Pen Art and Sketches

Pen and Ink Artwork and Sketches created at various times. I exclusively use a Staedtler lead holder for my pencil drawings on Bristol board, ink with Kohinor Rapidiograph pens (ranging on the smaller half of tip sizes, but mostly between 0.2 and 0.35). When coloring these, I almost always use Photoshop but I have occasionally used watercolor depending on the desired finish of the original art.

Mark maxwell penink 1

8" x 10" Pen and ink drawing. A friend modelled for the image. The clock in the background is in downtown DeKalb, IL.

Mark maxwell skull

10" x 14" Pen and ink drawing, done as a component in a commissioned piece (composite final art is in my possesion but unable to be posted due to unavailable usage rights). Based on an early sketch and idea by Chris Deisler.

Mark maxwell sosa

8" x 10" pen and ink drawing of Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs, drawn referencing a photo that appeared in a newspaper spread.

Mark maxwell chicago 1

8" x 10" pen and ink drawn from a photo I took on the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) skydeck in Chicago.

Mark maxwell chicago 2

8" x 10" pen and ink drawn from a photo I took on the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) skydeck in Chicago.

Mark maxwell kim in chicago

8" x 10" pen and ink referencing a photo taken of a friend in Chicago.

Mark maxwell kim in chicago2

8" x 10" ink colored in Photoshop.

Mark maxwell vh cover

8" x 8' pen and ink colored with watercolor. This was a fun attempt to create album artwork for my favorite band, Van Halen. It was done before September 11th, 2001. I had mailed a copy to the band shortly before that and received a positive response.

Mark maxwell 25m sketch 4

8" x 10" sketchbook study of a leaf.

Mark maxwell 25m sketch 5

8" x 10" sketchbook study of a leaf.

Mark maxwell 25m sketch 1

8" x 10" sketchbook drawing done from a photo I took inside the D.C. Capitol Building. The perspective is off on the columns but I was rushing to get it done for a class.

Mark maxwell 25m sketch 2

Sketchbook drawing 8" x 10" done from a photo reference.

Mark maxwell stonehenge

Pen and ink, 8" x 10". Editorial illustration poking fun at the true meaning behind Stonehenge.

Mark maxwell inkwash

8" x 10" inkwash drawing. First (and one of only two) attempts at an inkwash drawing, with tech pen accents.

Mark maxwell inkwash1

Commissioned work, 8" x 10" inkwash drawing with tech pen accents.

Mark maxwell buxom wench label more tan

Commissioned work, 8' x 10" pen and ink drawing colored in Photoshop. Used as a logo for a custom brewed beer.

Mark maxwell sketchbook 1

8" x 10" graphite drawing of Ewan McGreggor as he appeared in Star Wars Episode 1 (as young Obi Wan Kennobi).

Mark maxwell cubswin 2008 update

Digital painting done in Photoshop over a scanned 8" x 10" pencil drawing. The original date was 2001 but was updated several times. I need to make one for 2016!