• Nice little entry to my pencil sketchbook. Love drawing frogs. 🐸 ✍️

  • Yup, drawing another frog 🐸 🎨 ✍️

  • Gecko is done. Loved drawing this and thanks to Colin (tropicalcol on Instagram) for the photo reference. Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3 mm and 2B lead on Strathmore Bristol Smooth. 🎨 ✍️

  • Here’s a final WIP before finishing this wonderful gecko in graphite 🎨 ✍️

  • It’s been an incredible year for the Drawing Inspiration podcast. Thanks to all my guests, patrons and listeners. drawinginspiration.fm

  • All done. Fun playing with colored pencil on black paper. More to come I think. 🎨 ✍️

  • Starting something new. Never drawn on black paper. ✍️ 🎨

  • Here’s my render today from a watercolor class. About an hour on cold press paper with Daniel Smith watercolors 🎨

  • This is the result of a live draw/paint session I co-hosted with Samantha Dion Baker on Instagram. I tried to be more abstract versus my typical style. 🎨 ✍️

  • Final piece. Colored pencil on toned blue paper.

  • Starting another dragonfly. This time with colored pencil 🖼 🎨

  • My 2021 Creative Review

    Art vs artist. It’s that time of year again. Here I am with some of my work. It’s so hard to pick favorites.

    Thank you to all my followers for your support.

    For me this was the “Year of Flight and Focus”. I am so proud of what I was able to accomplish this year as a creative.

    • launched my newsletter
    • podcast continued to grow and and I met some awesome artists
    • launched my first online shop
    • launched my first NFT collection
    • connected with so many new creatives from around the globe
    • created and painted with mushroom ink
    • created so much more art
    • refined my pencil technique
    • embraced watercolor
    • confirmed my favorite tool (Pentel GraphGear 1000)
    • found my perfect sketchbook, I think ;-)
    • inspired others to draw, paint and create

  • Result of class 3. Painting Ian de Hoog’s (instructor) dog 🎨

  • A little 5” by 7” watercolor study of a dragonfly. Wings are done with a fountain pen and then a light wash. 🎨

  • A chickadee in watercolor from a course today. About an hour on this. So much fun painting with watercolor now. 🎨 🖼

  • 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.

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