Category: Portraits


Faces have always fascinated me. They have always challenged me as well. It is amazing how a minute change can make such a difference in expression, or the capture of a likeness. I have also realized that the face has such a powerful capacity to emote that it can still do so, even when a great deal of it is obscured, by shadow for example.

I like to draw from life, from photo ref, and from my imagination. The first image I share here is using a photo for reference, but not copying it directly, the next three are from life, the last four are from imagination.

Practice makes perfect. I need to keep practicing.


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Band of Brothers, Sgt Donald Malarkey.

Band of Brothers member, Donald Malarkey.

Band of Brothers member, Donald Malarkey.

Drawing Faces

I’ve always enjoyed drawing faces.  Every one is identical init’s components, but totally unique at the same time.

Sketch of Rambo.

A page from my sketchbook that got eaten by my dog.


Pencil Drawing of a man in 1940's

A pencil portrait done in about 1984.


Pencil portrait.

The man's wife.


Pencil drawing of General Claire Chennault.

General Chennault of Flying Tigers fame.


Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Three kids.

Kids can be a challenge to draw well.


One third of the three Stooges.

One third of the Three Stooges.


Sketch of three children.

A preliminary sketch of three children.

Often, especially when drawing children, I work from photographs.  As often as I can, I work from life, such as this drawing of Patrick.

Pencil portrait of Patrick Devonas.

This is Patrick Devonas, who taught me a great deal about art.


Of course, there’s nothing more fun than a good caricature.

Caricature of Kobe.

You can tell who it is, right?


Caricature Pawn Star.

The guy from Pawn Stars.


And then, just fun cartoon type drawings.

Drawing by K. Sean Sullivan

No one in particular.

Portraits of Great Artists

Awhile back I painted a great many (48) portraits of great artists.  For reference, I had photographs of a few, self-portraits of others, and sculptures of some.  The idea was to get an image collection that all had the same style.  Because of the diversity of the sources, they don’t all look as much the same style as I would have liked, but it was fun nevertheless.


Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the greatest sculptors EVER. 1598-1680.

Bernini's David.


Giotto di Bondone, 1267-1337. One of the forerunners of the Renaissance.

Bondone's naturalistic approach to the byzantine style can be seen in this "Madonna Enthroned".


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is one of my favorites. 1571-1610.


Caravaggio's "Calling of Saint Matthew", 1597-1601.


I always thought it would be nice to see pictures of each artist when you studied art history.


Cimabue, 1240-1302. Like Giotto, his naturalism started the move from byzantine to renaissance.


"Modonna Enthroned with Angels and Prophets" 1285. Cimabue.



Gilbert Stuart, 1755-1828. Jumping ahead a few thousand years.


Most americans may not have heard of Gilbert Stuart, but every american has seen his work.


Salvador Dali, 1904-1989. His real name is as long as his mustache. Salvador Domenec Felip Jacint Dali i Domenech Marquis de Pubol.


Dali's piece "The Persistence of Memory".






Edward Hopper, 1882-1967. American realist.



"Nighthawks" by Hopper.




Claude Monet, 1840-1926. Founder of the French Impressionist movement.


“Waterlilies” by Monet







Mary Cassatt, 1844-1926. American Impressionist.



"Toilette", perhaps Cassatt's most famous painting.


The portrait is a funny thing.  It is the art of capturing a piece of a person’s soul.  Perhaps capture is not the ideal word, for you don’t remove it from the subject.  You record it.  It can be very personal and certainly touches upon the individual’s ego and self regard.  You are not only playing with their outward appearance, but also with their most intimate feelings about themselves.  This is why I don’t have the courage to do many portraits for commission.  I do however, like to paint people.  I just avoid doing it as a commission, for money, for them.  Attached are some samples of my more successful works of portraiture.

Portrait of Doug

A fellow that I used to work with on the Salt Lake County Fire Department.


A small portrait of Marcel Duchamp (from a photo).


A copy of one of Rembrandt's many self-portraits.


Georgia O'Keefe (from photo).

From life, unkown model.

My most recent endeavor….

girl portrait

Oil on canvas, from life, with photo reference.