A Place to Call Home

Life surely is some sort of journey.
Many steps taken in one or different directions – over a lifetime – will take you somewhere. But is it the place you want to be?

I’ve found myself deliberately (and accidentally) in places, doing things that if I’d asked my younger self, I would have surely laughed at the question.

Regardless, here I am.
Luckily I’m still me, haven’t lost myself or my love of art.


“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
– Erol Ozan

A Spider has Eight Legs


Leg study, a bit rough around the edges, but I know it’ll pay off in the end.  Can’t wait to be able to draw poses without reference again.  It’s been too long.


“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”  -Lauren Bacall

Great Way to Start Your Day


One hour speed paint

Been awhile since I did any art, just to be doing art.  Everything has been for school or some commission.  It felt good just do do something I wanted to do, even if I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time on it.

I’m glad I did, because I see I’ve gotten rusty and I miss drawing everyday when I wake up.
It’s a great way to start your day.


“Tis’ better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.”  -Elizabeth Gilbert

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Asaro Head


Using an Asaro Head to study the planes of the face, I can see why it comes so highly recommended by artists.


“Be assured, you never have to apologize for your passion.”  –Taylor Hanson

[i]Her[/i] Left


I was able to get more out of my two hours this time around than what I felt was usual.  I’m sure working in grey-scale helped, but I was happy with the results of sticking to the process I’ve seen a couple artists that inspire me use.  Things I see them consistently do were, paying attention to form first and working small (as long as possible)


First thing I did because this image wasn’t a black and white picture initially, was add a Hue and Saturation layer (dropping the saturation all the way down), then added a Levels layer and played with the settings until I felt happy with them.

I did the majority of my initial linework without any guides, just using the negative space between the edge of the image and the subject as my rule.  Very basic, very rough.


*I use Photoshop on a 21″ WACOM Cintiq monitor/tablet and this is how small the canvas is in comparison to the rest of the screen.  I worked like this as long as possible, making sure I was paying attention to form first.


You can see me resisting the urge to start drawing individual hairs here, instead capturing the general light and dark values and flow of the hair.

For her face I knew I wanted to get to the point where I was painting over the line work, so I was loose with it, and made sure to make note of the curves and structures.  Again annotating the same high and low value areas like I did with the hair.


Laying down block values (100% Opacity, hard brush)


I put the line work layer on multiply and lowered the layers opacity.

Started blending  a little, mostly working from the darkest values up and into the lighter ones.


Wash, rinse, repeat…


This was were I stopped, about two hours of work.  This image is saved at 25% and I was working at 50% when I was putting details on the eye.  You can tell I wasn’t zooming back out and checking my work, because of how skewed her let eye is.

Still I’m happy for two hours.  🙂


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”  –Albert Schweitzer

Between Study and Complete


Moving forward with one of my portrait studies, pushing it from sketch to finished work, still got a ways to go though.


“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”  -Frank A. Clark

One Student, Only Time


Portrait Study.


“A man’s greatest glory doesn’t consist in never falling, but in rising every time he falls.”  –Unknown

A Portrait In Blue.


Two hour portrait study.


“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”  -Benjamin Tucker

Polygonal Portrait


Taking a break from the character design to do a portrait study.  I downloaded a bunch of geometric and polygonal brushes for Photoshop and had some fun filling in the background with different shapes and experimenting with the atmosphere it created.


  • “Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.”  -Michael Phelps