Eric Sweet: Charcoal Portraits, Wildlife Watercolors and Ink Drawings

Published on Dec. 4th 2013


An artistic jack of all trades, Eric Sweet creates vibrant charcoal portraits, colorful wildlife paintings, meticulous architectural drawings, sophisticated sculptures and custom wooden furniture.

His spiritual connection with animals, interest in the human form, light and shadow, and past hobby drawing futuristic cars have led him on an endless path of discovery, innovation and success. Oh, yeah, and when he’s not creating, you can find him dabbling between his job as a professional counselor at a local college, golfing or vacationing.

This charcoal drawing on Bristol board bears an uncanny likeness to the Sultan of Swat! A close, cropped perspective of Babe Ruth’s face allows us to appreciate the infamous ball player’s look of sheer concentration and determination.

ruth

With that one look, it’s simple to grasp why he was so accomplished—he never gave up, and he put his entire heart into the game.

The black background sets off the vivid detail of Ruth’s face—his tight-lipped expression, deep-cast eyelids and prominent wrinkles give his face beautiful contrast. I visualize him sitting in the dugout, honing in on the batter at the plate as the sound of cheers and whistles are drowned—so absorbed by the game is he.

The cheery watercolor painting below is one of my favorites. The plucky raspberry-colored feathers crown this hummingbird’s head and with their short, capped shape, emulate for me what it would look like if the bird were warbling, his throat vibrating with joyful sound each feather in unison.

hummingbird

Dressed to the nines in green and yellow feathers, the dainty bird also wears inconspicuous, earthy colors with style. A wash of baby blue in the background allows us to appropriately acclaim the bird’s jewel-colored majesty. Its eyes are as sharp as its long beak, and its tail feathers point stiffly outward with precision, ready to carry the bird speedily away at a millisecond’s notice.

Lastly, this ultra-modern ink and acrylic painting of the Eiffel Tower below reminds me partially of the computer game, Asteroid, with its shooting lines of light, and also partially of a finely drawn architectural design.

eiffel tower

The neon flashes of color against the sheer black background allow the magical glow of the tower to descend across the matted darkness, casting its light generously onto the park and buildings surrounding it. I just love the intricate linear shapes that make up this painting; they give it a lot of movement and excitement!

Eric’s clay sculpture of a father holding his infant son is especially moving. Don’t miss out on the chance to view his craftsmanship on his website. And, if you’re like me, you’ll want to visit his online shop to pick up a piece or two for your home!

Did you like this article? Share it!
Then check out the related posts below.
Wildlife artist Anjana, who hails from exotic Bangalore, India, creates incredibly detailed artwork from her home country. She shares her outlook on life and her love of nature stroke by stroke—whether painting or drawing. In Silver Bills, below, gold sweeps across the background, as light and. . . read more
Art is a process with many refinements. We gather ideas to draw in our mind, those ideas evolve into sketches on paper, and eventually these sketches are transformed into a final painting or sculpture. Often these intermediate stages are lost and forgotten, but not so for figure painter Daniel. . . read more
In this tutorial I'm going to show you the quickest and easiest way to create a nice moody black and white portrait with charcoal. I'll be using a source image from http://www.historicalstockphotos.com which has some really nice (and free to use!) black and white photos. Here are my tools of t. . . read more
Melissa B. Tubbs is a pen and ink artist from Alabama specializing in architectural drawings that are, quite frankly, mind-blowing. Each of the following drawings are of New York landmarks and feature amazing line work, shading, and cross-hatching, as well as a great sense of composition. For . . . read more
It's no secret that I like texture in a painting. There's something incredibly appealing (and satisfying) about being able to see something that you know can be touched. That's why I absolutely love today's portraits by Paul Ruiz. Each one of Paul's paintings contains amazingly textured, nearl. . . read more
Stay current.
Subscribe to EmptyEasel's free weekly newsletter for artists. Sign up today!
CanvasFlyer
Art Contests
More art contests. . .
EE Writers
Alyice Edrich Cassie Rief Steff Metal Niki Hilsabeck Brandi Bowman Michelle Morris Lisa Orgler Adriana Guidi Carrie Lewis Aletta de Wal Erin SparlerLuke Montgomery

If you'd like to write for EmptyEasel, let us know!

We love publishing reader-submitted art tutorials, stories, and even reviews.Submit yours here!