Last year I did a series of three horse portraits for the foyer of my new house, and I’m really excited about how they turned out! Though I have been involved in the horse world since I was 10, and owned horses since I was twelve, I had yet to draw a full-colour horse portrait … Continue reading Horsing Around
Last week I wrote a post about where to find reference photos to draw from. This week we’re going to continue that topic, but we’re going to focus on what to look for in a good reference photo. This is a drawing from one of those reference photos that I saw and just knew I … Continue reading Picking References: Part Two
One of the most important things for any artist is finding good reference photos to work from. Although I’ve gotten much better at drawing things from my head, for any detailed work I have to have a picture to base my drawing on. When I’m drawing someone’s pet, the client sends me the photo they … Continue reading Picking References: Part One
If you want to get better at art, you have to practice. One of the reasons my art has gotten much better over the past few years is that I draw almost every day. The trouble is, very few of us can afford to be full time artists, so how do make time to practice? … Continue reading Making Time for Art
I am a very competitive person. I don’t often get upset when I lose, but I sure do like to win. I like to win at board games, at video games, and in sports. But I also like ‘winning’ in other aspects of my life: I always wanted to have the best grades in school, … Continue reading But Everyone is so Much Better Than Me…
Someone recently asked me what I do to get better at art, and I thought I’d share my answer on here. I’m a self-taught artist, so I’ve never taken any kind of formal schooling or art lessons beyond high school. So how do I learn? What materials and references do I use? To be honest, … Continue reading How do I improve?
Lately I’ve been taking a lot of work-in-progress photos and videos, to try and show how I work and the process I like to use (I’ll be posting some of that on here, but if you want more in depth blogs, follow me on Patreon). What this means is that people see all the little … Continue reading To Grid or not to Grid
It’s hard to believe it’s already 2018… where did the time go? In any case, happy New Year everyone! 2017 was a great year for art for me — I attended my first craft fair, completed Inktober, and explored a number of new media, including charcoal, pastel, and coloured pencils. As fun as 2017 was, … Continue reading Welcome 2018!