I wanted to improve on my color work, so I’ve been doing a series of one-day digital color studies. I came across Taeri Kang on Instagram a few months ago. She has a look that caught my eye. I found a photo of Degas’ painting palette and used it for sampling colors. I’m really happy with the outcome. I feel like I need to paint a few more before I get back working on my current oil paintings.
I’ve been following Russian model Katiusha Feofanova’s career for a lot of years. I first drew her back in 2011. So when I saw she was on a Vogue cover I was really excited to draw it. I drew the cover using pencil, color pencil, watercolor and pen on Arches Watercolor Paper. If you’re one of my Patrons, I just posted a time-lapse video of the drawing. Also, This drawing was part of my monthly original art giveaway on Patreon as well. If you want to win prizes like this click here and become a patron. :)
Since we all need Inspiration from time to time, may I present the The Siren Inspiration Book Part 1. I made this book years ago for my friends Sophie Ward and Stacy King to be an inspiration for a collaboration project we worked on called “The Siren Who Loved”. The book is 355 pages. None of the pictures are mine, just images found on-line. I’m really excited how it turned out. Even though the book is just an “in-house” book, I wanted to post a few excerpts out of each section, in hopes it inspires yawl. Hope you like it.
I meet Jessica Stein (tuulavintage.com) a few years ago when she was out in California. She is an incredibly kind person, and when she had her beautiful daughter Rumi, I had to paint them. :) Lately, I’ve been trying different techniques when I paint. Most the experiments have been done Digitally due to the quick turn around time (no paint drying 😏👍). In this painting I was working on blending less and using large blocks of color to imply shape. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It is always fun drawing friends.
If you are a Patron you can download the full version of this art on Patreon.
It’s funny how the littlest things remind me of being a kid. Making this video I couldn’t help but be reminded of that childhood feeling from when you first get to play with new toys that you just opened up on Christmas morning.
Instead of toys this year, my amazing family helped me out with art supplies that I needed and this was my first drawing getting to break them in. Postnova Stanislava (aka Ruby.Tear) is the Russian ballerina that inspired these sketches. If you have followed my work, for a period of time, I’m sure you have noticed a pattern that I fall into. Where someone Inspires me, I tend to draw them lot… I don’t know what causes it or why it happens. Such is life. I say all of this just to warn you this isn’t my last time drawing Postnova. 😉
The music in the video is by one my favorite singer / songwriters Lydia Cole. The honesty and purity of her voice blows me away every time I hear it. Her music is on repeat playing in the background when I’m drawing. Please check her out she is an incredible human being.
For those who have helped support me on Patreon over the last few months, I am forever grateful. Thank you! 🙏
Lastly, if you are trying to post a comment and the form keeps requiring a url. That is a bug i just fixed so just refresh the page a few times and you should be able to post a comment without having a website. :) Please do comment and say hi. I love hearing from you.
Valentines day. Love. After taking a few years off from making Valentines, I sat to consider what to make this year. With my eyes closed this little visual love story came to life. I wanted to capture the simple moments, the kind that are the most precious, the kind you don’t realize their importance until they pass you by.
*The second drawing was inspired by Joseph Lorusso’s painting called “playing their song”. ;)
It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since my last portrait in the Blogger Portrait Series. I’m happy to bring the series back to life with my friend Aimee Song. I meet Aimee back around 2008-2009. She is kind, amazing, and a hard working person. Check out her blog songofstyle.com.
Lastly, I’m uploading the a Coloring Book Version of this piece to Patreon. There are 3 days left to be in the running for the giveaway of one of my original drawings by becoming a patron on my Patreon. Subscriptions start $1 a month.
first of all, let me introduce my newest painting in my ‘Portraits of Japan‘ series. Inspired by a Daoko song 🎶 called fireworks 💥 Risa Nakamura (里砂 中村) inspired the look of the model. Selecting the right Kimono fabrics was quite a task. Materials: arches 300lbs cold press paper, watercolors, color pencils, finished the portrait off with gold leaf. I experimented with digital painting on top, working in more lighting effects. I love how it turned out.
Also, If you are interested in buy the original watercolor, it is for sale on my Saatchi store. just click the buy button below to get more info.
finally, thank you to my all of new patrons who signed up yesterday. If you want to become one, click the ‘become a patron’ button. To celebrate my first month on Patreon I’m doing a giveaway or 1 art piece and. 9 days left to be in the running for the giveaway by becoming a patron on my Patreon. Subscriptions start $1 a month.