Random Art Posts

20 randomly selected posts about art from Amdall Gallery’s archives. These include normal graphite pencil or soft colored pencil drawings by Jon. Enjoy!

Tiny Art Show Update, Logistics and Another Drawing (9/16/2017) - This is just a bit of an update to an article from a few days ago. I wrote about my interest in drawing something for the 2nd Annual 5x5x5 Show Miniature Works at the River Oaks Square Arts Center (original article: Contest Drawing - Tiny Art). I finished a 5" x 5" drawing of my little ones, which turned out decently; as I wrote in the original post, I struggled a bit with the small size. With the hypothetical entry complete, I was ready to figure out how to actually submit it. For this art show, the venue is using a handy website called… Read More
Hometown Series, Distinguished Gentlemen Chatting (3/4/2018) - Continuing on with my "hometown series" of sketches, here's part two. In the first drawing, I included a few of the guys I used to play football with. It feels like it wasn't very long ago, but we are closer to measuring that as a decade ago than just a handful of years! Part two features a couple of buddies from the hometown chatting about something sophisticated, if their clothes are any indication. As with the other posts, I won't include actual names, but the guy on the left also lives elsewhere in the country nowadays. You may recognize the… Read More
Hometown Series, the Unfinished One (3/25/2018) - At the beginning of this month, I started something I referred to as a "hometown series" of sketches. Basically, I tried to capture some scenes of friends from my hometown, mostly from old (really? 10-15 years is old?) photographs I have. I sketched some of us in a football huddle, a couple guys chatting, and a group shot. One common complaint I shared in those posts is I just don't have that many photos. This was mostly the pre-smartphone era (except for the third in the series), so I didn't have a million sources of inspiration to choose from as… Read More
Well, I’m no Albert Einstein (11/7/2018) - This week, I worked on a sketch of legendary hair model Albert Einstein (I hear he also dabbled in some science-related stuff). As I was sketching him, I kept thinking about the phrase "He's no Albert Einstein, but..." The idea of being so universally recognized in society for a specific thing is pretty amazing; you say Einstein, I immediately know you mean "smart." That seems like the pinnacle of notoriety, where you're so well-known that your identity is embedded into the language. I wonder if people 100 years from now will still consider Einstein so identifiable. Probably so, but what… Read More
Drawing of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (8/13/2020) - This post is mostly going to be about a portrait I did of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but I'll also take a detour to talk about some other things. I actually worked on this drawing sort of a while ago, towards the end of June or beginning of July. But that just happened to be right as my family and I were preparing to move to Texas! It's a move we found out about around six months ago and have been looking forward to since then. And really, we've been hoping for the opportunity to move back here… Read More
Getting Some Right Brain Exercise, Sketching Video Game Characters (1/27/2018) - The last handful of posts I made were "back in time" topics (1, 2, 3), sharing some old sketches. An observations from this series was that my drawings were a bit more creative and off-the-wall back then. Many of my recent drawings have been portraits of real people, mostly my family and especially my kids. Don't get me wrong; I love those girls more than anything, and I'm glad to be collecting some sketches that they may appreciate some day. But, in these old drawings, I used to let my imagination off the leash quite a bit more. I think… Read More
More Stranger Things Artwork (3/4/2020) - A couple weeks ago, I shared some ramblings about my late discovery of Stranger Things, and how it turns out everyone was right about how much I would love it. I managed to keep that post mostly spoiler free, but I've decided in this second post to abandon that plan. From the start, I wanted to do a couple of Stranger Things related sketches. I finished the second one a few days ago, this one featuring Chief Hopper and Joyce Byers. Considering the spoiler megaton bomb that dropped in the form of a Stranger Things trailer just before my last… Read More
Continuing Through The Backlog (11/13/2019) - It took longer than I thought to finish this write-up, but welcome to part two of a series I started with last week's post about drawing my way through a setback. Without retreading the all the details, basically there is an art show that I found to be inspiring early in my return to art as a hobby a couple years ago. I didn't get selected for the show this time, so I decided to get into some new projects. I'm not really sure if I was being somewhat overly dramatic about the whole thing, so we'll leave all that… Read More
Jon Stewart Getting Things Done (8/10/2019) - I generally try to avoid wading into the political on Amdall Gallery. I've done it occasionally in the past, like my discussions and data analysis on mass shootings. But this blog is mostly about art, data, and random tech stuff, so I try to keep it in those lanes for the most part. Essentially, my thought is that people probably don't browse art sites in search of political talk. That being said, this post is going to be about Jon Stewart, the former host of the Daily Show. I've long been a fan of his, which probably gives pretty clear… Read More
Digital Painting Capstone (6/8/2019) - Welcome to the grand finale of this series of posts on digital artwork! In the first post, I discussed my past struggle with digital art and resurgent interest due to a new tablet purchase (Samsung Galaxy Tab S4). In the second, I talked a bit more about the app I have been using (Autodesk Sketchbook) and my improvements in technique. This post essentially serves as a capstone to my recent tablet learning experience. Before I get into the actual digital art for this post, I wanted to mention sources of inspiration. In the first post, the sources were pretty obvious… Read More
Back in Time Part 1 – High School Sketches (1/23/2018) - I was doing a little website housecleaning, and saw I had uploaded a bunch of old sketches but never made posts about them. They mostly consisted of sketches from when I was in high school and my late teens, before I took a 15 year break (wow, sounds bad when I say it like that) from drawing. The photo image quality on these old sketches was terrible; these were mostly taken ages ago, probably with an ancient iPhone of some sort. I decided to salvage what I could through sharpening and lighting edits, and re-shoot anything that needed it. Then… Read More
Updating a Wedding Present Portrait (11/1/2019) - Lately, I've been in a bit of an art re-visitation phase. I have been back into the drawing hobby for over two years at this point, which doesn't seem like a tremendous amount of time on its face, but feels significant to me. The style of artwork and techniques used have changed a lot, and in my view, continue to improve. I think it's natural to look back at the road you traveled sometimes, and I've been doing that with some of this stuff. I don't have much formal training when it comes to art; mostly just some high school… Read More
My Attempted Tribute to Emmitt Smith (5/15/2018) - A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about one of my favorite Dallas Cowboys players of all-time, who recently announced his retirement. Jason Witten is one of the greats, and would have been right at home with the great Super Bowl teams from the early nineties. Towards the end of that post, I discussed how I wanted to draw a few more tributes to my favorite Cowboys. I was in my early teens during that last run as a championship contender (how time flies), and became a huge fan of guys like Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the… Read More
Tribute to Some Good Folks (9/23/2017) - This week, my grandmother on my mother's side (we all call her Granny) had heart surgery. Fortunately, everything seems to have gone very well. She's recovering nicely, and has physically improved quite a bit even after only five days. She's my only grandparent, and my two little ones' only great-grandparent. Granny is a really kind person, and much loved by all of us. This week has naturally led me to think of her husband, my grandfather, who we all called "Paw Paw." He passed away about nine years ago, and was also a greatly loved person who we all miss.… Read More
YouTube Channel for Amdall Gallery (5/21/2020) - As of today, Amdall Gallery's new YouTube channel is live! Its main purpose is to share some progression videos; if you're familiar with my typical posts, I often include still frame .gif images to provide a small window into how my portraits come together. Some people find these .gifs useful, but they usually aren't more than seven or eight images stitched together. For quite a while, I've wanted to upgrade that by sharing actual video. Aside from artwork, I also hope provide impressions or reviews on tech or gadgets from time to time. Although a YouTube channel is something I've… Read More
Mark Hearts and Kids at the Dentist (5/18/2019) - In my last post, I discussed using Unsplash images as inspiration for artwork. Although I have a ton of backlogged ideas now, and many of my sketches in the near future will probably be related to Unsplash, I decided to take a brief detour. If you follow this blog already, you are probably aware of how frequently I draw my kids. My family are my favorite subjects, and it's been a few months, so I thought I'd do another kiddo portrait. Also, our oldest just finished her first year of school, so I was extra motivated to get her into… Read More
Radio Favorites – Loveline with Adam and Dr. Drew (4/1/2018) - A couple days ago, I posted part one in a two part series on my favorite radio shows. I often listen to these old shows while I'm drawing, particularly after my family has gone to bed. In part one, I discussed my paranormal fix in the form of old Art Bell shows. In part two, I'm going to talk about Loveline; specifically the iteration of the show featuring Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky as hosts. "Hey it's Loveline, I'm Adam Carolla and he is Drew Drew, board certified physician and addiction medicine specialist. Phone number 1-800-LOVE-191, our guest tonight..."… Read More
Holiday Portrait Gift (12/25/2019) - In what is apparently becoming somewhat of a tradition, this post is a delayed one. What I mean is, it was actually written at the beginning of December, but I'm just now publishing it on Christmas. The reason for the massive delay is the same as a similar one from July; the featured artwork is a gift! I don't think any family members are keeping a tight surveillance of my website, especially during this busy time of year. But on the off chance my mom happens by, the artwork here is a gift for her, so I didn't want to… Read More
‘Pencils and Process’ Book is Out Now (4/5/2019) - It feels weird to say this, but I finished writing a book...and it's actually published and available now! The book is called Pencils and Process, and it's available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It may be coming to some other retailers like Books-a-Million too, but I'm not sure when. For the non-Amazon angle, I'm using Ingram as my distributor and there are lots of possibilities with their network. The eBook version is only on Amazon right now, but paperback and hardcover are everywhere it's sold. Here are some links to where I've confirmed it's available now: Barnes and Noble… Read More
Subscriber Thanks, Some Artist Site Favorites (4/5/2018) - To my continued surprise, this website has gained more subscribers than I ever would have expected. When I resurrected Amdall Gallery from the ancient blog burial grounds last August, I assumed I would mostly get traffic from friends and family. As it turns out though, Wordpress has a large and supportive community of artists, painters, poets, and authors who interact through the Wordpress Reader and subscription features. I admit, (almost) 300 subscribers is not a huge number, especially compared to other sites that count their subscribers in the thousands. But, as I said, it's vastly more than I expected. In… Read More