Today’s still life sketch – a pear!




Bad news and good news

I have some good news and some bad news for everyone.

First, we’ll do the bad news.  My anthology sequel to Von Herling, Vampire Hunter will be delayed significantly.  I will not be resuming work on it for quite sometime and it may not be ready until 2017.  Why is this?  I’m busy right now with Sunnyville Stories and must do significant work to not only promote & sell it – I aim to get the fourth volume out by the summer of 2017.  For that, I have to stop work on everything else.  I’m sad that I can’t develop the other ideas I’ve had but Sunnyville is very important to me.  For more news and updates regarding the saga of Sunnyville, tune into my primary blog.

Now for the good news…this blog will not be simply tossed aside.  I intend to continue posting drawings here.  Some of my detractors have viciously attacked me for being lousy at drawing.  To an extent, they have a point.  In spite of how much better I’ve gotten at drawing, there’s still so much more than I’m capable of doing.  I aim to keep working on basic drawing skills.  While there are life drawing classes offered nearby for cheap (I plan to check those out), my aim is to start posting up still life drawings here.  I have several instructional books on these and I intend to start reviewing them for information.  Plus I will draw some of the still life exercises inside – fruit, candles, glass bottles, buildings, boats, cars, etc.

Stay tuned to this blog for more drawings.  My drawing will just keep getting better and better.


Just another still life drawing – this time it’s a pineapple.




This may look simple…but the shape and texture of the pineapple can be a challenge.  That’s why it’s good to try your hand at drawing one.

Bottles, Glass, and Towel

This week, I have yet another still life drawing of mine.  This was yet another exercise from the book Drawing Basic Subjects from Barron’s.

Bottles, Glass, and Towel

"Bottles, Glass, and Towel", pencil on 8.5x11 in. paper


Drawing still life subjects is VERY good practice.  It’s not that hard at all to find objects around your home to arrange in a still life.  You can use cans, bottles, jars, cups and mugs, fruit, chairs, etc.

Why not draw a few drawings of still life subjects?  It’s an effective way to practice.

Sneakers and Tennis Ball

This pencil drawing I’ve come to share with you today is some more practice.  This came from one of my favorite drawing books.

Sneakers and Tennis Ball

"Sneakers and Tennis Ball"

This was an exercise from a now out-of-print book on my shelf titled Drawing Basic Subjects published in 1994-1995 by Barron’s Educational Series.  It’s a handy book that you can use to practice drawing skills or if you’re a newcomer to the art of drawing, it can teach you.  The book itself has neat exercises in drawing with pencils, charcoal, conte crayons, etc.

Anyway, besides pencils, I used a handy tool to adding those highlights: the eraser.

Yes, you heard me right.  Erasers aren’t just for correcting mistakes.  You can draw with an eraser too.  Use it to add highlights to objects or aid you with negative and positive space.