Miner sketches all life’s mo­ments in in­tri­cate de­tail

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MOR­GAN OSS

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.

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