The latest in today's episode of "How Art Makes Me Feel" via a chart:Read More
I'm struggling with feeling like "I" am apart of my art... It seems like I put in all this effort, and yet the final outcome is somehow impersonal - despite all the time that went into it. Why is that? Turns out...Read More
I believed that simple hard work would make it easier, but that's a fallacy. The truth is, it doesn't matter how many hours you put into a piece... there is not a simple formula that makes you improve in order to become an expert. No, the truth is... it's no one thing. It's not a formula. *Surprise, it's an art.*
In that manner, practice doesn't make perfect. You can put all the hours you want into a piece, but if it doesn't make productive improvements, then it's not going anywhere. What do I mean by productive improvements? Fixing the base issues, I guess. Fixing the lighting so it has balance; fixing the color so it's clear; defining the texture so it feels like it is what you say it is. If you're not practicing in improving that, then you're wasting time and effort.
This is when that good ol' saying comes into play: "Work smarter, not harder."
There is a chart for every aspect of my experience, and I love it.Read More
Tonal Studies vs Drawings. Is there a difference?Read More
Project of 52 Illustrations.
That moment when I thought I'd be able to meet my end-of-the-year expectations at the beginning of the year... So, recalculating course.Read More
The 365 Sketch Project for 2017.
My Art in Review.
2017's 365 Sketches Project overview: the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, I did become a whole new artist by the end of the journey, so I must have done something right! Let me break down how it went:Read More
My current mood. I'm just... feel like I keep running face-first into a brick wall, and I don't get what the issue is. They say that "practice" is all I need to get over this, but it doesn't seem like I'm getting over this any time soon! But now... I think I'm on to something.Read More
Quick guide to landscape study sketches, I should say.Read More
I accidentally made a portrait of a man instead of a woman... where did I go wrong?Read More
What a cool commission idea requested by Dallas of him and his cat, Milo.
t's fun to see these things come to life. I kept the background on this one a little more "unfinished" looking. I thought it added a great texture and atmosphere. The tail change was a last minute request by the client.
Here I go, getting all bold by adding my real identity with my artist handle:
I used to hide behind an ambiguous logo.
It started out as a symbol. It was a watermark that I used to stamp on photo manips I made in Instagram... then it morphed into something I tried to make into a "brand." After a while, I still felt like it was ambiguous and wasn't 'me'.
Since I've gotten more confident in my digital illustrations, I've started to want to sign them, rather than merely watermark them. I'm sure this won't be the last signature style I'll ever use, but this is a mark of a transition. I'm dropping the random swoosh. It is a new dawn, a new day, a new life.
And I'm feeling good.
This illustration is of a character in Robin Hobb's "Realms of the Elderlings" series. This character is mysterious, pale, quick of tongue, and been known to be mistaken as a woman. This character has orchestrated several events in the series, and we are all left to wonder who really pulls the strings.
It's an honor to have my work so valued that people request commissions of their own. I am highly critical of my work. I have set the standard so high that I rarely feel like I meet that expectation... but I strive to meet it for you guys. You deserve the best.
This Renaissance-style commission takes on an unique aspect of portraits. This gender-fluid character defies all expectations, with avant-guarde, modern accessories that are illustrated in the traditional baroque style.
I am very honored and excited to announce that my work has been featured in a magazine. Subrosa Magazine features local Columbus Ohio artists or artisan businesses along with art of all kinds from all around.
I never really realized that my artistic journey is probably not unlike any other artist's. Whether you're holding yourself back from taking the step, or simply haven't recognized you're talent yet, take the plunge.
It probably goes without saying that I am humbled and uplifted to have such a large feature in their publication. There is nothing quite like the affirmation of a group of people publishing your artwork by their own selection and esteem. I hope to continue to create works that awe and inspire everyone... and myself.
Progression stages for 'Jack's Summer.'
It's all Picasso until the eyes come into completion.
I like to start with a base layer that just swirls colors all over. Even though the main subject is one color, make sure that pieces of the colors from the whole palette are mingled in the subject... as well as making sure the subject's main color is splattered throughout the background. This helps to create unity in the piece.
In every sense of the word, the strategy behind my style is to simply let loose the edges and colors and let yourself fall into creativity. Let go your expectations. Let go your control. And play.
Stage 1: a brief blocking of colors and shapes to form the figure.
Stage 2 - infinity: add layers upon layers of a strokes with a slight blur to help define the subject - without actually adding definition. The more mingled the colors, the better.
Stage Final: Final touches are to add pieces of splatter and shadow/highlights to fine tune certain edges and
The secret? Only pieces of it are "in focus" or have a realistic look. Then let the rest be more expressive than you find comfortable.
I believe that I hit a milestone in my digital art. I created the best portrait I have ever done, and I have written out the step by step process on how I achieved this look...Read More
Thank you, 2015! It was quite the adventure. I'm happy you forced me to document it so much.
I learned to not be so hard on myself. I learned to play. I learned to embrace color. I learned to not have a preconceived notion of what I was trying to get out of the image, but I learned to let the image create itself. I learned to look up, to look down, and to tilt the camera for funsies. I learned that my camera doesn't focus where I think it does , and I learned how to take my camera off of automatic. More importantly, I just learned to document everything because, upon looking back, you never know which moment you will cherish the most.
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