Powerful Speeches

It was such a pleasure to draw Martin Luther King Jr that I started a second drawing of him giving one of his passionate and powerful speeches.

Martin Luther King Jr changed the world with his words and the powerful speeches he gave to deliver those words. I find it impossible to listen to any of his speeches and not feel moved in some way.

In this drawing of him speaking I’m going to try and capture some of that power and emotion that he so eloquently communicated.

Martin Luther King Jr Speech drawing

The first part of this drawing is just getting the placement of everything correct and making sure that I hit a likeness as close as I possibly can get. I don’t want there to be any confusion of who this is.

The next step of the drawing, in the rendering process I will separate the major dark and lights of the subject. Then finally I will work on communicating the energy. But the final part of this will have to wait till a later art session.

Previous MLK Drawing Posts

The speech I picked today is one that MLK gave to a junior high school on what is your life’s blueprint.

And the quote for today is one that I love and unfortunately reflects the current state of the US government. For too long our government and media agrees with the outrage of the majority of US citizens but then say that our actions are untimely.

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

Martin Luther King Jr

Memory Gestures

This exercise is probably one of the hardest I’ve been doing out of The Natural Way to Draw. It’s really testing my memory and ability to apply motive to a figure and keeping three of them in my mind and drawing them in 20 seconds each.

The last two drawings are not from memory. I just really wanted to get some figure drawing in with focus on form.

Warm-Up and Steve Huston Sketches

I’m sketching the torso in profile and seeing how it’s basic shaped compare to the hips from Steve Huston’s book. After warming my arm up for the day.


Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

The daily composition is a practice I started from The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. But the daily sketch is something that I started from Figure Drawing for Artists at Steve Huston’s suggestion. I’m not spending a ton of time each day on both the practices but I am putting in about 3 hours of art a day consistently.

The sketch is of my tea cup which I’ve drawn many times over the years. I really need to get those basic shapes better formed.

I should never feel as if I’ve mastered anything. As soon as I think I have the basic shapes down I draw a cup like this one and realize I need to work on it, haha.

The daily composition is of a group of musicians practicing at the park yesterday during our workout.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

Loving my art practice so much right now! I can’t get enough of it.

What needs work?

I’m working on adjusting my day. It’s the reason why this post is a day late. I’m thinking about posting the day after my art sessions.

What did I learn?

All kinds about the basic shapes of the torso and hips for male and female. Plus a little bit more about Martin Luther King Jr’s powerful speeches.


  1. Thanks for sharing that speech and quote. Very powerful, what a radiant exemplar. And the sketch is so wonderful.

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