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!

Buying Shirts, Artwork from Ads (2/9/2018)- What's the most commercial inspiration for art you can think of? Maybe a series on Walmart groceries? The magic of broken shopping carts? Or perhaps drawings about Applebees would fit the bill. I think someone could argue convincingly that the Gap would be a great choice for a generic corporate entity. Well, if suburban commercial-inspired sketches happen to be in your wheelhouse, I've got something for you! Recently, I just happened to come across a deal on Gap Men's Oxford button down shirts, which turned out to be an excellent one. These shirts were on final clearance, and were like… Read More
Sneezing Lady (or Maybe Crying? Yawning?) (5/6/2018)- As I was browsing around a few days ago, I came across this article about how to approach handshakes at work when someone (client, business associate, etc.) is sick. Sometimes when I come across random articles like this, I'll just read a couple lines and skip to something else. But this is something most people come across occasionally, myself included, so I gave the entire thing a read. The advice is pretty decent I think, and overlaps mostly (but not completely) with what I'd do. If it's me who is sick, I will immediately nullify the obligation from others by… Read More
A Dark Tower Redo, One Year Comparison (2/23/2019)- At the start of 2018, I finished what has become one of my favorite fiction novel series; The Dark Tower by Stephen King. If you're not familiar, the story follows Roland the Gunslinger on his quest to fix a ruined world. He gains some great companions along the way, and has to make difficult choices that will affect his world and all the others connected to it. It's truly an epic tale, and in my opinion The Dark Tower compares very favorably to other lengthy fantasy classics like Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. The… Read More
Working on More Realism in Family Portraits (2/23/2018)- I have drawn four total sketches of my wife. From what I can see looking at these previous drawings, I don't think I've ever quite captured her accurately. Years ago, I did one of me and her together, and it wasn't bad. I also did a rough sketch I used for my proposal, which looked like her but was no Rembrandt in terms of realism. Then, much more recently, I made one of our family with all four of us. Although it was probably the closest to being accurate of any, I ended up basically ruining it by trying to… Read More
Almost a Sketch Request, Sam Carrying Frodo (4/20/2018)- In the comments of an Instagram post I made on my last sketch (Fezzik and Inigo from the Princess Bride), one of my longtime friends responded with "Sam and Frodo." This comment was pretty exciting, because I thought it was a request for another sketch! As it turns out, he was joking (which should have been obvious in hindsight), but I already had in my mind to move forward with it. I responded by saying that I would do a sketch featuring the true hero of Lord of the Rings, Samwise, carrying that lazy hobbit Frodo up a volcano. And… Read More
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
More Video Game Characters – Secret of Mana, Original SNES and Remake (2/4/2018)- I mentioned in a post last week that video games sometimes inspire my sketches. I'm not great at drawing from my imagination, but if I get a spark to do so, it often comes from video games (books play their part too). Previously, I've done sketches inspired by Final Fantasy and Warcraft, but another favorite is an old Super NES game called Secret of Mana. There's a remake of this game coming out in a couple of weeks, so I've been thinking about the game quite a bit lately. The original Secret of Mana came out in 1993 in the… 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
Another Sketch with my Oldest, Alternate Title “Tired Dad” (11/15/2017)- Well, I'm sure it seems like the prevailing theme for all these drawings, but here's another a did of me with my oldest kiddo. I actually started this one in the same session as the last one I did (her dancing, me flailing about), and I finally finished it yesterday. I think I finished the dancing sketch first because I was more satisfied with how it was going. This one didn't turn out exactly how I intended. Here's the final product: So, I was aiming for this big kid to look like she's stifling a laugh, probably laughing at me.… 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
The Fifth Element – Leeloo Dallas Multipass (5/25/2018)- Last week, I did a sketch from one of my favorite movies, the original Karate Kid. I like how the drawing turned out, but the best byproduct of it may be ideas for more art. I made a list of favorite movies (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, about a dozen others), and decided to draw something from each one of them. I don't know if I'll ultimately get to all of them, but given how I'm always searching for subjects, I probably will in time. The first movie I decided to tackle is The Fifth Element. As with the others, this is a… Read More
More Parks and Recreation Art – Leslie Knope (1/29/2019)- Over the last week or so, I've been dealing with a fairly tough cold. As is usually the case, the kids and I all got sick, while my wife's superhero immune system spared her. This one really kicked my butt, and I had a few days when even sitting upright sort of wore me out. It was pretty pathetic. Anyway, during this downtime, there was a great deal of television watching that went on. Naturally, we spent a fair amount of time watching the girls' favorite cartoons. But I also ended up binge-watching pretty much all of the second season… Read More
Video Game Art, Pillars of Eternity Group (1/23/2019)- Lately, I've been playing a game called Pillars of Eternity II quite a bit. Even going back to when I was a kid playing our old NES/SNES, I've enjoyed drawing scenes and characters inspired by video games. This is especially true when I become immersed in a game and its world, which really doesn't happen often anymore. Growing up, this immersion occurred more often, as it seems like every Super Nintendo RPG pulled me in and inspired sketches. But I can count on one hand the games that had that effect on me as an adult; Elder Scroll Skyrim, Dragon's… Read More
A Tribute to Faith No More, the Greatest Band of All Time (12/16/2017)- Around 1999, as I was finishing high school, some guys I started hanging around with (who would become lifelong friends) introduced me to Faith No More. I had heard the band before; most people are familiar with the song Epic, and at the time a couple singles from their 1997 album were getting radio play. But these guys were major league fans of the band, so I was exposed to the full catalog. This was a breakthrough discovery for me, because I fell into a new world of incredible, genre-bending music that, when viewed as an entire body of work,… Read More
Profile View Portrait, Large Drawing (10/7/2017)- I spent some time drawing yesterday evening, partially inspired by a desire to clean up an older sketch. This portrait of Julia Roberts isn't new, but it's actually one of the largest drawing I have ever done (around 2' X 1.something'). I think I've actually improved on some of my pencil techniques, so I went back to this one and fixed some areas I viewed as weaknesses in the piece. I know that's a dangerous thing to do with art, and probably not something most artists would recommend. But I figured; why not? It was just sitting around anyway! I… Read More
Family Portrait, Thanksgiving Scene (This One Needs Work) (11/27/2017)- This one seemed simple enough, since I've been doing so many family sketches. I set out to draw a scene from a Thanksgiving dinner out with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, wife, and our two little ones. Unfortunately, not all art is destined to actually work...and this one I think falls into that category of "not this time, Jon." Here's what I have at this point: I started confidently enough, drawing very rough basic outlines from what I viewed as prominent shadows or similar color. It was still going fine as I went from left to right, filling in detail on… Read More
Drawing Two Scenes at Once, First Sketch of Grandma (3/28/2018)- I'm in an unusual place with this sketching hobby right now. I can see improvement in the results to some degree, and it's making me excited to draw more. But, I'm still not that imaginative in terms of subject matter, and I am sort of running out of ideas. A natural place my brainstorming goes is, "which people/family member combinations have I not drawn yet?" I've featured my immediately family (wife and kiddos) in many, and I've sketched my sister, mom, and granny...but I haven't yet drawn my dad, or most of my wife's family.  Very surprisingly, I also haven't… Read More
Back to Basics, Paper Sketch of the Kiddos (6/3/2018)- This weekend, I made my first clumsy attempt at digital art. And over the last couple months, I've been almost exclusively drawing fictional characters from movies, athletes, and performers. That's been a significant change from earlier in the artwork timeline on this site, when I pretty much always sketched my family. I mentioned months ago I needed to diversify my subjects, and I think I've done well to get a variety of people featured. I will continue to mix things up, but I thought this was a good time to get back to the basics (well, my basics anyway). This feels… Read More
Hometown Series, Football Huddle (3/2/2018)- It's been about seven years since I moved from the ol' hometown, where I spent the first three decades of my life. During my 20s, I spent a good chunk of that time hanging out with a great group of people. I had a blast with this crew, and have great memories of all the typical "hey we're finally adults"-type stuff we did. Thinking about these times, I realized I have some good subjects for a series of sketches on friends from my hometown. One fun thing we used to do was play football on the weekends. We didn't do it… Read More
Getting Back into Art (9/2/2017)- Even though I have always enjoyed it, it's been years since I've actually sat down, got focused, and drawn anything. I've sketched friends, family, self-portraits, and my wife, but never my two little ones. Is it a coincidence that I have a toddler and infant and somehow haven't been able to dedicate a few hours to drawing? Yes, I'm sure it is totally unrelated. Anywho, now that they are getting a little older (relatively speaking), it's getting a little easier to do things other than just laying around. Our toddler enjoys just hanging out with me by the computer desk,… Read More