Young and Rebellious

This is a commisioned 11×14 charcoal piece that I did for a Lady who wanted it of her

granddaughters. Yes they were making faces and one was sticking her tongue out. It 

was extemley hard for me to do because I had never done one of a child making those kind

of faces. Obviously they did not want to cooperate with the photographer and just make nice 

and just smile. I also added a little pastel to the hair ribbons for flair.

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Mike Benton

About Mike Benton

My name is Mike Benton. I am a self taught artist. I have been consumed with drawing since childhood. When I was a boy, anything with a clear surface, i.e.used envelopes,old letters,the backs of advertisements,brown paper bags etc,was used to draw pictures on. I never had anything to pursue art with except pencils and ink pens. In my late teens through my 60th birthday I turned to music as a hobby and have not done any drawings for over 30 years. My daughter, who recieved her Bachelors degree in art, suggested that she would like to see me do some drawings again. I have been back now since March 2012, but now I am into charcoal and pastel. I am still learning as I go,and always will. 2013has been an awesome year for me as an artist. from the blue ribbons at the county fair, the newspaper and magazine atricles about my art, the  placement of paintings and drawings in two galleries, to the recognition and friendship of fellow artists on Artist Daily, I have enjoyed every minute. I am looking forward to 2014 with great expectations.