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Mike Hendley
Artist, writer and software developer. Host of the "Drawing Inspiration" podcast
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More Drawing Day! Just finished this bear cub drawing! Took a few sessions in coffee shops and a cafeteria. Used my Pentel .3 (2B) and .5 mm (4B) pencils and tried the new .2 mm Pentel Orenz from Pentel Canada. Perfect for detailing, though the B lead is a bit hard. 2B lead coming. #sciart

A detailed pencil drawing of a bear cub clinging to a tree trunk, surrounded by drawing tools.

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🖊️✨ Celebrating Drawing Day with a pen drawing of a kingfisher that loves visiting our pond! Did you know these incredible birds can spot their prey from 30 feet away and dive at incredible speeds to catch fish? Also, the belted kingfisher is featured on the Canadian $5 note! 🌊🐟

Pen drawing of a belted kingfisher, created with a Leuchtturm pen in a Leuchtturm 1917 sketchbook.

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Tried out my new Leuchtturm 1917 A5 with this detailed drawing of a painted turtle. I love how the paper handles graphite and how bright white it is! Our pond has 14 painted turtles, which can live up to 40 years and survive winter by absorbing oxygen through their skin. #sciart

A detailed pencil drawing of a painted turtle perched on a rock. The artist’s hand is visible on the right, and a blending stump lies nearby.

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🎨 Just finished this watercolor of a dragonfly next to its shed exoskeleton, symbolizing transformation. Did you know dragonflies have nearly 360-degree vision? Also, breaking in a new waterbrush made detailing tough! #sciart

Watercolor painting of a dragonfly on a green stalk beside its shed exoskeleton, displayed on a sketchbook page with a watercolor palette and a brush pen. The artwork features detailed wings and natural tones, with white paint splatters suggesting water droplets.

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🎨 Captured a small minnow on paper found in our pond. These native fish likely arrived via ducks, showcasing the interconnectedness of nature. Check out the sketching process and the vibrant colors that bring this tiny wanderer back to life. 🦆💧✨ #sciart

Watercolor painting of a fish on a sketchbook next to a palette of vibrant watercolors

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🎨✏️ Captured the essence of a wood duck in graphite today, just as our first merganser family of the season made their debut. These adventurous ducklings take their first daring leap to the water within 24 hours of hatching. Can’t wait to translate this sketch into an acrylic painting soon! #sciart

Graphite sketch of a wood duck on an open sketchbook, surrounded by drawing pencils, an eraser, and mechanical pencils, placed on a wooden table.

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I captured the beauty of a green scarab beetle in watercolor in a coffee shop. These beetles symbolize renewal in Egyptian culture and play a key role in nature. I might create a small coloring card for kids who are curious but too shy to ask questions. Art should inspire curiosity! #sciart

A detailed watercolor painting of a vibrant green beetle on a piece of watercolor paper, with a palette of colorful paints and a water brush beside it.

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Dive into creativity with this quick graphite sketch of a tiger shark using my Pentel Graphgear 1000. Did you know tiger sharks are known as the ‘garbage cans of the sea’ because they eat anything, from fish to license plates? What inspires your art today? 🦈✏️🌊

Pencil drawing of a shark with drawing tools on a sketchbook on a wooden surface.

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I had a hoot painting this great gray owl, though it was tricky! Capturing the feather textures and the eyes’ catchlight on a small scale with a water brush was challenging. Fun fact: the great gray has the largest facial disc of any raptor, aiding in its silent hunting. 🦉🎨 #sciart

Watercolor painting of a grey owl perched on a green, mossy branch.

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@val thank you 😊

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Venturing from animals to the human form with ‘Skull Study’—a detour, not a departure. Sketched with Pentel Graphgear pencils, softened by a blender, textured with Blu-tack. A curious exploration in graphite. #sciart

Pencil-drawn skull with shading on paper, flanked by mechanical pencils and eraser.&10;

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Live-painted a June bug using watercolor in my sketchbook at the Artawa gathering at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Did you know these insects live underground for most of their life? Nearly done this sketchbook. Should I do a little YouTube tour when done? #sciart

An intricately detailed watercolor painting of a June bug in a small white sketchbook with a vibrant palette.

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Diving into the entomological world with my latest piece: an ox beetle in watercolor. These tiny titans duel with their horns, echoing ancient battles. In this piece, strength and delicacy collide, capturing the beetle’s essence on paper with QoR Watercolors and a steady hand. 🖌️🐞✨#sciart

Watercolor illustration of a detailed box beetle on a white sketchbook page, accompanied by a painter's palette with a variety of colors, a water brush pen, and a pencil.

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Dawn’s light revealed a sketched buffalo on my page, a serene venture in shadows and water. Crafted with delicate Pentel strokes in my Etchr sketchbook–a peaceful start to the day. Coffee shop sketching is so meditative #sciart

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Captivated by the vibrant koppie foam grasshopper from South Africa! Blues, purples, reds, and ochre come alive in my latest piece. These toxic beauties (based on their consumption of milkweed), akin to the monarch caterpillar, were a challenge but rewarding to draw. Watercolor on hot press #sciart

This image features an artist's workspace with a focus on a beautifully detailed painting of a grasshopper on a small white textured paper. Above the artwork, a set of fine-tip pens in a stand is visible, indicating the precision tools used for the painting. To the bottom left, an open watercolor palette is shown, filled with a variety of vibrant colors, some mixed and well-used. Beside the palette lies a water brush pen, suggesting a mix of watercolor and ink techniques in the creation of the artwork. The overall setting suggests a blend of meticulous detail and artistic spontaneity.

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Just finished a detailed grey wolf sketch, reflecting on my course and teaching insights. Inspired by Dotty Weber’s photo, I spent 3-4 hours using 2B, 4B Pentel Graphgear pencils, and various tools for depth and texture, capturing the essence of snow and light. #sciart

A pencil sketch of a wolf in a forest, placed on a wooden table surrounded by drawing tools including a mechanical pencil, two blenders, an electric eraser, and a piece of kneaded eraser.

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🎨✨ Tried something a bit challenging – sketching the majestic Migzi at Mādahòkì Farm. The Ojibwe Spirit Horse is more than just a breed; it’s a living piece of Indigenous heritage, the only one known to Canada.

Watercolor painting of a horse on a sketchbook page, with a palette and water brush pen resting above.

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Iridescent art in focus! My A6 Etchr sketchbook & Art Toolkit palette were essential in painting the vibrant cuckoo wasp. Thanks to Albert Cardona’s photo reference and my Pentel brush, this piece shines.✨🎨🐝

A watercolor painting of an emerald cuckoo wasp with its shimmering green and blue hues, perched delicately on a cluster of pink flowers. Below the artwork is a well-used palette brimming with a rainbow of watercolor paints, accompanied by a water brush pen, all resting on a rustic wooden surface.

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Joined my first Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists sketchpod. We chatted, then sketched in solitude. Our wisteria pods in ink and watercolor, defying local climates. Sketched with a sepia Micro 005 in an Etchr sketchbook, painted with QoR in an ArtToolKit palette with a Pentel waterbrush #sciart

This image displays an artist’s desk with a watercolor sketch of a wisteria seed pod. On the top left, there is a palette of watercolors, and on the right side, a brush pen and an archival ink pen lay across the paper. Below the sketch, there is handwritten text detailing the plant’s growth, dated April 1 2024.&10;

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Dove into a neighbor’s gifted pose book and tried sketching something new. Not my typical art subject. Challenging yet rewarding, it’s been ages since my 2H pencil danced across the paper to capture these subtle shadows. 🎨✏️📖

A pencil drawing of a woman's back, showing her seated with her knees pulled up, one hand resting on her shoulder. The focus is on the play of light and shadow over the curves of her back, hips, and bun-styled hair. Art materials are visible at the top right, suggesting an artist's workspace.

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My second piece from this morning. Sketching this horse brought a peaceful end to my paint and sketch at the coffee shop. Each stroke with my pencil felt like a step closer to its serene spirit. 🐴✨ #sciart

Pencil drawing of a horse’s head on a sketchbook page, with great attention to detail and shading. The horse is wearing a halter and appears calm and gentle. Art supplies, including a mechanical pencil and a kneaded eraser, rest beside the sketchbook.

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Sketchbook sneak peek: 🐆 Snow leopard in watercolor. Precision meets spontaneity in a dance of detail and texture. Contemplating a larger oil version. Trying to achieve the fur texture with watercolor at such a small scale was challenging. #sciart

A watercolor painting in a sketchbook depicting a snow leopard with intricate spot patterns crouched on a rocky terrain, accompanied by a watercolor palette with vibrant hues and a used rag on a wooden surface.

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Sketched two crows with my Pentel pencils while testing a new Leuchtturm1917 120 sketchbook. A true study in the hidden hues of black. 🎨🖤 Each feather a dance of light and shadow, revealing that graphite art is never just black and white. #sciart

A pencil drawing of two crows perched on a branch, with the drawing situated on an open sketchbook page. A mechanical pencil rests on the sketchbook's edge, next to the drawing. The sketchbook is placed on a wooden table, partially atop a piece of paper with grid lines. The image conveys a calm, studious atmosphere often associated with an artist's workspace.

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Just completed “Bare Essence Standing,” an 11x17 study of a milkweed in graphite, inspired by the theme “dessicated.” This plant’s resilience, crucial to monarchs, reminds me of nature’s quiet strength. #sciart 🌿✏️🦋

A detailed pencil drawing of a milkweed plant in winter, showcasing its textured pods and leaves with a subtle phallic resemblance, set against a plain background.

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Sketching a bison’s majesty 🦬✏️, inspired by a photo from Elijah Pilchard via Unsplash. This piece using my Pentel Graphgear 1000 echoes the spirit of the vast herds that once dominated North America. Did you know they can smell scents 2 miles away and can run at speeds up to 35 mph? #sciart

A detailed pencil drawing of a bison with a dense, shaggy coat, visible in its textured shading. The bison's head is facing forward, with its two curved horns framing a serene expression. The artwork is on a tan-colored page in a sketchbook, and there's a Pentel Graphgear 1000 mechanical pencil placed at the bottom for scale.

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Join me March 16th for a free live demo/giveaway on YouTube www.youtube.com/live/r3mS… This is part of the launch of my new drawing course that begins March 23rd. 25% off, if you sign up before March 15th. learn.etchrstudio.com/pages/mik…

A drawing of a chickadee with a photo of the artist, Mike Hendley promoting his live demo on March 16th.

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@otak thanks. Certainly a challenge doing it but a bigger struggle was choosing to share it :-)

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@xxxx thank you so much

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@xxxx Thanks so much

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@val Thank you :-)

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@otaviocc thanks so much for

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@dwalbert thank you. Wonderful observation

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@philbowell I am hosting a Zoom on Sunday where I will be drawing or painting something. It’s just a creative hangout so everyone can work on their own things and we can chat. If you follow me on mikehendley.substack.com you’ll get it later today or tomorrow ;-) Limited seats

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@odd thanks so much

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@SamHawken thanks. Yes, most are a stop for coffee before my day job

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@pimoore thank you. Affinity Designer 2 on the iPad.

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@Denny just missed them launching themselves out of their house