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Swainston Middle School

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


This to me is a sketch. I did this one while waiting for my sons after school. This is the back parking area where I meet them. I purposely didn't put in every detail that I saw....it would have been way too much and made the picture too busy.

I did this in 3 - 20 minute sessions....so about 60 minutes all together. I used a mechanical pencil with a darker lead for this one, and no shaders.

The picture itself is much bigger than it shows on here, the edges got cut off also.


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Note from Kerry:
Michael, this is a beautiful sketch. You're very wise to leave out busy detail.

I'm really drawn to the trees and bushes, you've portrayed them just right.

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Lone Harbor

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)



This is my first ever attempt at oil pastels.
This is actually a mixed medium piece, oil pastel, ink and colored pencils and is on a 5 x 7 canvas panel.
I think I am going to explore this medium a little more, I actually really enjoyed doing this. And it only took me about an hour and a half.....I think it turned out pretty good for a first try.....


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Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael,
It is really pretty - I love the colors and you've created such a serene scene. It's really nice to study - no one will ever guess this is a first-timer! Good job buddy!

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Country Sunday

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)

Country Sunday

Country Sunday


I think I saw this on a card once, or maybe in a newspaper?? I don't remember now where I saw this pic, but it grabbed me...the serenity of the scene, the peacefulness of the place.....made me think about moving there...lol.

But I did this one in pen also so don't look too closely, you will find my ooppss moments....lol......


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael
I love this drawing! I was surprised to learn it's in pen, you've done a great job altering pressure to get light and shade effects.

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Serene Scene

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)



This is a tutorial from Brenda Hoddinott using hatching sketches to define values. It is a pretty simple sketch. I am ok with the results, the palm fronds are not quite long enough I think, but all in all, not too bad. For this one I used 2 pencils, my 2B mechanical pencil and a regular #2 pencil....no erasers, blending stumps....nothing else, just 2 pencils. It took me about 30 minutes.


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Note from Kerry:

Hey Michael,
For me it was love at first sight! I love all experiments in graphite and I think you've done a mighty job with your pencil on this one. Admirable is a word that springs to mind when I look at it.

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Route 66

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)



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Ya know, it's amazing what you'll find when you go digging around some old boxes.

7 years ago, in '04, I had started a project. I was going to do a series of drawings of landmarks along old historic Route 66.

I got the cover done, which subsequently has been destroyed by age and water damage, and I found these two drawings. One is Henry's Hot Dogs and the other is Riviera Roadhouse, both were actual locations along old Route 66.

The project was abandoned many years ago now, and pretty much forgotten about, till I found these stuffed in a folder in an old file box.

Maybe I might try and work on this project some more.....who knows what the future holds......


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Note from Kerry:

Hey Michael,
Your drawings contain unreal details, they look so precise and of course they have the Betz charm! I enjoyed them and so glad you found them.

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Desert Canyon

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)



OK, here is my last expeirment....for today...:)
This is straight graphite pencils on 4 x 6 glossy digital photo paper.
This was kinda fun to do, but the glossy, waxy coating of the paper really presented some challenges.
I used 2B mechanical, HB mechanical, HB regular, 2B regular, and 2H regular pencils. Not one eraser ever touched this paper.
This was done in under 2 hours......


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Note from Kerry:
Ahhhh, this is more my style -- thank you for showing this experiment! While color is pretty, it doesn't speak to me the same way graphite does.
Yes, I would imagine glossy paper would be hard to work on - with any medium! I give you kudos for trying and really, you have triumphed IMHO.

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Days Gone

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)



Here is my next experiment....this is ink and colored pencil on 4 x 6 low gloss photo paper.
I used Sharpie markers, and Derwent Studio colored pencils.


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Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael, where's the story behind the title? It is so not like you to leave me guessing, I can't resist asking the question.
It actually reminds me of a little street in Italy or Greece -- not that I've been there but I've seen documentaries etc.

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