My Art Practice: A Wishlist

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Dear Universe,

I’m too old to believe in Santa Claus, but I’m also practically-minded enough that I’ll try just about anything if I’m desperate.

So in the spirit of The Secret, or the Law of Attraction, or even “If you build it, he will come”, I’ve put together this handy-dandy Advance Christmas Wish List for myself that the Universe can peruse at its leisure.  Please note that every item has been carefully chosen to help me build, and solidify, my art practice. Continue reading

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My Daily Painting Experiment

Back in January, I started listening to a lot of art-related podcasts while I set up my studio.  One of the subjects that kept coming up was the value of daily painting.  The idea is that by painting small canvasses every day (or nearly every day), you could not only increase your productivity (obviously), but also give a serious boost to your skills.  That sounded like a win-win situation to me, so one week in February, I armed myself with a bunch of 8″ x 10″ panels and went to town (or rather, to work).  Behold the results:

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Lake Wanaka – Blue Sunset.  Available for purchase here.

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Jon x Sansa – WIP

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I really want to do a companion piece to my Sandor & Sansa portrait, but I’m having a tough time coming up with a compelling composition (not surprising considering how Sandor and Sansa are just kinda standing there, so… not much wiggle room, knowhutimean?).  In the meantime, please enjoy Battle Armour Sansa and Jon Snow v2.0 (Targaryen edition).

If anyone has any suggestions, please chime in!

Life Lessons from Kim Kincaid

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Kim Kincaid at work.  Image via Thatthornguy.com

How old is too old?

This is a question I’ve been wrestling with for some time now, particularly as I battle my insecurities about my work and, even more particularly, that sinking feeling that I’m doing too little, too late.  On a certain level, I know that if I don’t try to get a handle on my art now, I’ll just be that much older when everything does come together (yes, I’m an eternal optimist, just a dour and grumpy one).  So I guess the REAL question is: Would I rather end up an old bag with a failed, late-in-life art practice behind me, or just… an old bag?  I think we all know the answer to THAT question (hint: it’s the one with the words “failed art practice” in it.  Got it?  Ok, moving on…) Continue reading

My complicated relationship with Fanart

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Fanart doodles of Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, being forgiven and welcomed back into the fold, because I am really, really, REALLY counting on a redemption arc

I draw fanart.  I’ve been doing it ever since I saw “The Dark Crystal” in theaters way back when, filling my sketchbooks with doodles of Jen and Kira and the Mystics and even Fizzgig (no Skeksis, though -they were too difficult for my 8 year-old self). Continue reading

Face study: Mayowa Nicholas

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Mayowa Nicholas face study, done in Photoshop using brushes from Kyle T. Webster.

My first Superheroine painting went rather well, despite the fact that I never had an actual model in front of me at any point in time (this is all coming up in a future post, btw – I’m a little out-of-sequence).  The whole thing was cobbled together from images from vintage fashion magazines, the internet, etc.  A Franken-picture, if you will.  And because I wanted realistic shadows on the face, I used my own face as reference. Continue reading