Daily Sketch (4-4-0 Steam Locomotive) update 2

Artist Michael Brugh's pencil sketch of a 4-4-0 steam locomotive, circa 1860s. Update number 2 of a work in progress.
Pencil sketch of a 4-4-0 steam locomotive, circa 1860s. Update number 2 of a work in progress.

My update of a drawing I am working on of an 1860s-era steam locomotive, 4-4-0 configuration. I began defining the cowcatcher, headlamp and funnel, blending each with a combination of a 2B pencil, a 2H pencil, and a 6B pencil. I am not really a big fan of blending stumps, although I have used them in the past. I will probably use them again when I work on my series of portraits I have planned.

On the drawing board: Freda (update 5)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing update number 5, of the cat Freda, using a General 9xxb pencil.
Freda’s coat is deepened by using a layer or two of a Kimberly 9xxb graphite pencil . I discovered the technique when I was looking for a way to create more contrast, and reduce the “shine” that regular graphite pencils make on paper. J. D. Hillberry suggested this pencil as a way to remedy that.

Freda's coat is starting to come together now. I start to show the dramatic lighting by beginning work on the blinds, plus her shadow. She is relieved to actually have a place to sit now!

On the drawing board: Freda (update 4)

Graphite drawing of Michael Brugh.
Update number 4. I lightly filled out the rest of her fur, and began defining the window sill.

Freda now has a complete coat, except for the fact that it is a bit light. I'll accent that more later. At this point, I wanted to start to tie in the background to her, so I started building up the window sill with a combination of an HB woodless pencil and a 2H.

Daily Sketch (Red Reflection)

Red Reflection. I know, where's the red? Well, it is a rough sketch of an oil painting I plan to produce. The boat will have a red color scheme.
Red Reflection. I know, where’s the red? Well, it is a rough sketch of an oil painting I plan to produce. The boat will have a red color scheme.

I plan to produce this as an original oil painting. I am thinking of using a red color scheme for the boat trim. I will probably set it in early morning, so cool morning light is called for here.

Freda, update 3

Freda in window, update number three. Still using the 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil, I defined Freda's chest and darkened the window sill.
Freda in window, update number three. Still using the 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil, I defined Freda’s chest and darkened the window sill.

Freda in window, update number three. I defined the chest area by lightly shading the sunbeam area on the window. Part of the window sill can be recognized now, and I have also deepened the body, and darkened parts of Freda’s head and side. Again, at this point, I am using a 2H woodless pencil and an HB pencil.

Freda, update 2

Michael Brugh
Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

On the Wings of Art (exhibit)

The Sun Herald described it this way:

Art lovers gathered Friday at the Jolly McCarty Depot Art Gallery, 504 Yon Ave., Pascagoula, for the opening of the Singing River Art Association’s spring art show titled “On the Wings of Art.”

Artists from across the Coast and beyond entered the show to compete for monetary prizes and awards. The show is on display during regular gallery hours through May 17. Judge for the show was Joan Daughtery, a well-known artist from Mobile, who also teaches art at her gallery.

I am grateful to Joan and the Association for choosing my painting entitled “Fishing Buddies” for the Excellence in Realism Award. Here is the painting: