A tribute to Leonard Nimoy

well, I suppose I’ll start out by confessing the fact that I am not the biggest fan of the original Star Trek series.  However, I love Star Trek The Next Generation.  I really think it’s similar to the dynamic of some Doctor Who fans who never really watched the original doctors, but still love the series.

That being said I want to point out that I think Spock is awesome. The Vulcan character is a great, iconic character.  An amazing role model and the hero of many.  

So when I heard that Leonard Nimoy had passed my heart broke a little.   I learned a little more about the man, and he really is a legend.  

I sometimes spend days trying to come up with an awesome concept, something I know I’m going to love to draw, but also something that I know people will love to see.   But I didn’t struggle with this concept.   I jumped right into this drawing.   I hope you all like it.  

Chocobo on the loose. From Final Fantasy!

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Lot’s of excitement with the up-coming events.  “”I’ve got so much time and so little to do… wait a minute, strike that, reverse it…”” Enjoy this drawing of a Chocobo from the iconic game series “Final Fantasy.”   If anyone is interested in purchasing a print please contact me.  I will be setting up a shop online once I return from the convention.  

“A Candy Cane For You”

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I have got an early start on the holidays this year. And I’ve already built momentum.  Here’s my next piece. “A Candy Cane For You!”  I love it, the weather starts to change and the Holidays are finally here!  before you know it there is peppermint in the air and frost on the windows.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing originals, prints, custom work, or just to say hi 🙂

John Singer Sargent (inispires me)

Quite often, while scrolling through blogs and photos of art, particularly paintings, I pause.  I stop and stare at a painting for a minute or two and wonder if this is digital art.  or did someone really achieve these amazing effects with just oils and a paint brush.  Well typically, it is digital art, but not today.  I came a across a beautiful portrait that had these gestural characteristics, but the color and blending was so sharp and accurate that it looked real.  I thought there was no way this was a traditional piece of art.  And then I saw the name.  John Singer Sargent. 

His portrait paintings are so flawless, but also very gestural and impressionistic.  He has always been one of my largest inspirations, and after wasting another significant portion of my day staring at beautiful paintings, I am reminded why he inspires me, and why I love painting.

This is a link to the ‘entire body of work’ by John Singer Sargent,  which one is your favorite?  Let’s see if you can get lost in the artwork, just like I did. 

http://www.johnsingersargent.org/

 

Cream cheese

Cream cheese

I always get excited when there is cream cheese in the sushi. Although, I can only imagine that cream cheese in the sushi is far from traditional. It’s always delicious!

9”X14″ Oil on stretched canvas.

Untitled Sushi #6

Untitled Sushi #6

This Painting was done on a wooden panel. I love the texture I got from this painting. It’s much more expressive. I’m going to paint on a few more wooden panels today. I’ll be sure to post them a bit later.

One of my Favorite Artists *Michael Cheval*

The thing that keeps me going is finding artwork that inspires me beyond my own expectations.  to see something so epic, and surreal, that my mind is taken to new places.  Today I found an artist, that actually made me have to stop and waste several hours of my day staring at image after image.  Michael Cheval is a surrealist painter that paints beautiful realistic portraits, but also with surrealist qualities.  He has several other paintings which are all arranged into different series that represent a specific theme; Nature of absurdity, illusion of absurdity, sense of absurdity, and several other themes.   The themes are strange, to say the least, but still seem very appropriate and traditional.  Almost as though they were taken from some fictional history book.  there is no real way for me to identify or describe this artwork.  You must see it for yourself.  I am in awe of what some people can do with a paintbrush.  

http://www.chevalfineart.com/

drawing styles and drawing eyes

This is a tutorial that talks about all different types of drawing styles. It’s so important to know that everyone has a different style, and the main objective here is not that you guys learn to draw like me, but that you use my drawing strategies and tips to personalize your own style and become more confident in your own drawings.

Drawing tools

In this video post I’m talking all about the tools that I use to do my drawings. I go through a lot of drawing phases, and sometimes I change things up. But for right now these are the tools I use.

People come up to me often and ask me, what paper do I use, what type of pencils do I use. And It’s really not as important as you think. If I’m doing some quick sketching, I’ve been known to use printer paper and a pencil out of my sons backpack.

If I’m going to be drawing something like a finished portrait drawing, custom drawing, commissioned drawing, or whatever, something that will end up in a frame. I may use some different tools, but mostly, at that point it’s really just the paper that needs to be improved. Check out the video and let me know what you guys think.