Category: Sketching Blog

Sketches of People Seen on My Road Trips

The following are sketches of people I’ve seen while traveling on road trips.

While I try to do quick from memory sketches, the people who appear here were “collateral” (background) in pictures I took of scenery or special events.

I plan on adding sketches to this page as the year, 2019, goes on. I’ll start a new page, however, for every 15 posted.

Here we have one of many kids leaping around during a class trip to Fayette, Michigan, on an outdoor museum tour. None of the boys appeared too scholarly, especially the ones who were tumbling down hills. (End of May 2019)

This woman caught my eye when traveling through Door County’s woods as it appeared her dog was walking her . . . (End of May 2019)

This very fit man was seen at an art and craft fair in Door County, Wisconsin. At the time, I was preparing for an art fair exhibit of my own and he appeared behind the vendor canopies I was studying. (End of May 2019)

This boy was seen strolling across the street in Door County as he approached an art fair. (End of May 2019)


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Sam Crosser, entertainer, pianist, instructor, and piano tuner!

Tune up with Sam. That’s Sam Crosser, entertainer, pianist, instructor, and piano tuner!

Samuel Crosser of Osage, IA, comes from a musical family. At age 6 , the youngest of his siblings, Daniel, David and Connie all played in a band that was started by their parents, Doc and Mary Lou. They called themselves “The 4 Generations,” as the family musicians go back four generations.

Currently, Sam plays music throughout north east central Iowa with ” Island Fever Music Specialist” ~ great dance music for parties, weddings, receptions, all occasions. Also ~ NovaJazz, a jazz group playing straight ahead jazz.

Sam, with his upbeat personality is sought after as a solo artist, popular with his audiences for his repertoire of light jazz, soft rock , soft funk, and gospel, which he adapts for weddings, private parties, Christmas events, church, funerals, parades – any occasion.

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Note: The text here also appears on Sam Crosser’s website,


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Sketches of the Women in the 116th Congress

This series of sketches is based on portraits posted in the New York Times under the title “Redefining Representation: The Women of the 116th Congress.”

The New York Times and its photographers own the copyright to the photos I’m using as references.

My sketches are non-commercial and were created to honor these women as well as to aid my study of portrait sketching.

If you are practicing drawing portraits, you might want to look at the original photos as they are beautifully shot. Rarely does one come across 131 photos that are uniformly excellent. The shadows seen in this series provide facial definition seldom shown on selfies or snapshots.

I’m sketching from the print version of this journal, however, some of the photos are too small to see details. Happily, you can see bigger versions online by using your touch screen to enlarge them. If you are an art student (which I am for life), not only will you learn more about facial construction by sketching from references, you’ll become more acquainted with our new female congress at the same time.

(The most recent sketch in this series will always be the first in line.)

Sketch of Nancy Pelosi, California Representative
Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives

Sketch of Susan Brocks, Indiana Representative

Sketch of Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Representative
and Kristen Gillibrand, New York Senator

Sketch of Joni Ernst, Iowa Senator
and Maria Cantwell, Washington Senator


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Fantasy People Based on Caramel Corn

This series, started in January 2019, is based on my noticing that individual pieces of caramel corn look like little heads. If I don’t eat all of my current batch, I’ll have enough kernels for at least 20 fantasy people drawings.

These drawings follow my series of Fantasy Animals as Children that assume the characteristics of kids playing. This new series also features kids playing, but this time their faces are based on what I see when looking at a piece of caramel corn.

The featured piece of caramel corn seen above was the inspiration for the first drawing in this series, which is the last illustration on this page. Do you see the connection?


Fantasy People and Animals - Caramel Corn Kids by Karen Little


Fantasy Animals by Karen Little - the Caramel Corn Kid out for a ride

Concept Art

Concept art is based on a cross between one’s imagination and reality. It can get quite detailed when designing for games and picture books. In my case, I just enjoy creating imaginary characters that are a cross between animal and human, or are found in the spirit world of water and cracks.

If you are also interested in creating imaginary characters, whether realistic or cartoons, you might like to follow the advice listed below:

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