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This is my “blog” of sorts, when I create a work that I want to post and I think you might like, I’ll try to give you a little write up on it to get you a little closer to my work, what I'm doing and why. If you open up any of the pages there is a Disqus forum where you can leave your comments, all relevant comments/critiques are welcome.
Saffronia - From Four Women name recommended by Aaron Coleman. I started this sketch out a few weeks ago and came back to it. I will likely work up this digital versions into a pastel on board in the coming weeks. I created this in Procreate using my familiar charcoals and 3rd party paper textures. this time with some color added.The inspiration comes from some old wooden sculptures we had around the house when I was young. I’m not sure if they still exist at my brothers house now but I remember them from way back and that rough cut finish but I wanted to soften the feel a bit. I will be posting a video of this digital version of the artwork. And likely selling the pastel on completion. Sizes will be named later for the physical piece in pastel, probably 10”x20”

Saffronia

November 8, 2021

Saffronia - From Four Women name recommended by Aaron Coleman. I started this sketch out a few weeks ago and came back to it. I will likely work up this digital versions into a pastel on board in the coming weeks. I created this in Procreate using my familiar charcoals and 3rd party paper textures. this time with some color added.The inspiration comes from some old wooden sculptures we had around the house when I was young. I’m not sure if they still exist at my brothers house now but I remember them from way back and that rough cut finish but I wanted to soften the feel a bit. I will be posting a video of this digital version of the artwork. And likely selling the pastel on completion. Sizes will be named later for the physical piece in pastel, probably 10”x20”

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I worked up this portrait of Ashphord, a model that I referenced from New Masters Academy website. I went back to an old familiar palette and subject matter. I don’t want to be associated from my work as a portraitist although that’s most of what you see here. I see them as merely exercises to keep my hands moving, until I get smacked over the head with a concept I want to work on.

Ashphord

July 29, 2021

I worked up this portrait of Ashphord, a model that I referenced from New Masters Academy website. I went back to an old familiar palette and subject matter. I don’t want to be associated from my work as a portraitist although that’s most of what you see here. I see them as merely exercises to keep my hands moving, until I get smacked over the head with a concept I want to work on.

Apps Used
The pencil allowed me to lay down the graphite lightly but if I went in too heavy it would not erase wholly. However, once you lay down the water on the top it can dilute the tone and you can move your lines around. You can also use the brush directly on the lead or use the powder residue you get when you sharpen it with a sanding block. In that sense it’s a watercolor. 

The Man with the Bucket Hat

July 5, 2021

The pencil allowed me to lay down the graphite lightly but if I went in too heavy it would not erase wholly. However, once you lay down the water on the top it can dilute the tone and you can move your lines around. You can also use the brush directly on the lead or use the powder residue you get when you sharpen it with a sanding block. In that sense it’s a watercolor. 

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This drawing is from one of my personal photo references. I’m going to start using more images from my personal catalog instead of the amazing image references I find on the internet. I originally got into photography so I could create a reference library for my illustration when I was still doing pen and ink and airbrush illustrations so long ago. I have tons of images I could reference and I’m going to start using that resource.

A Creole Woman #3 - Introspection

May 25, 2021

This drawing is from one of my personal photo references. I’m going to start using more images from my personal catalog instead of the amazing image references I find on the internet. I originally got into photography so I could create a reference library for my illustration when I was still doing pen and ink and airbrush illustrations so long ago. I have tons of images I could reference and I’m going to start using that resource.

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This work is a break-away effort in my work to try to incorporate more of a story than just a facial study. The background was actually a photograph I taken of a building in So. Baton Rouge near the Garden District and the man is an unlicensed reference image from Unsplash

Garden District

May 2, 2021

This work is a break-away effort in my work to try to incorporate more of a story than just a facial study. The background was actually a photograph I taken of a building in So. Baton Rouge near the Garden District and the man is an unlicensed reference image from Unsplash

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Digital Charcoals The painting was created from a photo reference of the model, foreground and background created out of my imagination. It was one of my first from a new set of charcoal brushes built for the Procreate app. The set comes with a variety of papers that lend themselves for building out highlights in white charcoal.

Morning Espresso

February 7, 2021

Digital Charcoals The painting was created from a photo reference of the model, foreground and background created out of my imagination. It was one of my first from a new set of charcoal brushes built for the Procreate app. The set comes with a variety of papers that lend themselves for building out highlights in white charcoal.

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