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10-01-2010, 05:20 PM
Ok here we go, I never done a sketch book before, so this challenge is going to be all fun and new to me. The main goal is to do a sketch everyday and at least spend an hour working on it.

The sketch book I'm using is a Daler 8.5x11" 65lb 80 pages, the pencils are by Daler too, all from Wally World... it's a long drive to any major art supply store:P I don't know if I can fill this book up in one month, would at least have to do 3 sketches a day.... Maybe my sketching process will speed up or I might try some very fast sketches before the end of the month...

My scanner is down and out, will be using a camera...
Here's the front cover.... since it's an October, thinking I might draw a witch or some pumpkins on the front...


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1 hour sketch....

Vivien Maloney
10-01-2010, 05:27 PM
Good start to your sketchbook Chuck. Great skull drawing, you have the values well resolved and it has a very 3 dimensional quality.

Isn't it interesting to see the variety of sketchbooks that are being used? I like the A4 size you're using.

10-01-2010, 05:35 PM
great skull drawing. . . very fitting for October's first page!

10-01-2010, 07:55 PM
FANTASTIC sketch, LOVE the shadowing and deapth in tone.
Fantastic looking sketchbook and an excellent idea for the month!!!!

10-01-2010, 08:26 PM
Very nice job on the skull, Chuck! Was it drawn from a skull or from a photo?

10-01-2010, 08:35 PM
Wonderful skull. Now I'm afraid to try mine :(

10-01-2010, 08:40 PM
Wonderful skull, definitely a great first page for the month of October, very fitting. :) I say go for the witch on the cover ;)

10-01-2010, 08:44 PM
Great start Chuck! I like pencil sketches - this is good stuff. I like the way we are all setting our own goals, it is good to have something to aim for and this is a good project for getting into good habits ;)

10-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Splendid skull drawing.

10-02-2010, 01:47 AM
great sense of 3 dimensions there :)

10-02-2010, 01:49 AM
Chuck, the skull is great! Good start to a spooky October sketchbook. Cool if you put some pumpkins or other bright seasonal things on the cover.

10-02-2010, 03:06 AM
great skull! love the shading :)

10-02-2010, 03:15 AM
great start!

10-02-2010, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, I will get around later tonight and reply, and comment on as many sketchbooks as I can.

It's crazy to see Christmas and Halloween stuff next to each other in stores....

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10-02-2010, 06:54 PM
The skull rocks! So does SAnta!!!

10-02-2010, 07:11 PM
Ahh. It's way too early for them to be bringing Christmas stuff out. It seems earlier and earlier every year. But that's besides the point, nice Santa :)

10-02-2010, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, I will get around later tonight and reply, and comment on as many sketchbooks as I can.

It's crazy to see Christmas and Halloween stuff next to each other in stores....

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This is a great Santa! Well done. Clean, perfect lines, soft shading, it's elegant. Yep, I see that juxtaposition in stores all the time.

10-02-2010, 08:37 PM
Christmas stuff out before Halloween! yep, sounds about right.

10-02-2010, 09:14 PM
AMAZING Santa, and yes I can see the "wierdness" of having Halloween and Christmas stuff out together!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 09:19 PM
Nicely done Santa. Yup, it's weird. Actually, I saw Christmas stuff out before school started in September.

10-02-2010, 09:42 PM
Nicely done Santa. Yup, it's weird. Actually, I saw Christmas stuff out before school started in September.

Yep me too!!!!!:eek:

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-02-2010, 10:54 PM
Fab start! I totally agree about the Christmas stuff, I saw Christmas cookie magazines at the grocery in September.

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 02:55 AM
good work on the skull and santa :)

I must be going blind, I didn't see any halloween or christmas stuff out when I went to the store the other day .. though I usually don't see anything unless I am looking for it.

Chuck, I recently got 2 of the same sketchbook that you are using and was thinking of using it for this challenge but didn't. Do you like it? How is the paper in it?

10-03-2010, 08:20 AM
Great work on both of them - especially on the skull though, love the shading and 'pop' effect!

10-03-2010, 09:12 AM
I agree...Halloween and Christmas together is strange...but, hey, it worked for Tim Burton in Nightmare before Christmas! ;)

your Santa is great..classic look, I think his eys are just perfect, they look like they have that "twinkle"! ...you should make some Christmas cards from this :)

10-03-2010, 12:35 PM
Excellent work! Love both sketches! I like the skull, very good shadowing!

Joan T
10-03-2010, 02:22 PM
Chuck - Good start to your sketchbook!!! Nice shading on the skull and great smiling Santa.

10-03-2010, 08:09 PM
Great start. Jolly ole Saint Nick..... already???? Eeeek!!! :) :) :)

10-03-2010, 08:32 PM
Thanks Guys...:wave:

Was it drawn from a skull or from a photo? It was drawn from a plastic skull, I kind of winged it some. :)

Chuck, I recently got 2 of the same sketchbook that you are using and was thinking of using it for this challenge but didn't. Do you like it? How is the paper in it?
I like the sketchbook, however it's the 1st and only one I ever tried, the paper is some what smooth, the heavy pencils will not erase on it... it'll do for now. :thumbsup:

Didn't know what to draw:P... so I broke out the old Preston Blair book. I wanted to keep the sketchbook as a seasonal type theme but wasn't feeling it today. I guess there will be some randomness in this sketchbook.

My arms where sore from push mowing today, couldn't draw a straight line---/--\-- at all... it was a challenge.

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10-03-2010, 08:45 PM
Well used book. And, good practice. It's a sketchbook, it can be for any stuff you want. The bulldog is splendid.

10-04-2010, 12:21 AM
What a great dog - well done!

10-04-2010, 12:35 AM
Love the bulldog. Hey it's your sketchbook and you can change the theme or decide not to do one at all. The only themed sketchbook I have ever done was a book of pictures of Beatrice my pit bull. The sound of the pencil lulls her to sleep when she is fretful.

10-04-2010, 12:24 PM
I really like Santa and the others. It is good to have the book as a tool to give you practice and ideas!

Joan T
10-04-2010, 01:17 PM
Great job on the bulldog sketch! Keep 'em comin'.

10-04-2010, 01:35 PM
Nice, Chuck! I espeically like page 3! :)

10-04-2010, 05:55 PM
Thanks Guys.... :wave:

Here is my real dog, part Australian Sheppard and A1 sauce...
His name is Tippy... he is some what high maintenance, and has a great personality.

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10-04-2010, 05:57 PM
Tippy is adorable. I like the subtle begging stance.

10-04-2010, 06:23 PM
Great sketch, full of expression and I love the subtleness of your line and tone :)

10-04-2010, 08:47 PM
Great portrait, gorgeous dog Chuck! Your shading really makes him come to life on the page

10-05-2010, 01:44 AM
What a great looking pooch, Chuck! I've always admired Australian Shepherds, but never had one. My wife is from Hawaii originally, and there they call non-purebred dogs 'poi dogs' - all mixed up, like poi is (personally, I think poi is like wallpaper paste!). :)

10-05-2010, 02:03 AM
wow. your sketch of Tippy is wonderful, so much expression in those eyes.

10-05-2010, 08:17 AM
I like the bulldog, and Tippy sketch is wonderful - very nice work!

10-05-2010, 09:30 AM
Aw, love the picture of Tippy! (And I'd say that even if I weren't Australian Shepherd obsessed! LOL)

10-05-2010, 07:46 PM
Thanks Guy's.... yeah the Australian Sheppard is my favorite breed, I have two of them...one is Tippy, the other is Lucky, I'll try to add Lucky sometime... both are great pups.

What a great looking pooch, Chuck! I've always admired Australian Shepherds, but never had one. My wife is from Hawaii originally, and there they call non-purebred dogs 'poi dogs' - all mixed up, like poi is (personally, I think poi is like wallpaper paste!). :)
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...

Here we have Sitting Bull, it turned out to be too much work for a sketch...

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10-05-2010, 07:51 PM
Cool! Hey, whatever and however you want to use your sketchbook is up to you - I am taking my drawings as far as I can then giving up on them :lol:

Your tonal work is great, looking forward to the next one :)

10-05-2010, 07:51 PM
Very nice, Chuck! That bulldog, is he from that cartoon, Tom & Jerry? I can't remember, but he looks very familiar. I just love drawing cartoons!!

10-05-2010, 11:04 PM
wonderful Indian and dog too!

10-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Nice Sitting Bull drawing, Chuck! Indians often make such great portrait subjects - tremendous character and wisdom in their faces.

10-06-2010, 01:01 AM
Such an intense expression on that face.

10-06-2010, 01:11 AM
Native American portraits are often intense. Brilliant job.

10-07-2010, 02:26 AM
Thanks guys........:)

Very nice, Chuck! That bulldog, is he from that cartoon, Tom & Jerry? I can't remember, but he looks very familiar. I just love drawing cartoons!!
I think he went by the name Spike in Tom & Jerry, he may have looked a little different with other artist... probably had other names too.

I bought some Crayola colored erasable pencils today... these would be great for a 1st layer, getting shapes in ect. I like that they don''t smudge any when erased and that they're lite in color.

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10-07-2010, 05:35 AM
Cool! Like the way you used the tone to describe the sphere ;)

10-07-2010, 06:56 AM
Such wonderful cartooning. Crayolas are underapreciated. I got a small set for dragging around for use in my sketchbook.

10-07-2010, 08:54 AM
wonderful native american portrait. . . just beautiful! But Tippy is my favorite. . . I just adore dog drawings and yours is fantastic. LOVE IT

10-08-2010, 12:00 AM
Thanks everyone....:wave:

Went with a crow today...
I think this is the longest run that I've consecutively sketched... I usually just draw once a week or when in the mood...

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10-08-2010, 12:03 AM
Nice crow, Chuck! You got the bill spot on...something I have trouble with.

10-08-2010, 12:18 AM
Marvelous lion. That crow looks very pleased with himself.

WC Lee
10-08-2010, 03:37 AM
doing good :) Spike and the lion cartoons looks very well drawn. We have the same habit of sketching once a week, sometimes not even :lol:

10-08-2010, 05:30 AM
good stuff - Robert has achieved his aim! The idea behind this challenge was to get us all to sketch more regularly and it is working so far (one week in and we are going great guns!)

I like the crow sketch - birds can be quite a tough subject I think ;)

10-08-2010, 12:27 PM
wow Chuck, this is some awesome work! I think you should continue to sketch more often, you are quite good at it! :)

10-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Great pages, the crow is a real winner for me.

10-08-2010, 03:58 PM
Nice work on the crow. . . I used to be like that of only drawing once in a while until May 2010. Robert posted something (and I don't even remember what now) and motivated me to draw or paint every day. Its really made a diference I think.

10-08-2010, 07:39 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone, glad I found Robert's challenge, it is something I needed to push myself, eventually I want to paint a lot...

Here's another Indian study.... Medicine Crow.
The 1st layer was sketched out quickly with a blue crayon erasable, the rest was smudge out with pencil and charcoal...

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10-08-2010, 08:10 PM
Stunning portrait. You have a way with these Native American faces.

10-08-2010, 10:05 PM
Very dramatic - a very powerful profile that you have captured really well! ;)

10-08-2010, 11:24 PM
Looks like a well used and loved book!
The Bulldog is FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Ohhhhhh Tippy is just STUNNING, just LOVe those eyes!
Sitting Bull is fabulous!!!!!! GORGEOUS facial expression.
FANTASTIC Lion on Ball, excellent shading.
Oh WOW - That Crow is soooooo good, EXCELLENT details and shading!
I LOVE Medicine Crow, the subtle shading and again that facial features is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 02:09 AM
Great portrait, Chuck!

10-09-2010, 12:11 PM
Nice job on the shading on the cheek.

10-09-2010, 08:22 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone... :wave:

This is a deer skull that I found a few years ago with it's nose chewed off by some critter. May try different perspectives later on with it....

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10-09-2010, 08:27 PM
great drawings!

10-09-2010, 08:42 PM
Cool skull with the antlers still attached.

10-09-2010, 09:27 PM
Love Love LOVE the portrait of Medicine Crow.

10-10-2010, 12:46 AM
Medicine Crow is just the most beautiful portrait.

The deer skull certainly makes for an interesting subject!

Vivien Maloney
10-10-2010, 04:22 AM
You have some great sketches here! Love your Indian ones and your dog "Tippy" sketch. I can see the Australian Shepherd breed in your dog.

10-10-2010, 05:46 PM
You're going great with this challenge. Its good to see the different approaches with different subject matter. Something about that crow you did I really like. I've never heard of the Crayola erasables, and I see they would be a useful sketching supply.

10-10-2010, 06:01 PM
What an excellent sketch of Sitting Bull and the other native studies- Wow! Beautiful work~

10-10-2010, 07:15 PM
The deer skull is lovely but LOVE Medicine Crow - such a deep face!

10-10-2010, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone...:wave:

I went with Spike again.... didn't have much time to decide what to draw, but it was fun trying to draw him again...

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10-10-2010, 10:09 PM
Good job on Spike, and I really like the deer skull! Skull studies are great drawing exercises - I've done them in several classes now. I suspect the nose just decomposed rather than getting eaten. Noses are cartilage, rather than bone, and so disappear way before the bone does (as with human skulls which just have the hole where the nose used to be).

10-11-2010, 03:30 PM
That's a portly fellow, Spike :)

10-11-2010, 04:48 PM
Good rendition of Spike.

10-11-2010, 08:58 PM
cool! You are getting into a regular habit with the sketchbook now?!

10-11-2010, 10:30 PM
Thanks everyone...:wave:

I suspect the nose just decomposed rather than getting eaten. Noses are cartilage, rather than bone, and so disappear way before the bone does (as with human skulls which just have the hole where the nose used to be).
Hey right on, I didn't think about the cartilage... Thanks

cool! You are getting into a regular habit with the sketchbook now?!

I think so, it's some what relaxing spending an hour sketching everyday. I'm feeling a little more comfortable going into a sketch too. :)

Went with a rooster today, I have been thinking about getting some bantam chickens lately, depending on how much feed is, nothing better than fresh eggs.

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10-11-2010, 10:40 PM
Very nice rooster, Chuck! He looks like he considers himself king of the chicken coop. Seems like lots of folks are getting chickens these days. I suspect chicken feed has increased in price a lot - bird seed has, largely due to the demand for crops for ethanol for biofuels.

10-12-2010, 02:41 PM
very nice. I like the indians and the chicken

10-12-2010, 09:59 PM
That's a mighty fine rooster.

If the chickens are free range, the feed will be less. And you can supplement that with vegetable scraps from your own meals, again decreasing the amount of feed you need to buy.

10-12-2010, 10:16 PM
great sketches, and such an interesting variety

10-12-2010, 11:18 PM
Thanks everyone....

I had another busy day and went with Spike again, he is my go to guy when I can't think of anything to draw.:D

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10-13-2010, 05:08 PM
You draw Spike very well in different poses.

10-13-2010, 10:13 PM
Thanks DrDebby... Spike was from a reference, he was already posing for me:) hopefully after a few more sketches of him I will not need one..

After looking at so many photos of Indians lately, I did this without a reference, just winged it to see where it would go.

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10-13-2010, 10:20 PM
Pretty good for winging it, Chuck! I doubt I could do this well using a reference...!

10-14-2010, 12:41 AM
WOW - no reference?! Your regular drawing is starting to pay off already! :)

10-14-2010, 10:46 AM
Chuck, I think we're both a lot alike when it comes to illustration/cartooning! I love Spike.

10-14-2010, 09:43 PM
This is winging it!?! Wow!

10-14-2010, 10:14 PM
Thanks everyone... :)

Went with an Osprey today, something about birds of prey that I like....
the picture looks a little blurry.

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10-15-2010, 12:07 AM
Very good job, Chuck! I know Ospreys extremely well - they are amazing birds. Every year for the past 25 years I've taken a float trip with two buddies down the Deschutes River in central Oregon. It is a world class trout and steelhead river, and consequently has a very large and healthy population of Osprey. We love to watch them fishing - they are very good at it. If you're interested in seeing some photos of both adult and almost-fledged birds, you can check out my photo website at www.tubbsphoto.com (http://www.tubbsphoto.com), click on the Birds & Critters Gallery, then Raptors, and page through there.

10-15-2010, 12:10 AM
Hi Chuckcamo,

ALL of these DRAWINGS are absoluetly STUNNING, and I LOVE each and everyone of them. There isn't one that I can pick over the other!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-15-2010, 10:00 PM
Thanks John and Stacey...

John that is a great collection of photos, it must of been awesome to see those guys fish... Excellent photography too, wish I knew how to get in close to a few hawks and owls that live in these thick woods here, they seem to spook easy.

A quick skull study...

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10-16-2010, 12:19 AM
uploaded the wrong image... I guess the edit button expires after so long?
This is one of those images I would throw away.... wasn't feeling artsy today. :(

I think the nose is too wide, the skull was to big, the jaw and teeth needs some work ect...

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10-16-2010, 12:45 AM
The osprey is marvelous.

But in spite of all that you think is wrong, the skull looks really happy.

10-16-2010, 03:00 AM
Thanks Dr.Debby...

I took the jaw off because it was a train wreck... one last render and I'm going to forget about this one lol...


10-16-2010, 06:23 PM
Another study on the skull...:eek:

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10-16-2010, 08:51 PM
All looks fine with me! At least you are still drawing and further ingraining the habit - good stuff!

10-17-2010, 01:16 AM
Great job on this skull, Chuck! Very realistically rendered and nicely modeled.

10-17-2010, 12:31 PM
Wonderful finger bones.

10-17-2010, 04:20 PM
I like the detail in your skulls and fingerbone sketches.

The osprey in flight is a fabulous sketch, I live a long way from the coast so don't get to see them a lot, but they are a wonderful bird.

10-17-2010, 06:31 PM
Great job on the skull and finger bones.

10-17-2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks Guys...:wave:

Later I'm going to watch London After Midnight, so my quick attempt at... The Man of a Thousand Faces.

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10-18-2010, 08:06 PM
I ended up watching Phantom of The Opera, was thinking it's London After Midnight:P

went with the classic Frankenstein scribble...

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10-19-2010, 12:36 AM
Spooky cool drawings.

10-19-2010, 12:39 AM
Great skull and finger bone studies. I like the shaded one without the jawbone, but you solved your jawbone problems on the line drawings perfectly. Fantastic theme for Halloween with the old movie portraits too, the Man of a Thousand Faces looks properly mad and Frankenstein's sad creature looks wonderfully tragic. Both of them you really captured their character as well as looks. Keep going!

10-19-2010, 02:36 AM
Nice job on the appropriate portrait subjects for the season...!

10-19-2010, 11:16 PM
Thanks Guys...

Janet Leigh, in Psycho... again I had a few problems in proportions and detail... it would take to long to fix...

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10-20-2010, 12:36 PM
Uh oh - here are faces from scary movies. Best I view these sketches at 9am rather than 11pm :)

10-20-2010, 06:43 PM
Wow! You got the screaming gal just right! That's fantastic. Wonderful graphite drawing, almost a graphite painting. Great expression. That's one of the hardest ones to do, and you captured her scream perfectly.

10-20-2010, 08:26 PM
love the direction you are going - those faces are suitably spooky!

10-20-2010, 09:49 PM
Thanks guys... tis the season for Halloween sketches:)

I've never done so many portraits!!! Before starting this thread I've probably done about 3 portraits in my life time. I have no clue what I'm doing lol... but it's fun!

Went with Bride of Frankenstein...

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10-20-2010, 09:50 PM
Wonderful. I love the way you captured her looking up, her profile's gorgeous. Well done!

10-20-2010, 10:21 PM
For not knowing how to do portraits, you are doing a great job. The scream reads to true. Love the hair on Bride of Frankenstein.

10-21-2010, 12:20 AM
Good work on the portraits, especially given they're a new subject to you!

Joan T
10-21-2010, 04:17 PM
Congrats for keeping this up for so long! You have such a variety...from Tippy and his nicely textured coat, to the rooster, the skulls, and the eerie portraits of the classic horror stars. Great job!

10-21-2010, 04:47 PM
great portraits. . . that thousand faces one is real scary!

10-21-2010, 08:08 PM
I love the classic horror portraits, especially Frankensteins monster.

10-22-2010, 12:04 AM
Thanks guys...

I had one of those long days, but got my scanner fixed up and a sketch in. :)
No more yellow images lol...

Went with... The Shining, Jack Nicholson.... :eek:

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10-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Great job on Jack, Chuck! You've captured that manic/genius look that Jack has patented. Never saw The Shining (my wife did, and swore off horror movies forever), but every time I see this look, I think Jack in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest handing the basketball to the giant patient, and saying as only Jack can, 'Noww, I want you to turn arowwnd and put the balll in the baaasket!'

10-22-2010, 08:36 AM
Excellent sketches! Your skulls, Indians, and other portraits are super! You have a lot of Halloweeny type subjects in there. :-)

10-22-2010, 01:03 PM
One of my favorites! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! This rocks. You captured his expression perfectly. This series of horror movie portraits is a lot of fun, you capture so much depth in each of the characters and every one of them is something where I'm very familiar with the story and the original movie. That's so cool! Keep going!

10-22-2010, 05:51 PM
Eek! Well done, he's scary.

10-22-2010, 05:56 PM
Ahhh another reason to view your thread a looong loong time before I go to bed :)

10-22-2010, 08:47 PM
Thanks guys....
Jack Nicholson is one my favorite actors, think I've seen almost every show he's done.... his facial features can be fun to draw...

Went with Grandpa... When I was kid, we would watch The Munsters after school... I always loved how the Munsters thought they where normal.... lol

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10-22-2010, 09:48 PM
you captured him perfectly! I liked that show as a kid, too!

10-23-2010, 01:36 AM
Grandpa Munster is great! You caught his character perfectly along with the likeness, he was always so mellow! I liked both The Munsters and The Addams Family, they were fantastic.

10-23-2010, 05:01 PM
Well done. Very well done.

10-23-2010, 10:27 PM
Thanks guys...

Rob I'm a fan of the Addams family too...:thumbsup: I even watched it today. :)

Went with master of the household Gomez Addams...aka John Astin.

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10-23-2010, 10:53 PM
Love the mustache.

10-24-2010, 01:33 AM
another great job. . . you got the expression perfect. Its just as I remember him.

10-24-2010, 04:11 PM
I am so enjoying these classic horror portraits (or not so horror LOL)

10-24-2010, 07:47 PM
Thanks everyone....:)

I remember the hype with the Blair Witch Project, I wasn't to impressed by it when it 1st came out, but watching it the second time around I found some appreciation for what was presented as a real "documentary" lol... and still we see movies like this, example: Joaquin Phoenix “I’m Still Here” ... :eek:

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10-24-2010, 09:06 PM
I remember that scene. . . watched it with my daughters during all the hype when it came out. Nice! You capture the scary!

10-25-2010, 08:25 PM
WOW! I haven't looked in for a few days and I can't believe what I have missed!

Chuck, you are a natural with the portraits - each one is recognisable and the last one is great - you've captured not only the likeness but the tension. I think you've found a new calling ;)

10-25-2010, 08:40 PM
Blair witch! You took one of the most parodied scenes and gave it new scarylicious life YAY

10-26-2010, 12:49 AM
Thanks Guys....

I didn't have much time to draw today and went with Scooby-Doo... I gotta have Scooby-Doo in there:)

My arms where killing me from a gym workout, weights and drawing don't mix... RUH ROH!!!

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6B Prang pencil

10-26-2010, 12:51 AM
ha, I love ScoobyDoo! You got his silly mixed up expression spot on!

10-26-2010, 12:55 AM
LOL I loved Scooby-Doo too, that fits! That's too great. Fantastic sketch for the Blair Witch Project too. You've been really having a good time. Gomez is magnificent - exactly as I remember him!

If you want another challenge... how about zombies? I can think of so many great films with zombies, from Night of the Living Dead on up to the newest zombie-fests. That'd be a challenge, all those patchy tones, bits of skin coming off, puffiness done accurately and still look real... bits of bone showing, goo... have fun!

Joan T
10-26-2010, 03:08 PM
Love the one from the Shining. These are great!

10-26-2010, 05:48 PM
Awesome Scooby. Scary face. These are so thematically wonderful.

10-26-2010, 08:24 PM
RUH ROH! :lol:

10-26-2010, 08:40 PM
Thanks everyone....:)

Went with, Night of the Living Dead...
it must of been a really good horror movie back in the 60's, it's just as good as the remakes and the latest stuff we have now, one of those shows you never forget.

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10-26-2010, 10:54 PM
Oh my! That is frightening. Very good.

10-27-2010, 03:08 AM
went back over it and touched it up some....

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10-27-2010, 10:25 AM
More nice work on the portraits, Chuck! And Scooby Doo do look good...! :)

10-27-2010, 09:51 PM
Thanks JTMB and DrDebby....:wave:

Today I went with Alfred Hitchcock, the man behind some great work.

My style has changed since I started this thread, from just using pencils to mixing it up with willow charcoal.. Now I lightly draw the shape with a HB pencil and use a paint brush for the charcoal... the process is a little quicker too.

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Vivien Maloney
10-27-2010, 10:39 PM
Interesting use of charcoal, it works very well for you. Wow, that's a terrific Alfred Hitchcock portrait. Looks just like him.

10-27-2010, 10:56 PM
Great Hitchcock portrait. Interesting that your style has changed. Do you think you'll keep it?

10-28-2010, 12:51 AM
great likeness of him and interesting that you use a paintbrush with the charcoal! I never have heard of that before. . . it sure works well for you. How do you do it? Do you put use the brush to blend it or do you actually brush on the charcoal onto the paper with the brush?

10-28-2010, 10:30 PM
Thanks everyone...

DrDebby so far it's a keeper... I didn't have much of a style to start off with, most of my past work has been done in photoshop, I've rarely done anything on paper until now. I'm liking this more than digital... Maybe mix the two later, there is so many techniques to learn and keep:)

RainySea I use a separate piece of paper and rub or crush the charcoal into a powder, then brush it on the drawing... I also rub the charcoal on the drawing for the dark's then go over with a brush to blend... plus use a kneaded eraser for lights and a pencil for detail, but I'm findng the pencil part to be time consuming.... I sometimes fudge up the sketch with details.

Today I went with Christopher Lee, Count Dracula... this one was stuff as I wasn't feeling the artsy mood...

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10-28-2010, 11:46 PM
love the new process you are using!
painting with the charcoal produces such a wonderful effect

Your skill with the portraits is amazing! Hitchcock is just superb, and I love the contrast between the softness of the painted charcoal and the hardness of the lines in the Christopher Lee/Dracula portrait.

10-28-2010, 11:58 PM

10-28-2010, 11:59 PM
very cool method you have devised. . . I like your style. I agree with Epoch, I like the contrasts in the Dracula portrait. Have you seen the one with Jack Palance as Dracula? He has an interesting face, I think. . . could maybe be fun to draw.

10-29-2010, 06:21 AM
Wow. :o

That Hitchcock portrait is just stunning

10-29-2010, 12:00 PM
I like scooby and hitchcock. Charcoal sure can be faster than graphite - hey? :)

10-29-2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks everyone...

Have you seen the one with Jack Palance as Dracula? He has an interesting face, I think. . . could maybe be fun to draw.
I may have seen that show when I was a kid... that sounds like a good one to find and watch... I agree Jack Palance would be fun and interesting to draw.

Today went with Vincent Price... last night I watch one of his shows, An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe... Good old fashioned horror stories...:eek:

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10-29-2010, 09:58 PM
These are fantastic! All four of them. The zombie looks truly eerie, very chilling. Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Lee's Dracula and Vincent Price are all great favorites of mine. This series is magnificent! Thank you!

10-29-2010, 10:48 PM
Not complete without a version of Dracula. Ooh Vincent Price. Brilliant.

10-30-2010, 07:13 PM
Excellent stuff Chuck. I can so relate to the comment re not feeling the artsy mood! When I feel like that it seems that everything that I touch turns to crap lol! Your sketchbook looks like a winner though ;)

10-30-2010, 08:24 PM
Thanks guys...

Excellent stuff Chuck. I can so relate to the comment re not feeling the artsy mood! When I feel like that it seems that everything that I touch turns to crap lol! Your sketchbook looks like a winner though ;)
thanks... I had a lot of those not so artsy days this month, like right now lol... Most of these sketches I had to force myself mentally... and that's been a challenge to do everyday, but after getting past the 1st 15 minutes of the sketch it goes away, and then all is good... I try not to let it get to me if it turns out crap, I'll just think the next day will be better lol... repeat cycle.:lol:

Went with Igor, the hunchback assistance of Young Frankenstein... Marty Feldman.

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10-30-2010, 09:22 PM
He's perfect. Great job.

10-30-2010, 10:27 PM
Wonderful Vincient Price. . . wow. You are awesome at capturing their likeness exact shape of noses, etc. Great eye on Igor!

10-31-2010, 01:37 AM
Wonderful! Igor rocks! I love Marty Feldman, he's hilarious, he's also who I think of whenever I read Terry Pratchett and run into one of the Igors.

10-31-2010, 03:05 AM
More great portraits, Chuck! My favorite is good old bug-eyed Marty Feldman.

10-31-2010, 11:23 AM
I just love your portraits! wonderful job on Vincent Price, and Marty Feldmen has the funny/creepy vibe for sure! :clap:

10-31-2010, 07:10 PM
Great stuff! I agree with the others - you are doing really well at capturing likenesses :)

10-31-2010, 08:25 PM
Thanks everyone, it's been great hanging out in the Journal Thread with all of you...:wave:

Here is the last image for the month....
I didn't fill up my sketchbook, which would of been impossible for me at 80 pages... but I did achieve one goal and that was to draw everyday this month... 31 pages! :)

Scooby Doo for the finish.... :wave:

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11-01-2010, 12:02 AM
Hooray! Scooby is terrific. Congrats on drawing every day in the month. You'll continue the "draw one page a day" with us in November, yes?

11-01-2010, 01:49 AM
Hooray! Scooby is terrific. Congrats on drawing every day in the month. You'll continue the "draw one page a day" with us in November, yes?
I'm thinking about it... Maybe I should continue this thread into November, instead of having 2 threads?

Here is a sketch I did after scooby doo.... A cartoon version of Bride of Frankenstein... done on a wacom...


11-01-2010, 10:41 AM
what a great accomplishment Chuck, congrats! :clap:

the Scooby/Shaggy and the Bride of Frankenstein are great! It's wonderful to see your skill in drawing both cartoon and realistic portraits, you've kept me amazed :)

11-01-2010, 05:42 PM
Love your cartoon work. Great job on both sketches.

11-01-2010, 11:31 PM
November Challenge "Page-A-Day"

November 01

I'm going to try the Nov. challenge, and try to finish off this sketchbook, in this thread. :)

Random face sketch, no reference... charcoal and some pencils.

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11-02-2010, 12:32 AM
cool. . . like the shadow

11-02-2010, 01:20 AM
Scooby is a great way to finish the month and celebrate Halloween - very nicely done! The charcoal portrait is nice as well.

11-02-2010, 02:51 AM
oops I deleted my image in imageshack again! The right click view image is next to the delete button!:( note: no more right clicks in imageshack!!!

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11-02-2010, 04:12 AM
You've done this sort of thing before!:D :clap: Looking forward to the rest of November...


11-02-2010, 06:11 PM
Thanks seejay.. :)


Scooby-Do VS Spike

Page 33 not 32? :eek: breaks out eraser....

11-02-2010, 06:17 PM
lol. . . very cute. and Scooby actually looks cross in this rather than goofy :0

You do cartoons so well. ..

11-03-2010, 01:07 AM
nice :) ....and I'm cheering for Scooby!

11-03-2010, 04:52 AM
Go Scooby! He always was my favorite cartoon character! :D

11-03-2010, 05:11 AM
maybe Spike stole Scooby's hamburger??!! :lol:

Joan T
11-03-2010, 10:48 AM
Glad you're going to continue this one. Your portraits are great...love the one of Igor!!!

11-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Thanks everyone...:wave:

This will be my last image this week, I'm going on a vacation road trip... will continue to sketch everyday, and see you all next week...:)

This is Mairen in the Portrait Challenge - November 2010

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11-03-2010, 09:36 PM
oh I love road trips! have a wonderful and safe time!

your latest portrait is great! :) love the softness to it and the shading

11-04-2010, 01:00 AM
Nice job on the portrait, Chuck! Have fun on the road trip -my favorite type of vacation. My wife and I rode Harleys for a number of years, and in 2002 we took a five-week, 9,000-mile ride across Canada to Nova Scotia, around Cape Breton, down to my hometown in PA and back across the US basically following the Lewis and Clark trail. It was the trip of a lifetime.

11-04-2010, 01:09 AM
Have a safe trip!

That's a lovely portrait.

11-04-2010, 02:10 AM
Great work Chuck and safe journey - look forward to seeing what you sketch while on the road ;)

11-09-2010, 12:29 AM
Hey thanks everyone... I just got back Sunday.. and ended up giving away two of the sketchbook drawings to family members, page 35 and 37 where portrait drawings....

Little guy sleeping, fast sketch... 15 minutes
Nov 5, Page 36

November Landscape Challenge
Nov 7, 15 minute sketch
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The Weekly Drawing Thread - Nov 7 - 14
Nov 8, 20 minute sketch
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11-09-2010, 01:35 AM
All these are very nice, Chuck - the elephant is really well done and my favorite of the bunch.

11-09-2010, 01:52 PM
Hey Chuck. . . Mairen is wonderfully done! And love the elephant. Hope you had a good road trip. I just did one of those last month. . . form CA to PA and back. :)

11-09-2010, 05:45 PM
Excellent and congrats on drawing while on the road! I often take my sketchbook and some pencils and a pen with me but then don't actually use them.... lol!

11-09-2010, 07:24 PM
Great drawings. Too bad we can't see the ones you gave away. That elephant is particularly splendid.

11-09-2010, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

The Weekly Drawing Thread - Nov 7 - 14 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11092931&posted=1#post11092931
Member: klricca
image: Beautiful_Mallard.JPG

Pencils and brushed on willow charcoal. 1hr

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11-10-2010, 08:24 AM
Hi Chuck. . . something a little differrent from you this time and I like it. Lovely water and beautiful duck. The proportions and lines are perfect.

11-10-2010, 11:23 AM
Nice job, Chuck! I love seeing different people's takes on birds...my home library of bird artists is growing almost as much as my pile of 'soon-to-be-used' sketchbooks. :)

11-10-2010, 03:22 PM
Wonderful duck. How cool that people wanted sketches right out of your book.

11-10-2010, 06:00 PM
The duck is just ducky! (Sorry, couldn't resist :o) It's a great sketch. I like how you use charcoal.

11-10-2010, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone...

This is James from Poser 6, great little program for doing some rough sketches...

Pencils and brushed charcoal.
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11-11-2010, 08:47 PM
Lovely portrait, wonderful lines and shading. . . . I will have to check that out, never heard of the program.

11-11-2010, 09:27 PM
Another very nice portrait.

11-11-2010, 10:53 PM
Thanks Rainysea and DrDebby.... :)

Plastic skull 4 reference...
30 min

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11-12-2010, 02:12 AM
Love the technique you have used on the duck, especially the water.

Good strong face and interesting angle for the skull.

11-12-2010, 11:31 AM
Nice job on the portrait and the skull, Chuck!

Joan T
11-12-2010, 04:44 PM
I like the sketch of the landscape and the duck. Looks like you have some good subjects!

11-12-2010, 06:09 PM
good work on the skull, interesting angle too!

11-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Good stuff Chuck. I'm sure that skull was as difficult as any of the cars I've sketched!


11-12-2010, 10:04 PM
Wow, these are beautifully soft looking... I especially like the young woman, baby, duck and skull! I've never worked with willow charcoal (or any other for that matter) before though I've seen it in the shop... can I ask how you brush it on? Shave and rub with a stub or paintbrush or ??? The effect is supurb!

11-12-2010, 11:16 PM
Great angle on the skull.

11-12-2010, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone... :wave:

Wow, can I ask how you brush it on? Shave and rub with a stub or paintbrush or ??? I rub the charcoal on a seperate piece of paper to powder it up, then dip the paintbrush into it.... just like painting. :) I use 3 different brush sizes, the paper I'm using is probably not best for this, but it works...

Went with Thomas Jefferson today, just randomly picking images to do.... nothing political lol.

This one is mostly brushed on willow...

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11-12-2010, 11:54 PM
love the softness of the willow - very emotive feeling about it, would be great technique for full figure studies too.... ;)

11-13-2010, 12:46 AM
You're on fire, nice work with the charcoal.:thumbsup:

11-13-2010, 03:14 AM
Amazing. This is a really wonderful technique.

11-13-2010, 10:56 AM
Good likeness on Jefferson, Chuck!

11-13-2010, 12:14 PM
really soft with lovely shading. . . amazing that you are doing a brushed on drawing! That is so cool. . . you are getting lovely effects.

11-13-2010, 08:52 PM
Interesting, painting with graphite, very cool. I'm a Jefferson fan myself, nice portrait.


11-13-2010, 11:33 PM
Thanks for the comments.... :)

Went with Django Reinhardt, an incredible jazz guitarist who played his guitar solos with two fingers, and used the other two partially paralysed digits for chords...

quick sketch...

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11-14-2010, 12:23 AM
great sketch. . . does not look so quick! Sounds like an amazing guy, too.

11-14-2010, 12:45 AM
Good job, Chuck! Django was amazing, with his physical disability but still playing at a world class level.

11-14-2010, 07:39 PM
Splendid sketch. Like the way you handled the smoke from the cigarette.

11-14-2010, 11:55 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

great sketch. . . does not look so quick! Sounds like an amazing guy, too. With the Django Reinhardt image, after about 30 minutes of brushing the charcoal on, I started thinking it could take hours to finish, so I quickly outlined the sketch with a charcoal pencil...:)

Went with a wolf howling.... 30 min

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11-15-2010, 07:33 PM
I love him. . . wolves are fascinating animals. Th fur texture looks so soft and perfect expression. One my favs so far of yours! :clap:

11-15-2010, 07:54 PM
Love the wolf, Chuck - very nicely done! Isn't Howling Wolf a blues guitarist/singer, though? :)

Two nights ago, I got awakened at 3:00 in the morning by a single coyote, doing the piercing yip-yip-yip-yip routine about thirty yards from the house. Amazing how far the sound of both species carries.

11-15-2010, 10:59 PM
Thanks Rainy and John....:)

Hey right on about Howling Wolf being a singer lol. We have coyotes and the occasionally red wolf yipping and a yapping right next to the house... The sound is beautiful and daunting...

Whew.... think I'm getting burned out sketching everyday, might have to take a break....

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11-16-2010, 08:36 AM
beautifully shaded chicken. . . or probably rooster

11-16-2010, 01:50 PM
It is hard work sketching every day. I'm finding that too but it is rewarding to have a sketch book fillin gup.

Love the wolf and the rooster. We don't have wolves or coyotes but the neighbour sometimes has a rooster. Nice sound.

11-16-2010, 08:04 PM
It is hard to sketch every day. In fact I've failed to do so. However, your work is so wonderful, I'd hate to see you stop. The wolf is fantastic. The rooster looks gorgeous.

11-16-2010, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

Yeah some days it's tough to sketch... pay no attention to my whining lol...

My new goal is to push the dark's with charcoal pencils. I tried to push the dark's on this one, but after scanning the sketch I see it's not dark enough. It's probably the scanner settings, the sketch looks darker in person...

Eagle 1hr

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11-16-2010, 10:03 PM
Nice job on the eagle, Chuck! You got the bill correct, tough to do. The darks look fairly dark on my monitor. I photograph my drawings and then use Photoshop to adjust contrast and colors accurately. Is there a way to push the contrast during the scan?

11-16-2010, 10:15 PM
Thanks JTMB, it's a new scanner... I haven't figured it out yet, it does have lots of settings. Yeah photoshop maybe the way to go... :thumbsup:

11-16-2010, 11:19 PM
handsome eagle Chuck! the feathers are great. piercing eye.

11-17-2010, 12:56 AM
The eagle and wolf are great but the expression and emotion in the rooster is dead on, down to the little devils horn feathers! An older fella but still obviously in fine form and full of himself! The plumpness of the comb is particularly pleasing!

11-17-2010, 05:53 PM
Awesome eagle. Play with your scanner settings if you aren't happy with it. Or, adjust things in photoshop. Even so, it's still sometimes difficult to get the photo to look like the artwork.

11-17-2010, 05:56 PM
Nice animal drawings, the rooster is probably my favourite for now.

11-17-2010, 10:07 PM
Thanks for the comments....

............... went with a Vulture!


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11-17-2010, 11:35 PM
Oh, he's so cool.

11-18-2010, 01:07 AM
Well done, Chuck, but what species of vulture is that?!? :lol:

11-18-2010, 09:57 AM
that guy looks like he's up to something no good :)

11-18-2010, 11:54 AM
What a great variety of sketches. You have done a very good job on these, Chuck. It seems like you are now in the habit of sketching daily. Good for you.


Joan T
11-18-2010, 03:48 PM
Great work!!! I love the rooster and the last, sinister-lookin bird!

11-18-2010, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the comments...:)

The weekly drawing thread - Nov 15-21
Went with the Great Horned Owl....

1hr brushed on charcoal and pencils....
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11-18-2010, 11:31 PM
Marvelous owl. You have such a cool technique brushing charcoal.

11-19-2010, 05:15 AM
The vulture is very well done... I agree with the poster who said he looks like he's up to something no good! LOL The owls expression otoh is *so* unimpressed with being sketched, someone must have woken him up from his nap!

11-19-2010, 05:43 AM
I do like these animal sketches very much! The charcoal is very soft and subtle the way you are using it.

Whine away Chuck! I think it is natural to fall in and out of "love" with the sketching habit. It does seem difficult some days but it sure is paying off for you - your sketchbook is full of interesting work ;)

11-19-2010, 10:02 AM
Nice charcoal owl. . . inquisitive face. As for whining, some days I just do quick sorta experiment things to vary things up and get myself motivated to do it! So I totally am there with you. But its a great feeling to finish up sketchbooks and look back on them. Yours is great one, too!