Miner sketches all life’s moments in intricate detail
CHARTERS Towers’ Michael Allen has spent much of his life working in the mining industry but his true passion requires only pencil and paper.
The sketch artist, who started drawing when his mother sent him to classes at 13, has travelled all over the world and his love for sketching has remained.
Whether based in the Congo or Botswana, China or Finland, Mr Allen’s sketching tools have always been close.
He mostly sketches people – young and old – and said he loves capturing the character in people’s faces.
He sometimes works by incorpor- ating multiple images into one and also enjoys doing caricatures. For his portraits, he starts his work with the eyes and sketches outwards and he estimates he spends about 30 hours on each one.
Since moving to Charters Towers last year, Mr Allen has continued to juggle his mining work and artistry.
The local demand for sketches has kept the mostly self- taught artist pretty busy. “I have been doing quite a bit of work, and I spend a lot of hours doing it” Mr Allen said. “Often I am approached by people to sketch loved ones who have just passed away and also babies.”
For details about Mr Allen or his work, email mikkallen@ live. com. au.