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One Week Portrait, 2020

September 23, 2020

This year I decided to participate in both of Paintable’s One Week Portrait challenges. The purpose of the challenge is to create your best portrait yet. Instructor David breaks up the challenge across 5 days, which allows you to create your very best work while putting in as little or as much time as you want.

While I’m pretty well versed in digital drawing, seeing the videos was a great refresher and anyone who draws can always do with a bit of practice studying. Back in April, I created the first one, seen on the left, of model Hamid Fadaei. I chose the reference photo for its particular contrast, fun lighting, colors, textures, and of course… The smoke.

The second reference image I chose, by photographer Anna Danilova, was pretty much the opposite of the first. It was using really subtle colors and shades, most of it was obscured, and because there’s only a relatively low quality resolution copy of this image on the web (and I cropped it in on the face), I had to make up some textures and other pixel data.

Overall fun to do, a nice practice exercise, and something to keep my mind occupied while the world is currently exploding. Hoping to have some new illustrations soon. Thanks for reading. 🙂

Inktober 2018

November 1, 2018

If you follow me on social media, you may already know that I like to participate in Inktober every year. If you don’t know about Inktober, essentially it’s a drawing-a-day project meant to just keep you drawing. There’s not really any official rules to it, but some people come up with themes or prompts for things to draw each day. Personally, I just commit to ink, and draw whatever happens to come into my mind. Continue reading Inktober 2018

A look back at 2016 and 2015

December 26, 2016

Every year I like to take a look back at the works I’ve done and get an idea of what I’ve been working on, if it fits any kind of theme, and where I’m headed. Someone started organizing images such as the one below to show a month-by-month recap of some works created, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I’ve also completed some improvement memes to see what kind of progress I’ve made and if I’m on track to make more.
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