Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.


Intro Post

I would like to kick off my first blog post here by being transparent about myself and my design process.  I spend most of my waking hours creating things, talking about creating things, or consuming creative things.  I just enjoy pretty things including hair and makeup, clothing, interior decorating…the list goes on.  My aesthetic is typically reflected in my subject matter.  I look forward to a long time of using this blog to share in my passion for making the world a nicer place to look at while expressing my own as well as the vision of my patrons.

Now before I get all Von Trapp and go into a tirade about my favorite things I’ll go ahead and post a Work in Progress (WIP).  This particular item is created with pen and ink, and color pencil and will become my new website header and the basis for my visual identity.  As an illustrator I would like to lean to this type of work as it’s more indicative of what I do.


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Photo on 1-23-14 at 4.55 PM