Sunday, April 9, 2017

Recent personal works 2017

I've only completed two works for myself this year so far, but they were both time intensive and fun.
The first was this Prismacolor drawing, 11x14, on Strathmore tan toned paper. My camera blew out the oranges a little bit, but this photo is mostly true to the original. I worked hard to make this drawing more painterly and complete than my usual commissioned drawings. I love the contrast of the blue curtains with all the warm tones in the figure.

 Here are two detail photos of the drawing, though the face close up was taken before the drawing was complete. I wish the freckles were more visible in the final version.

I love how bright and luminescent the shirt is, and I especially love the colors in the hands. Again, the orange is a little exaggerated by my camera.

My second work was drawn in Copic and Prismacolor marker on white sketchbook paper, 11x14.
Not everything turned out as I wanted, but for the most part it turned out good.

The large flower isn't perfect, but I love the intricate details of the stems and leaves around it.

  Here is a close-up of the figure.

A few recent works part 2

Here is another set of commissioned portraits I completed this last year. These kids are all cousins or siblings in the same family. They are all 8x10 on Strathmore tan toned paper. These all turned out great, and I think the photos turned out well too, as they were taken in the summer and the light was perfect.

This last portrait was the first drawing I did of this girl, but the parents wanted a different photo so the one above was the second attempt, which I actually like much better. Also, the photo of the art is more accurate.

A few recent works.

I did several commissioned children's portraits over this last year, all of which are 8x10 and rendered in prismacolor pencil on Strathmore tan toned paper. I will post them in groups according to the job. These were a group of 15 portraits, consisting of three portraits each of five children. There are actually sixteen total, because I didn't like one of the portraits and chose to draw a different photo.

Each group of three represents the same subject, just with different lighting and expressions.


 B. This is the one that I drew a fourth portrait. The one I like least is the last one in the group.

 C. I like all three of these, though they're very different.

C. I love the first two of these especially.


 D. The first one here is the best.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New website

If you're interested, I've made a new website for my artwork . It has recent works that are better categorized for viewing, and a page where you can contact me. Hope you like it.
The address is
Tell me what you think!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Joshua and Miyazaki

 This drawing is 11x14" and uses Prismacolor Markers and Pens, Copic Markers, Sharpie Oil-Based Markers, and Graphite Pencil. This was the first time I used the Sharpie metalic markers, and I was pleased with the results; they were reflective and shiny almost like a gold leaf painting!

 The reason for the painting title, "Joshua and Miyazaki" is the t-shirt Joshua is wearing. I debated on whether or not to use the details in his shirt, but in the end I decided it was one of the things that made the original photo so successful. This shirt was purchased on Teefury (I think) and depicts characters from several of Miyazaki's movies.

I definitely like how this drawing turned out.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pencil on toned paper illustrations.

I completely forgot to post these when I finished them. The fall one was begun a year ago (2014); I intended to finish it more completely but when I rediscovered it this fall I couldn't remember what I had planned on doing. So, I just left it as is. It is 11x14 Prismacolor pencil on toned paper.

11x14 Prismacolor on toned paper 2014

The second drawing was completed early this spring, and depicts two sisters. It is also 11x14, Prismacolor pencil on toned paper. I love how it turned out! My camera depicts the yellows a little more glaring than the original artwork is, and some of the subtle color change is lost, but you get the idea.

11x14 Prismacolor on toned paper, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Three E's

The E family is my longest term clients, as I have been drawing their grandkids since 2007. I just finished portraits for three boys from the same family...although I assume they're all older now as they look the same ages in the photos! The drawings are 8x10, drawn with Prismacolor Pencil.
The last photo of them side by side might capture the colors a little more accurately. Still working on it.