawings.


11-20-2010, 03:41 PM
Another great animal drawing. . . I like him almost as much as the wolf, but I think that wolf is still my fav. :)

Another lovely piece. I know what you mean about color, after working in graphite for a while, I feel that way also. I did a week or so of only graphite last month but couldn't keep it up :)

I look foward to seeing your color work, Chuck!

11-20-2010, 07:36 PM
More good stuff.

How many more pages in you sketchbook?

11-20-2010, 08:59 PM
Both the owl and bobcat are excellent, Chuck! I've been fortunate to see bobcats in the wild several times while doing some bird survey work inside a closed municipal watershed area near my house.

11-20-2010, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the comments....:wave:

Dougwas: I haven't had much experience in the other mediums, it'll be a lil break from black and white... I do have another 80 page sketchbook ready for more graphite and charcoal... :)

seejay: I'm on page 51 and I've probably ripped out 5 pages of this 80 page sketchbook... I guessing 24 left.

JTMB: Your lucky to see bobcats... we have them around where I live, I know a few people who have seem them, but I've not seen one yet.. :(

I just learned monkeys are fun to draw:)

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11-21-2010, 12:24 AM
Wow! That's great Chuck!


11-21-2010, 12:54 AM
Oh, wow. . . I love that one. Those ears are so cute and the eyes are just lovely, so well done. Nice fur texture. He is really cute, and I don't usually like monkeys so much!

11-21-2010, 02:32 AM
This is an excellent drawing!

11-21-2010, 03:15 AM
The bobcat is just splendid.

Very cute monkey.

11-21-2010, 02:59 PM
Good job on the chimp, Chuck. Now you have another subject to explore some more.


11-21-2010, 06:51 PM
cute! :)
Some primates just look like humans with hair I reckon!

11-21-2010, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

Went with the largest of primate skulls... a Gorilla... couldn't find a big foot skull?


11-21-2010, 10:49 PM
Oh, man. . . just look at those teeth! Whew. Very different looking from a human or chimp skull. Nice shading

11-22-2010, 01:18 AM
Good job on the skull! Tough subject, and well executed.

11-22-2010, 09:39 PM
Wow, awesome skull. Too bad about big foot.

11-22-2010, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the comments... :)

Went with a gorilla again.. used a thumb image reference, wasn't much detail in it:P
Not really happy how it turned out, and didn't spend much time on the mouth... however it was fun to try.

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11-23-2010, 01:52 AM
Holy moley... why don't you like it?!? I'd be delighted with it! The speed and somewhat loose style works for giving a lot of energy and momentum. I wouldn't want to be whomever he is giving the hard eye to in that temper on a bet!!! The little chimp is adorable - very well done on the eyes and 'brow' area, with plenty mischief promised.

11-23-2010, 02:16 AM
looks great to me. . scary

11-23-2010, 04:49 PM
Chuck, this is great - I'd just darken the inside of his mouth a little and call it done! You don't always need a lot of fine detail to create a nice piece of art - and working from the small thumbnails without details forces you to loosen up and be more imaginative sometimes. I like the way your sketchbook is progressing ;)

11-23-2010, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the comments...

Thought I go for Dr. Zaius today. :)
Might pop that dvd in too...

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11-23-2010, 06:33 PM
Oh, I remember that movie and him. Did you draw this from a picture or watching the tv? Perfect likenss. . . awesome work.

11-23-2010, 06:38 PM
Great gorilla, and planet-of-the-apeoid (I remember the movie, but no character names)! The first guy needs an anger management class.

11-23-2010, 08:26 PM
I think the gorilla looks great.

Great character drawing.

11-23-2010, 08:58 PM
Haha love it! In keeping with the theme and totally different! Very good likeness too!

11-24-2010, 10:41 PM
Thanks for comments....:)

Rainy it was from a picture, in this journal it's been ref images. though mostly rough like. I did watch the 1st movie last night....:)

Guess I should add apes too...
Lately I haven't much time to think of what to draw, it's that time of year where everything is busy...... My mind has been on other things while drawing, it really makes it tough to focus.

Ref from advanced animation.
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11-24-2010, 11:51 PM
The cartoon gorilla is super.

11-25-2010, 05:39 PM
A nice mix of pics with our fellow primates!:clap:

11-25-2010, 11:50 PM
Thanks for the comments.:)

Weekly Drawing Thread Nov.21 - Nov.28

Done this one on a full belly.

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11-26-2010, 12:36 AM
Hi Chuck. . . wow, third skull for the month! You are on a roll with those like me and my ducks :)

I saw that image and you've done a nice job of it. Hope you had a nice holiday, sounds like it with the full belly. Me too!

11-26-2010, 02:58 AM
Love the apes/gorillas., Especially the first little monkey face.
They do look like you had fun

11-26-2010, 10:19 AM
For being tough to focus at this time of year, the quality of your work isn't suffering... very nice, especially the skull and rock wall... bones and rocks both are always interesting and tricky to me because a variety of textures, contours and shadowing!

Selina Designs
11-26-2010, 06:32 PM
wow Chuck, I'm just getting time to sit here and view all of your incredible sketches! Your technique really is capturing the fur and feathers of the animals very realistically. and your portraits are dead-on; you really have a talent for them. Thanks for sharing your sketchbook with us!!

11-26-2010, 06:51 PM
Way cool skull and rock wall. Congrats on being able to draw with a full tummy instead of falling into a food coma.

11-26-2010, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the comments.... :)

Weekly Drawing Thread Nov.21 - Nov.28
Old Wood... (Old and Weathered by Shed469)

I'm not used to drawing trees and barns ect... thought I give it a try.
quick sketch charcoal and pencils.

11-27-2010, 12:05 AM
nice drawing of the old barn. Buildings and trees are not an easy subject for me either. I think yours came out well.

11-27-2010, 02:17 AM
The Weekly Drawing thread items are really well done. I have been thinking about doing the barn, so printed out a copy of the reference image and hope to get to it down the road.

11-27-2010, 09:32 AM
Buildings are very hard but weathered old barns are among my favorites. They have such a peaceful air and sense of character about them. Well done on this one. :)

11-27-2010, 03:26 PM
Chuck! Are you kidding me? You've never done a sketchbook before? OMG bruddah, You are a brilliant Demigod! I was blown out of the water looking at your drawings. You got skills! I can learn a lot from you.

11-27-2010, 09:39 PM
Thanks for the comments... lol thanks artyczar!

November Landscape Challenge
Somewhere on Prince Edward Island...

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11-27-2010, 09:44 PM
I think you're joking about not doing trees and barns. These look great.

11-27-2010, 10:21 PM
Nice job on the landscape! Another image from one of the events that I would like to do. It is definitely very typical Prince Edward Island. We went to the island on a motorcycle trip across Canada years ago - got on the island via the amazing Confederation Bridge and off on a ferry. One of the guys on our trip (now retired) was a ferry boat captain for our state ferry system, so we got to be in the wheelhouse during the ferry crossing.

11-28-2010, 12:46 AM
nice landscape. . . I think the trees look great in this and love the haybales

11-28-2010, 02:09 AM
Great job on the barn and farmland. You've caught the weathered look on the barn and I like the sense of distance and differences in mown grass and distant slope.

11-28-2010, 03:04 AM
A couple of nice rural scenes Chuck. :clap: Something about that last one has grabbed my eye (in a good way), but I'm not sure what it is...the abstract pattern??? I can't figure it out, but something good is happening there.

11-28-2010, 10:18 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.... John it must of been a great to see the island's landscape...

Weekly Drawing Thread Nov. 29 - Dec. 5
Country Road by Carlanna. Thanks Carla.

Graphite and brush.

11-28-2010, 10:39 PM
OMGosh, how did you get those lines on that windmill so perfect/straight!? You must have a very steady hand. That windmill is awesome and nice tree as well. . . wonderful drawing of that scene. Bravo!

11-29-2010, 04:24 PM
That is a marvelous sketch. Good job.

11-29-2010, 11:24 PM
Thanks Rainy & Debbie..:)

Since Picasso is in the news, went with his portrait.. my attempt:P
charcoal pencils and brush.

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11-29-2010, 11:38 PM
Good choice with the portrait of that self-confessed montebank (http://babailov.homestead.com/PicassoConf.html), he's looking serious, about to create another art genre no doubt!:D

You have made some nice images during the month, well done.

11-30-2010, 12:59 AM
Great portrait, Chuck!

We are lucky in Seattle to be one of only three cities in the US to host the Picasso exhibit while the museum in France is being renovated. My wife and I are members of the Seattle Art Museum, and so got to go to opening night at the exhibit. It was spectacular - covering the whole gamut of his work, including sketches and pre-Cubism pieces (plus sculptures). He was quite the character, with quite the ego. And a big, powerful guy - there were a couple pictures of him in his studio in the exhibit.

11-30-2010, 01:50 AM
nice portrait. . . such wonderful darks. Love the expression and the eye and the hair texture. basically, I like it all . . . :thumbsup:

11-30-2010, 07:35 PM
He's looking very intense. Good work rendering his expression.

11-30-2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.... :) Very cool John, I have been told Seattle has some great Museums, hopefully one day I will get to check them out, sounds like a great place to visit.

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11-30-2010, 11:19 PM
Happy horse. Very good!

12-01-2010, 11:50 PM
Thanks Debbie.... :)

I heard a commercial of Wonder Woman and couldn't get the song out of my head, and that eventually ended up in the sketchbook...:P

And still the music is in my head...Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world's waiting for you...

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12-02-2010, 12:29 AM
Have to admit, I always wonder how the super-heroines with long hair managed to keep it perfectly ordered when chasing bad guys around.

Great portrait.

12-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Your Picasso is awesome Chuck! A true classical drawing.


12-02-2010, 09:50 PM
Thanks Debbie and David...:)

Mairen from the Portrait Challenge - November and December 2010

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12-02-2010, 10:51 PM
Oh, wow! That hair is magnificent.

12-02-2010, 11:21 PM
Chuck, when I was a young man I used to enjoy watching Lynda Carter / Wonder Woman - for the great scripts and acting, of course.:D

Nice portraits.:clap:

12-03-2010, 02:47 AM
Wow these portraits are FABULOUS... the one of Picasso especially, the skin texture, the hair and shadowing are just stare-at-the-screen-for-ages worthy!

12-03-2010, 04:20 AM
Great Stuff Chuck! You are going really well ;)

12-03-2010, 11:16 PM
Thanks for the comments..:)

I just noticed one of Wonder Woman's eyes is off, it's weird how I don't see those things while drawing lol...

Went with Willy Wonka, kind of a rush job on this one, several features I would of liked to finish, such as the eyebrows etc. but that's how they all usually end up. :P

so far 64 days of sketching and 10 pages left..... :thumbsup:

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12-03-2010, 11:51 PM
Great job on the portraits, Chuck! Your have tremendous artistic range - from the cartoon horse to Wonder Woman...wow! :)

12-04-2010, 12:43 AM
Great portrait of Willy Wonka.

12-04-2010, 12:53 AM
Love that happy horse!

Great job on Willy Wonka

12-04-2010, 08:42 AM
:lol: I know what you mean about how you don't notice things till you step back from it - that is why scanning work is a nifty idea. I see things on the screen that I hadn't noticed previously (especially when tonal ranges aren't quite right).

I like Willy Wonka - he is very recognisable.

12-04-2010, 09:54 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

only spent a few minutes on this sketch, drawn with a blue crayon pencil, the scanner barely picked up the blue... edited it to black and white.

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12-04-2010, 10:43 PM
Happy little duck character. I really like that you can go back and forth between cartoons and real subjects.

12-05-2010, 02:18 AM
I hate to be an echo but I'll agree with what everyone else said - it's amazing to see you be able to go from cartoons (and a variety of different sorts) to portraits of all sorts and between!

12-05-2010, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the comments... :)

cartoons are fun to draw, I usually sketch them when not feeling an 1hr long sketch, or just to learn something new.

Captain Kirk, always been a Star Trek fan...
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12-06-2010, 12:54 AM
Just noticed I uploaded the wrong image, wish the edit time limit was a bit longer.

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12-06-2010, 12:57 AM
Nice job, Chuck! Wish he'd never started doing ads for PriceLine - it just doesn't seem like something Captain Kirk would do...!

12-06-2010, 02:49 AM
Awesome job getting Gene Wilder to look like Gene Wilder!

12-06-2010, 02:04 PM
Ah, a young Kirk. Very nice.

12-06-2010, 09:39 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

A little practice with the eyes.. 2b & 3b graphite pencils.

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12-06-2010, 11:37 PM
That one made me jump when it loaded on my screen!! :lol:
Very nicely drawn and realistic set of intense eyes! Whose eyes are they?

Love the ones of William Shatner . . . gotta ask, is Mr Spock next? He was my fav.

Nice Gene Wilder too. . . I laughed my ass off (or should I say toucas) when I saw Frisco Kid. You see that one?

12-07-2010, 03:23 AM
You are still kickin' ....um, goals!:clap:

Beam me up, Scotty.

12-07-2010, 05:34 PM
Very intense eyes. Spooky the way you faded into the background.

12-07-2010, 11:26 PM
Thanks for the comments... :)

lol Rainy, those eye's where loosely based on MD House.
Good ideal, Spock is next! It's been awhile since I've seen the Frisco Kid, think I remember Harrison Ford is in it too...

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12-08-2010, 12:00 AM
Chuck, I can totally see those as House's eyes. . . he does have that intense gaze! Cool. . . and yep, Harrison Ford was in Frisco Kid :)

Nice one of Spock. You really got that serious expression and love the hair! It is so Spock! Love it!

12-08-2010, 03:50 AM
Great stuff Chuck - those eyes freaked me out! I can see the resemblance to House.

This is a great sketchbook - you've tackled so many subjects - I wonder what we are going to see next..... ;)

12-08-2010, 10:15 PM
Totally illogical, Chuck. Boldly going....:clap:

You've inspired me, I have to draw Spock as one of my heads....I have a t-shirt with Spock on it, with text that says "Women are from Mars, Men are from Vulcan". It's getting old, but still one of my favourite rags to wear.

12-08-2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the comments..... seejay... think I remember seeing that shirt... or something like that. lol I wonder what we are going to see next..... ;) A squirrel gathering nuts... :)
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12-08-2010, 11:46 PM
love that expression. . . cute!

12-08-2010, 11:46 PM
Spock is so awesome. I half expected to see his hand making the vulcan "live long and prosper" sign.

That squirrel is late. The snow is already a foot deep. But, he's cute.

12-09-2010, 12:21 AM
Love the eyes, Chuck! (And the other sketches as well, including the happy squirrel.) I have to say that the eyes triggered a Gary Larson 'Far Side' comic in my mind immediately. The first panel showed a lab tech looking through a microscope at a slide of sperm. The second panel was from the sperms' point of view, looking up the microscope optics at the humongous eye looking down at them. The sperm were all panicked, shouting, "The EYE! The EYE!!"

12-09-2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

lol John, I would of liked to seen that comic...

Went with a chipmunk this time, instead of searching for nuts like the squirrel, he is helping with decorations....

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12-09-2010, 11:34 PM
Your cartoons are incredibly well done!

12-10-2010, 09:24 PM
Thanks John.....:) I enjoy drawing the cartoon characters, I really need much more practice at it.... so many I haven't tried too.

This is a quick self portrait.... It doesn't really look like me, first I was just going to draw my nose but started adding a little here and there. About 15 min. sketch.. scary looking guy!

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12-10-2010, 09:27 PM
Cute chipmunk decorator.

Your self portrait looks good.

12-10-2010, 11:12 PM
This is a quick self portrait.... scary looking guy!

It's hard to get away from that serious look when it's your own head, I like it. :clap:

12-10-2010, 11:23 PM
I think this came out fine, Chuck. We did a number of self-portraits in the drawing (and painting) classes I took and both instructors indicated that self-portraits almost always look intense because of the concentration of the artist.

Selina Designs
12-11-2010, 11:50 AM
I, too love the eyes! Very intense and well-drawn.

12-11-2010, 01:57 PM
very COOL self portrait. . . I always love seeing those and it seems the artist always doesn't care for them much. I love it! And the chipmunk in adorable with that ornament! Is that little guy sneaking away with it or is he helping to decorate :)

12-11-2010, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the comments.... the one great thing about self portraits, is that one doesn't need plastic surgery. :P

Almost done with the sketchbook, may finish it off with two drawings tomorrow, I don't like to end things on odd dates.:crossfingers:

My hand posing.... though I'm not left handed.

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12-11-2010, 11:50 PM
a very talented model. Great shading on the arm/hand and the fingernail is so shiny and well done!

Good luck with finishing up the book tomorrow

12-12-2010, 12:17 AM
Nice hand model.

I don't like to end things on odd dates. Hmm, somewhere in the world it will be an odd date....you better cross your fingers and toes!:D

12-12-2010, 01:28 AM
Nice job! Hands are tough subjects, especially holding something.

12-12-2010, 02:05 AM
:clap: Good for you tackling a self portrait - I find that too scary a subject :lol: I agree with Rainy - I don't think many artists actually like their self portraits even though they look fine to others.

Nice chipmunks too :)

12-12-2010, 06:39 PM
Great drawing of your hand and arm.

12-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone...:)

Finally the last pages.... 73 days of sketching!
This is the most I ever sketched, it used to be once a month or once a week... and that was just CGI stuff, hardly ever on paper. :P

Now to debate my next sketchbook.... hmmmm

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12-12-2010, 10:32 PM
Congrats on the finish. "The End" of the cow made me smile. So how do you like having a regular sketchbook now?

12-13-2010, 10:52 AM
Good job in finishing, and developing a great new habit, Chuck! Look forward to the next one. How's it feel to be udderly complete? :)

12-13-2010, 02:13 PM
Love 'the end' :) very cute. . . and a big thumbs up to you on the finish. Well done. . . a beautiful sketchbook to look back on.

12-13-2010, 09:46 PM
:clap: Well done. :clap:

Looking forward to seeing your next book....:D

12-13-2010, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the comments, it does feel good to finish my 1st sketchbook. I think I'm going to stash it away for a couple of years or maybe hang it on the wall lol.

My next sketchbook is going to be a cream 120 page canson 90lb 9x12... I have so many cheap color pencils waiting to be used, may try them out in it.

12-14-2010, 05:15 PM
:lol: at John!

Congratulations Chuck - what an achievement!! It will certainly be a great sketchbook to look back on, full of variety ;)

12-19-2010, 03:06 AM
hey that's interesting about poi.... the only poi that I know is the type you spin with socks... but yeah, non-purebred to me is A1 sauce, dunno where I got that from...

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I wonder if it is because of the phrase "Heinz 57" that is used to describe a persons heritage. And you use both on stake... just a thought. love the drawings!:clap:

12-19-2010, 04:15 PM
I wonder if it is because of the phrase "Heinz 57" that is used to describe a persons heritage. And you use both on stake... just a thought. love the drawings!:clap:

Bluefly that does make sense.... I must be a Heinz 57, I'm part Irish German Indian..... :D though I would never refer people as steak sauce lol... just my mixed breed of dogs:)

12-19-2010, 09:50 PM
Love the eyes and great drawings and cartoons.

Terrific self protrait and great how it stands out with the shading.. The model never stays still when I use that one.

12-20-2010, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the comments, it does feel good to finish my 1st sketchbook. I think I'm going to stash it away for a couple of years or maybe hang it on the wall lol.

My next sketchbook is going to be a cream 120 page canson 90lb 9x12... I have so many cheap color pencils waiting to be used, may try them out in it. Congrats on finishing your first sketchbook. I'm looking forward to your next journey in the cream coloured book :)