Day 19 – A Drawing a Day – Duchess in the Morning

Day 19, A Drawing a Day, Duchess in the Morning, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 19

“Duchess in the Morning.” Our beloved cat Duchess catching some morning rays.

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Day 18 – A Drawing a Day – Studio Life

Day 18, A Drawing a Day, Studio Life, graphite drawing, by artist Michael Brugh

Day 18

“Studio Life.” Half-hour pose, from life.

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Day 17 – A Drawing a Day – Sad Clown

Day 17, A Drawing a Day, Sad Clown, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 17

“Sad Clown.”

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Day 16 – A Drawing a Day – Paper Not Plastic

Day 16, A Drawing a Day, Paper Not Plastic, graphite still life drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 16

“Paper Not Plastic.”

Still life drawing.

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Day 15 – A Drawing a Day – Notre Dame Football

Day 15, A Drawing a Day, Notre Dame football player, graphite, artist Michael Brugh

Day 15

“Notre Dame Football.”

This was a quick sketch I did to work out ideas for an illustration about former Notre Dame football player Tim Ruddy. The final color illustration was part of an article published in the South Bend Tribune. Back in the early 1990s, I worked there as a graphic artist under my excellent boss and mentor David Kordalski.

 Feedback welcome!

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Day 14 – A Drawing a Day – Will Rogers

Day 14, A Drawing a Day, Will Rogers, after Oklahoma artist Charles Banks Wilson, graphite drawing, age 12, artist Michael Brugh

Day 14

“Will Rogers.”

(After artist Charles Banks Wilson.)

Don’t be too hard on me for the out-of-proportion head. I drew this when I was 12. 🙂

My art teacher, Clyde Pack, gave me a print of Wilson’s to copy, and this is what I came up with.

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Day 13 – A Drawing a Day – Batman Perch

Day 13, A Drawing a Day-Batman Perch, after Mike Grell, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 13

“Batman Perch.”

(After artist Mike Grell.)

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Day 12 – A Drawing a Day – Sumatran Splash

Day 12, Sumatran Splash, tiger, graphite drawing by artist Michael Brugh

Day 12

“Sumatran Splash.”

The Sumatran tiger. One of my favorite subjects: Tigers. And, not just because it was my high school mascot. 🙂 These magnificent creatures embody grace and power.

They inhabit the Indonesian island of Sumatra (naturally). They are also endangered. The Sumatran is especially critical. Estimates from just three to four years ago put the number at between 400-650. Today, in 2016, their numbers are down to an estimate of 300.

The Sumatran is the smallest subspecies of tiger, rarely growing more than 2.5 meters in length (males). For me, the most striking feature about them is their large eyes. It gives them a domestic cat look, in a way.

My belief is that God put man in charge of caring for His creatures, not cruelly destroying them for filthy lucre. Several organizations are involved in saving these big cats. This National Geographic article, though disturbing, showcases the brave people who are fighting back against the poachers, and details some of the ways you can help.

Other info:

Big Cat Rescue

Save Sumatran Tigers

(Reference photo: Brian Mckay photographer.)

 Feedback welcome!

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Day 11 – A Drawing a Day – Rail Rider

Day 11, Rail Rider, C-and-O Steam 2-8-4 locomotive, J. E. Landrum photo reference, artist Michael Brugh

Day 11

“Rail Rider.”

C&O steam locomotive, 2-8-4 configuration.

(Reference photo: Railpictures.net, J. E. Landrum photographer.)

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Day 10 – A Drawing a Day – Blue Pitcher

Day 10, A Drawing a Day, Bluer Pitche, by artist Michael Brugh

Day 10

“Blue Pitcher.”

(Reference photo: WetCanvas)

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