• Finished this little walrus party this morning. Pencil in a Moleskine sketchbook.

    A pencil sketch of three walruses in a sketchbook with a pencil and other tools nearby

  • We have so many blue jays where I live. They have unique personalities and are quite gregarious.

    I decided to paint one this morning over coffee. Simple and quick. Hope you have a great day.

    A blue jay watercolor painting in a sketchbook surrounded by a water brush and paint palette

  • This was a challenge. New subject, bright colors and small scale. Happy with the result but took more time than I thought. Certainly pushed my watercolor skills to edge. Yes, more bettas to come.

    A betta fish in watercolor in a sketchbook

  • An American pika in my watercolor sketchbook. Yes, coffee shop work. A fun recommendation from a follower. Oh yes there will be more to come.

    A pika in watercolor in my sketchbook

  • Today’s coffee shop sketching session turned into an unexpected journey into the world of birds. I tackled a red-footed falcon, a stunning creature known for its striking red legs and talons. Rendered with watercolor and a Pentel brush in an Etchr Sketchbook Reference courtesy of Edwin Butter

    A red-footed falcon on a branch painted in a small sketchbook surrounded by an ArtToolkit palette and a Pentel water brush.

  • I find it so hard rendering bees with watercolor. I spent some time before work and at lunch to finish this one off. Gotta love my travel kit.

    A watercolor painting of a bee with two palettes and a water brush nearby

  • Morning coffee shop sketch

    A drawing of a tiger’s head in a sketchbook. Surrounded by three mechanical pencils and a Starbucks coffee cup.

  • I have decided to end my Patreon and Newsletter (on Convertkit). You can now find me regularly posting content for free and paid subscribers on my new Substack page mikehendley.substack.com I am hopeful you will continue to follow me on my journey.

  • It’s been awhile since I sketched in a coffee shop. I left crazy early for work today so I could spend some time with my Pentel pencils. It was so nice to enjoy a Starbucks coffee and just sketch. Hope to see you all at the Wild Wonder Conference starting on Wednesday and my class on Sunday.

    A pencil sketch of a rhino in a coffee shop

  • Finished up this little raccoon sketch while prepping for a conference talk, new podcast interviews and my Etchr drawing course coming out in October. Nice use of my vacation 😊

    A drawing of three raccoons in the hole of a tree

  • Sometimes I find drawing inspiration in the form of a cicada needing a rescue while paddling. It was thankful and hung around all the way back to shore. Future artwork ;-)

    A cicada on my hand.

  • Say hello to our daily visitor, the majestic green heron, brought to life in this sketch right from the peaceful sanctuary of our backyard pond! πŸŒΏπŸ¦… For the art enthusiasts out there, this was lovingly etched out with my trusty Pentel Canada Orenz Nero pencil. ✏️

    A pencil sketch of a green heron standing on a log. A dragonfly is perched nearby on a marsh reed.

  • This magnificent belted kingfisher has become a regular visitor at our pond, serving as a natural, effective manager of our fish population. I’ve long wished to capture the moment of it diving into the water, but maybe next time. Drawn using a Pentel Graphgear 1000 (.3mm -2B, .5mm - 4B).

    A drawing of a belted kingfisher sitting on a branch in a sketchbook with the pencils below.

  • πŸ’πŸ’š Caught this little one enjoying some sun by our pond, and just had to sketch him in my Etchr hot press sketchbook.

    Crafted with my trusty Pentel Canada tools, each stroke, every detail was a joy to capture.

    Remember to soak up the sun every now and again β˜€οΈ

  • One of my creative inspirations is the butterfly and specifically the monarchs. We have see a number in the last few days. They place their eggs under milkweed leaves so don’t mow them down. They are late but happy to see them!!

    Monarch butterfly egg under a milkweed leaf

  • Picked some walnuts from our black walnut tree before the squirrels got them all. Ink production just around the corner. Wish me luck.

    A small pail of walnuts with a black walnut tree in the background.

  • Watercolor work today while enjoying coffee at the Kanata Equator Coffee. The Etch hot press sketchbook was used for this piece painted with Pentel Canada water brushes and Golden Paints. Hoping to see this animal in its natural environment some day.

    Paint of a polar bear on an ice flow

  • I tried out the new Oil Max Pack of Procreate brushes from Max Ulichney. Really enjoying these! maxpacks.com

    A digital painting of a lily flower and lily pads

  • Thrilled to unveil my drawing of these majestic horses. πŸ΄πŸ’« Check out my podcast episode #102 for why this was decades in the making. πŸŽ™οΈπŸ”Š Created with Pentel pencils in a Moleksine sketchbook.

    A mare and foal running through a field with trees and two other horses in the background

  • A morning sketch and stretch produced this little shoebill stork. Watercolor in an A6 Etchr sketchbook. Pentel Canada watercolor brushes and some Golden QoR paints.

    Shoebill stork watercolor in a sketchbook. Surrounded by two palettes and some water brushes

  • Come join us in celebrating International Nature Journaling Week, June 1-7, hosted by the amazing Bethan Burton! I am honored to be contributing to the festivities with a LIVE workshop on Friday, June 2nd at 7 PM EST. Learn more www.naturejournalingweek.com

    A photo with me sketching in a field promoting my upcoming workshop

  • Drawing InspirationπŸŽ™οΈEp100 is here, podcast fam! We’re diving into the history & celebrating with a $100 giveaway thanks to Etchr! 🎁 Tune in by June 5. Grateful for your audio tributes on the 4yr journey. Homework may feel familiar! Here’s to the next 100! πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ drawinginspiration.fm/100

    A collage of the show art from all 100 episodes of the Drawing Inspiration podcast

  • A little sketch practice on my day off at a coffee shop in advance of a workshop I am doing next Friday about creating textures with pencils. Details to come. Subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date.

    A profile sketch of the head of a baby rhino. Pencils used lying in front.

  • It’s World Turtle Day!

    A collage of 6 turtles. Sea, snapping and painted created in different mediums.

  • I cut up a 4’ by 8’ 1/4” piece of hardboard into fourteen smaller pieces for drawing/watercolor boards. 24” by 32” (2), 16” by 24” (4), 12” by 16” (8)

    Fourteen pieces of hardboard cut up and lying in 3 piles on my driveway.

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