On the drawing board: Freda (update 6)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing of Freda the cat, update number 6.

The blinds are now finished, and the shadows are developed on the window frame at the right. The illustration board I am using is helping to create its own texture.

Sorry I neglected to give you some attention on the blog, Freda. 🙂
Although I like the texture that my illustration board is producing, I am interested in using another paper texture for my next graphite drawing. J. D. Hilberry recommends Arches 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper. He says to use the reverse side of the watermark.

Daily Sketch (4-4-0 Steam Locomotive) update 5 (Finished!)

Michael Brugh artist. 1860s steam locomotive

My fifth and final update of my sketch of an 1860s-era steam locomotive, 4-4-0 configuration. © 2015 Michael Brugh

My fifth and final update of my drawing of an 1860s-era steam locomotive, 4-4-0 configuration. I am excited that a revival of sorts has been taking place in restoring some of these workhorses of our country’s past. The Leviathan, number 63, is one of these projects I have been following. In fact, I modeled this drawing after it.
David H. Kloke has lovingly created this locomotive over a 10-year period. From his website:

Of David’s many accomplishments through the years, the Leviathan63 is his pride and joy. His “hobby” took him 10 years to create and it “WOWS” everyone who sees and hears it. The Leviathan63 is truly a beautiful sight!

With the help of many a non-profit organization has been created named Historic Railroad Equipment Assoc. Through donations he hopes to rebuild and replicate several historic railroad equipment for educational purposes. He can make this possible with donations from people like you.

Here is video of no. 63, the Leviathan:

What a curious cat (New eBay painting)

Blackie the cat. 5x7. Mixed media (watercolor, graphite, colored pencil).

Blackie the cat, 5×7, mixed media. Want this painting? Go to eBay and bid now! Bidding starts at 1 cent!

Cats are the most curious creatures, aren’t they? Any little noise or movement, and they pop up from an absolute sound nap and spring into action!

That’s what I wanted to depict in “Blackie.” This photo is almost a clone of the cat we used to have, and his expression reminded me of this cat. I painted him on steps, as though he is pondering whether or not it is worth his while to venture further downstairs!

This is a 5″ by 7″ mixed-media painting. if you like it, it is available on eBay now. Bidding begins at only 1 penny!