• For the first time ever I am selling some original artwork. My mushroom painting series is now available. All originals painted with mushroom ink. Prints coming later. shop.mikehendley.com/collectio…

  • This is what happens when a pencil artist goes too far during the drawing portion of a watercolor class 🤣 I had fun though. Just over an hour on this.

  • First time in 20 months painting in a public place. About an hour on this watercolor piece in a food court. A few people stopped by to take a look. Hope to have inspired others to create today. 🎨 ✍️

  • Final mushroom of the series. Releasing the originals and limited edition prints later this week. Subscribers to my newsletter will hear about it first. newsletter.mikehendley.com

  • A fairy and a mysterious snail rider appear in this mushroom piece rendered in mushroom ink. 🎨

  • The latest in my mushroom series. Painted with mushroom ink. In this case a Ravenel’s Stinkhorn. Part of a group of originals and prints I will be releasing soon. Subscribe to my newsletter to stay informed. Https://newsletter.mikehendley.com 🎨

  • In this episode of the podcast with guest Stephen Silver we talk animation and caricature as well as developing a positive creative mindset. Https://drawinginspiration.fm/65

  • What’s in my pencil case

    So it’s not a small pencil case but here is what I carry when I travel as well as working in the home studio. My “get out and create kit”.


    From top left to bottom right.

    Pencil case: LIHIT LAB. Double Zipper Pen Case, 7.9 x 2.8 x 4.7 inches, Black (A7555-24) on Amazon

    Pentel water brushes (3 sizes) Sailor fountain pen (45 and 50 degree fude pens loaded with Platinum Carbon Ink) Gelly roll (08 size) Kuretake brush pen Tombow Mono Eraser Nobel 2 mm clutch pencil (2H lead) Nobel 2 mm clutch pencil (2B lead) Pentel Nero Orenz .5 mm (2B lead) Pentel Nero Orenz .3 mm (2B lead) Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3 mm (2B) Pentel Graphgear 1000 .5 mm (4B) Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3 mm (2B) Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3 mm (2H) Pentel Graph-gear 1000 .3 mm (2B) Rosemary & Co travel brush (R1, R0, R10, R5)

    Micron pen (01, 005, 03, 05) Faber Castell Art Grip Aquarelle (mix of colors) Faber Castell Perfection Eraser Tortillon/blender (two sizes) Winsor & Newton Gouache (Zinc white, Neutral Gray) Blu-tack (for removing graphite) Staedtler 3 mm pencil Kum Sharpener Watercolors (20 half pans - Daniel Smith) Oil reservoir repurposed for water (bent the tab and added magnets)

  • I’m back to playing with watercolor. Quick study with thoughts of a larger scene. 🎨

  • Finished another piece in mushroom ink.

  • Another work in progress shot. Deciding to add some forest floor to the background has taken me down a rabbit hole. Mushroom ink holding up well on this hot press paper.

  • Here’s a work in progress shot. Toying with hot press paper. Think I like this better that the previous three on cold press. The mushroom ink seems happier here. 🎨

  • Here’s mushroom number three. Once again all done with mushroom ink.

  • Latest piece drawn with mushroom ink. 🎨

  • Here’s the result of my live draw/paint on Instagram. Ink cap mushrooms created from their own ink. 🎨

  • A quick test of mushroom ink (brown) from an ink cap mushroom and platinum carbon ink (black) for highlights. 🎨 ✍️

  • My first batch of mushroom ink. Excited to use it!

  • Latest entry in my nature journal. The nest boxes I built around our pond are used every spring by the hooded mergansers. Colored pencil in a hot press Etchr sketchbook. 🎨 ✍️

  • Here’s the result of an hour live draw on Instagram last evening with two other wonderful artists. I used the Inktober prompt “raven”but chose to use pencil of course :-)

  • It was my turn to be interviewed on an art podcast. Bethan Burton and I did a collab where she appeared on mine and I was a guest on her podcast, “Journaling with Nature”. Check it out here journaling-with-nature.simplecast.com/episodes/…

  • Starting a new page in my nature journal. Merganser page.

  • I have launched my first NFT collection of Procreate art known as “Digital Emergence”. Thanks to the whole #NFTCommunity for your help. This is one is quite special. opensea.io/collectio… 🎨 ✍️

  • It’s World Rhino Day! An hour sketching these two. 🎨 ✍️

  • Rough sketches of tardigrades (water bear) while on a call this evening. Pentel Graphgear 1000 with 2B lead

  • A small sketch of a wood duck from last evening. ✍️ 🎨

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