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!

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
Mr. Miyagi and Daniel from the Karate Kid (5/19/2018) - I've been home sick for a few days, and felt a bit like drawing...unfortunately, I couldn't think of anything, so I just lounged around instead. Last night I finally had an idea, inspired by my previous sketch of Fezzik and Inigo from the Princess Bride. The Princess Bride is one of those all-time favorites that I watch pretty much any time I see it on TV. There are a ton of movies that I really love, but there is a special group that has that category of "instant watch." I can't think of all of them now, but here's what… Read More
Finished Portraits from the April Giveaway (7/4/2020) - It's taken me quite a while to actually get to the writing portion, but I'm finally sharing the portraits from the most recent giveaway. The original giveaway was back in April, which somehow feels like both an eternity ago and just last week. I guess pandemic life warps time in strange ways. Anyhow, according to the giveaway widget dashboard, this is my sixth real contest on the site (with one test raffle). And this one set a personal record for participation with 1,352 actions by 348 users! Just because I find it interesting, here are the giveaways I've had so… Read More
Tribute to Dragon’s Dogma, My Favorite Game (5/27/2018) - There will be some spoilers, so be warned. If you're just here for art, scroll to the end. This is a game mostly about the "ever-turning wheel," and how a hero and a dragon keep the wheel moving. The question at the core of the plot is, what do you want your hero to be? Will you accept the cycle and your place in it? Will you become a cowardly king, a lonely god, a monster, or a memory held by the next hero? It's a deceptively deep story; on its surface it appears simple, but unwinds into something quite… Read More
River Oaks Tiny Art Show 2019 (9/28/2019) - I've done a few posts lately somewhat focused on near-term nostalgia, particularly in comparing how my drawings have changed over the last two years. Right about the time I started really getting into this website (September-ish 2017), I happened to hear about an interesting art show from a coworker. I had mentioned that I sketched something for the first time in like a decade, and he told me about the 5 X 5 X 5 Show at a gallery called River Oaks. My coworker was entering some hand-carved fishing lures, and he encouraged me to give it a shot. I… Read More
Star Trek’s Captain Picard, This Time in Color (4/28/2018) - Back in December 2017, before I switched over to color drawings, I sketched a scene with my three favorite characters from Star Trek. It featured Captain Picard, La Forge, and Data in a crazy dream sequence from one of the more bizarre Star Trek the Next Generation episodes. Although I was pretty happy with how it turned out, I've wanted to give another nod to the show - this time in color. In fact, I would really like to circle back around for some color drawings on some of my favorite black and white subjects, like the band Faith No… Read More
Sketch of the Entire Family, No Planning (11/4/2017) - Last night, after putting the kids to bed, I was smacked with an urge to try to draw my entire family. I've drawn my wife and I together, and I've drawn our girls a couple of times, but I haven't done a sketch with all four of us as a group. Usually for something like this, I'd draw a grid to help me with proportions, but this time I wanted to dive right in. I really wasn't sure how that would work out, because it's outside my normal process. As I started, I thought about all the great advice I've… Read More
Youtuber Art Series, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) (9/19/2020) - Although you probably wouldn't be able to tell based on how sporadically I've been posting, over the last few months I have wanted to focus a bit more on the Amdall Gallery YouTube channel. As you might expect from a hobbyist like myself, I've had mixed results. Although I have managed to share 11 videos in four months (not bad), I haven't uploaded anything in a month! Work and other of life's routines always eventually want their share of your time though, so that's just how it goes. As part of the broader focus on YouTube related stuff, I had… Read More
Meme Art, Sergeant Mittens is Ready (4/15/2020) - I'm entering a very unusual artwork and post writing phase. If I've ever been in this situation before, I really can't remember.Essentially, I have now completed multiple drawings and haven't shared them - a backlog of finished artwork. Normally having art that's done is the limiting factor, not the writing side. I think the reason is twofold; one, I'm just enjoying creating things. My daughters are wanting to draw a lot too during the quarantine, so it's a fun thing for us to do together. The second is that I'm sort of running out of writing topics for posts! Not… Read More
Gift Sketch of Nana and the Grandkids (7/5/2018) - This post will be a delayed publication; most likely you're reading it in July, but everything here is actually from June. Not that it matters, but that is unusual for me since I can't stand to sit on finished art. It's by necessity though, because these drawings are actually birthday presents, and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. When I asked my mom what she wanted for her birthday, she said she wanted a drawing. That's something I am always happy to do - and she left the subject up to me, so off I went into planning/sketch mode. I've… Read More
Healthcare Worker Portrait Request (5/3/2020) - As you can tell from the homepage, Amdall Gallery has a custom portrait raffle going right now. We've got about 12 days left on the contest, so if having some artwork similar to what I share on this site is something that interests you, give it a shot! I've done these a few times before, but one difference this time is obviously the fact that I'm running the giveaway during a global health crisis. I also mentioned that if a healthcare worker happens across the raffle and wants a portrait, that they didn't need to enter: If you’re a healthcare/essential-categorized… Read More
Late to the Stranger Things Party (2/15/2020) - I've really been slacking on my usual pattern of art and website posts. In the last two or three months, I've only written a couple of things, which is definitely outside of the norm. Holiday travel is my usual excuse this time of year, but I've also had some other things consume my leisure time. One, which isn't the topic of this post, is a sandbox RPG-style video game called Kenshi. I hope to share a post on it (plus some artwork) at some point, but it's incredibly fun. Sort of like a mash-up of Age of Empires and Elder… Read More
Drafting Doncic – The Mavericks’ Future is Bright (6/23/2018) - The NBA draft was Thursday night, and I've been obsessing about it for at least a week. The 2018 draft was considered by many to be very talent-rich compared to other years, and the 2019 draft is apparently supposed to be less robust. So, for my rebuilding Dallas Mavericks, it seemed like this is the year to make a splash. They lucked into Dennis Smith Jr. last year, an explosive point guard with a high upside. And this year, I'd been hoping for European phenom Luka Doncic. The Mavericks finished with the 3rd worse record in the NBA last season,… 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
Art on a Shopping Cart (2/2/2019) - Any time my family and I take a trip to the grocery store or Target, we absolutely have to grab one of those bulky carts with the dual kid seats. You know the type; usually brightly colored, sometimes with steering wheels for the kids, but always giant-sized monstrosities. They're probably annoying to other shoppers because of how much space they take up, but they sure are useful when you're carting around a couple of children. We're also to a point where both kids love riding on them, and specifically ask to go to the store so they can climb aboard.… Read More
Sketches from Final Fantasy, Inspired by Amano’s “The Sky” (10/28/2017) - A few weeks ago, Amazon had a really great deal going; sign up for an Audible (audio book) trial, and get a free hardcover book. After browsing a bit, I found this book called The Sky by Yoshitaka Amano. This is a re-release of a limited edition set, containing three hardcover art books with concept art, character designs, and other illustrations by Amano. For fans of classic video games, he's pretty influential even if you don't know him by name. Amano worked for Square (now known as Square Enix), and was the main character, image, and graphic designer for the Final… Read More
The Fifth Element – Gary Oldman’s Zorg (5/25/2018) - Welcome to part two of this run of drawings from The Fifth Element. In the first one, I covered some basics from the film and shared a drawing of Leeloo Dallas and her treasured Multipass. In this second drawing, we're going to talk about the main antagonist of the movie (aside from the evil planet), Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. One fascinating aspect of the film is that Luc Besson, who wrote and directed, was able to get so many high grade actors to do it. At the time, the only big movie he'd directed was Leon The Professional with Jean Reno and… Read More
Drawing Models and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8/20/2019) - One of my favorite things about browsing the Internet is how easy it is to randomly discover something new. That could involve stumbling upon an informative subreddit, finding a great thread of funny images, or even learning about something cool you'd want to buy. Even better, but a bit more rare, is when finding one cool thing leads you down multiple paths to another completely different awesome thing. This happened to me recently, when I started down a path with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) and ended up looking at pose-able art/sketching models. A couple weeks ago, I happened to… Read More
Cool Ladies at the Coffee Shop (1/20/2018) - As I continue with these sketches, I'm trying to make sure I've got most of the configurations of family portraits covered. Even if some of them were newer and in color versus older black and whites. I've got the full family, me and my wife, our two girls together, me and each girl, me and both girls...one glaring omission is there isn't one of my wife with the two girls! So, that was an easy decision about the next sketch to tackle. I decided to model this one after scenes from a coffee shop visit from a couple weeks ago.… Read More
More Throwback Practice Art (6/24/2018) - A couple months ago, I did some sketches that took their inspiration from the many "historical photo" Twitter accounts out there. One was a not-very-accurate Jimi Hendrix, and the other was a solid drawing of Ann Margret from Viva Las Vegas. It was a fun exercise to gain some drawing inspiration. Since then, I've read some well-deserved criticism of this type of photo spamming account; although they share interesting material, most rarely credit the originator of the image. The lack of sourcing issue is compounded by the fact they also sometimes assert incorrect information about the image. Examples are many… Read More