Gemma in the Sky
I’ve been loving going back through my old drawings and re-drawing them. It’s been very interesting to see the changes in my style and approach. This piece I originally drew back in 2009, you can see it here. It felt like it needed a reboot. What do you think of this version? I learned a lot making it.
I just finished up this portrait of shoe designer Amina Muaddi a few hours ago. I’ve been working on this over the last few days. For the portrait I used watercolor, chalk pastel, color pencil, and gold paint pen. I kept layering it until the tone and expression were right. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it. I’m making a video that will be out soon. Any suggestions for a song for the video of this portrait?
Insta Coffee Sketch
I know I’ve said it before, but coffee really is my favorite medium to paint with. It has such a soft rich color. This Study Sketch is from a series I started 2 years ago. I call the series “Insta Coffee Sketches”. The series came about when I was deleting pictures off my phone and I realized most of my phone was filled with screen shots of Instagram pictures that I wanted to paint. I printed out all the screen shots, and as my daily warm up, I will sketch or paint with coffee. This portrait is of Mai (im_5868 from instragram). I’m really happy with how this study turned out. I have a lot of trouble with portraits from that angle, but this one came out easily and was a fairly quick study.
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Back in 2011, I was asked to be apart of the Linda Vojtova‘s New York Exhibit highlighting her amazing career. This painting was one I did for it, but ended up using a different one. Looking back, I still really like it. The reference I used was from a photo that my friend Chadwick Tyler had taken and let me use. It’s funny how some pieces kinda grow on you over time. This one definitely has. Hope you are having an amazing day!
Lucy & the Cupcake
In honor of seeing my friends Max, Sherri, & the Bemis Family tomorrow… this sketch of their daughter Lucy seemed like the right post. Lucy really needs her own comic book. I am starting on a handful of commissions today and will be working on them for the next few weeks. With Christmas quickly approaching, if you are wanting to buy any originals or prints, it’s best to order sooner than later so I have enough time to get them to you. If there is any piece you want that is not in the store, just comment and let me know which one, and I will try to get it up in the store. I hope you are having a great day.
Miyako 眞鍋 都 (Miiiyaaakooo)
Drawing faces is one of those things that never gets old. I enjoy it so much. Peoples’ faces are so expressive and interesting. It’s such a fascinating subject-matter. Miyako’s portrait was another by-product of stumbling onto a photo that looked too fun to not draw. I couldn’t pass up drawing it. Today I was talking with my friend Katie Rodgers about cutting out those things that affect you negatively, and focusing on activities that lift you and the people around you up. More and more that is something I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been trying to figure out how to spread the hope and joy I have to you all, and encourage you. Well, I hope you are having a great day! ☺️
Some images, the moment I see them, I know I will draw them. This one of my friend Stacy King of the amazing band Sucré was one of those images. I loving drawing images from extreme perspective or images with a lot of foreshortening. In the past, I’ve been a bit too intimidated to delve into the deep end of foreshortening and strong perspectives. I finally started playing around with it. Though I still don’t feel comfortable with it, I have really enjoyed working on it.
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Nana Kato Study Sketch
For the last six months, I’ve been working on Character Design for my brother and my fiction book. Also, I’ve been working on characters for a manga I’m writing called “Lost in the Crowd”. I’ve never really done character design before starting these two projects, so to compensate for my lack of character design skills, I’ve been filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with face studies trying to see which version feels right for that character and to rule out the ones that don’t. This study of Nana Kato (katouchan) feels close to the vibe of one of the main characters, Yuki. I will be posting a lot more Yuki study sketches over the next few months. I can’t wait to start illustrating the first volume. Let me know what you think. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
Camille of the Trees – Redesign
Camille is a character I have had in my head for over ten years now. She is in the top 5 of my favorite characters in my brother and my upcoming book. At the beginning of 2018, when I started working on character design for the book, she was the first character I started designing. Even though I have been drawing people for years, I quickly found out I knew very little about character design. My first version of her was heavily influenced by anime
(cause I love anime) but it wasn’t quite right for our book. I took a few character design classes and earlier this year I gave her a redesign and this character was born. Her overall vibe feels right. What do you think of her? Also, this month’s Patreon Rewards are up, so you can download them here.
A Night on the Town
I’ve been working on improving how I render light and shadow. I desperately want to master dynamic lighting, so I thought charcoal on tone paper would be a good place to start. The reference for this picture is from Swedish model Mona Johannesson‘s Instagram. The picture had beautiful contrast, and i tried my best to capture the feeling I had when i first saw the picture. I really learned alot working this one. I hope you like it :) “
If you want to try out any of the art supplies I used on this piece I have links to the products below 😊
White Charcoal, Strathmore Toned Paper, General’s Charcoal Pencils 4B, Blending Stumps, Vine Charcoal, Kneaded Rubber Eraser, and MONO Zero Pen-Style Eraser