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Pastel, Charcoal, and Carbon Pencil Art by Ellen Cornett

A drawing of human figures and birds with moments of bright orangeWhat a Beautiful Bird am I, carbon pencil and coloured pencil

Ellen Cornett is an artist who works in pastel, charcoal, and carbon pencil. Based in Maryland, the artist’s current body of work is largely focused on personal interpretations of stories and fairytales.


A graphite drawing of highly detailed animalsThe Elephant's Child, carbon pencil

 

I really enjoy the way that Ellen combines photo-realistic detail with compositions that lean into the absurd. In series like Just So…

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Everyday City Life: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ivey

A painting of a cityscape across a body of waterharbor view, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, charcoal, and other traditional media, producing works that capture scenes of everyday city life. The artist’s images are designed to capture the aesthetic of aged, sepia-toned photographs, with Scott tending to work in an additive fashion, starting with a dark-coloured canvas and adding light. 


An ink wash painting of buildings at nightnight study, inkwash

 

The…

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Portrayals of Cycles: The Art Portfolio of T. Dave Vincent

A pared-down drawing of a motorcycle1946 Indian Jawa CZ125 inspired

T. Dave Vincent is a Vancouver Island-based artist who uses his artistic practice to express his love of motorcycling. The artist’s illustrative style lends itself to portrayals of cycles both realistic and abstracted, as well as other artistic subject matter. 


A drawing of a motorcycle with focus on negative spaceMorning Airhead Ride along Old Island Road

 

I like the balance of composition and detail in Dave’s gallery of motorcycle drawings. The…

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All Things Tiki: Art by Ken Ruzic

A drawing of a tiki mask7 (from 100 Tikis series)

Ken Ruzic is a California-based artist who specializes in all things tiki. Drawing on a background in graphic design and commercial art, the artist produces densely detailed two dimensional works as well as designs for mugs and other drinking ware. 


A tiki-style bowl with custom design and ultramarine blue glaze'Eka 'eka bowl with Ultramarine Blue Glaze (collaboration with Tiki Farm)

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Ken’s art portfolio. The artist is great at…

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Quietly Exuberant: A Drawing Portfolio by Tony Ziegler

A painting of a bouquet of flowers on a tableflowers with chair

Tony Ziegler is a traditional artist and illustrator who has exhibited mainly in New York and Massachusetts. In his practice, the artist uses a variety of two-dimensional drawing materials -- such as graphite, pencil crayon, and acrylic paint-- to produce thoughtful, quietly exuberant slice-of-life scenes and portraits. 


A portrait drawing of a figure holding a small childsara

 

I really enjoy the way Tony uses colour in his works -- the artist goes beyond simply…

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Movement and Vibration: The Art Portfolio of Michael Lightsey

A drawing of a male figure with wild hairEnoch, pencil sketch on paper

Michael Lightsey was born in Ohio and is currently based in California. The artist creates graphite sketches and drawings as well as photographs and abstract paintings, often focusing his artistic attention on a sense of rapid movement and vibration


A graphite portrait of a womanJohanna, pencil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s recent sketches in his Dancer series and portraiture gallery. The way the artist draws hair is quite…

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The Watercolour and Pencil Crayon Portfolio of Geneviève Désy

A print of a drawing of two cardinalsReproduction d'un dessin de couple de cardinaux / drawing of cardinal couple (print), Polychromos pencil crayons

Geneviève Désy is an artisan and illustrator based in Quebec who creates original drawings and prints, as well as handmade accessories. The artist is skilled at photo-realism in a range of media including watercolour and pencil crayon


A watercolour painting of a cat in a top hat and bowtieChat Festif / Festive Cat, watercolour

 

Many of Geneviève’s drawings feature…

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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 


A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics

 

I like the stylistic variation in…

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A Portfolio of Realistic Drawings by Shannon Ann Coyle


A drawing of a boy with a wreath around his headAmon, graphite

Shannon Ann Coyle is an artist based in Newfoundland and Labrador. The artist works primarily in graphite, creating detailed, realistic drawings of people, animals, and the seagulls inhabiting the local landscape. 


A drawing of a dogMoses, graphite

 

The artist’s drawings are produced with a delicate hand, with pencil strokes lightly blended. The resulting images have a soft touch and feel almost nostalgic in a way, as though the artist…

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Fantasy and Fiction: Art by Sue Ellen Brown

A drawing of a poinsettia flower on a blue backgroundPoinsettia, graphite, airbrush, Prismacolor pencil, and acrylic on illustration board

Sue Ellen Brown is a classically trained artist who works in oil, acrylic, and airbrush painting as well as pencil crayon, producing illustrative artworks taking on a wide range of subject matter. Much of the artist’s work is focused on fantasy and fiction, including imagery of dragons and other mythological figures. 


A painting of the zodiac sign aquariusAquarius

 

As in our previous…

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A Portfolio of Photorealistic Illustrations by Dave Wishart

A drawing of a classic carUntitled

Dave Wishart is an artist and illustrator with an affinity for motorbikes and classic cars. In his artistic practice, Dave works primarily in traditional drawing media including ink and graphite, producing highly detailed and photorealistic illustrations of mechanical and automotive subjects, as well as realistic portraits of human faces and figures. 


A drawing of a motorcycleKingpin Alley

 

Browsing through Dave’s portfolio, it’s always…

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A Portfolio of Drawing and Painting by Cary Wyninger

A painting of several owlsIn Dreams We Speak

Cary Wyninger is an artist based in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. In her practice, Cary takes an illustrative approach, combining techniques of drawing and painting to produce works that are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, often a combination of both. The artist often works with feminine figures, animals, and plants as subject matter, using these motifs to create spiritual narratives. 


A drawing of a red leaf with watercolour and ink line artRed Leaf, watercolour and…

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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Fantastic Favourites: Craig Brumwell, Frédérick Wolfe, Ronan Boyle

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Working in a range of very different styles and media, Craig, Frédérick, and Ronan have built equally enthralling artistic portfolios. 

 

Craig Brumwell

 

Craig Brumwell is a Canadian artist who has worked mainly in the media of charcoal drawing and sculptural installation, combining these two disciplines to explore the material nature of a railroad,…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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