A Fear of Drawing With Colour

One of the things I’ve noticed in my own work is that I tend to desaturate my subjects. By that I mean I make my portraits less vibrant and colourful than the references I’m working from. The reason for this is fairly simple: you can always add more colour, but it’s quite difficult to take … Continue reading A Fear of Drawing With Colour

Individual Hairs Made Easy

One of the hardest parts about drawing in coloured pencil is how difficult it is to use a lighter pencil on top of a dark one. Though you can to a certain extent, I've found I don't get the nice crisp, clean lines I'm looking for. I thought today I'd share some of the techniques … Continue reading Individual Hairs Made Easy

Getting Started with Coloured Pencils

I’ve seen a lot of posts online lately asking how to get started with coloured pencils, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts. I started using coloured pencils a few years ago, and I was terrible at it. I’d only really done watercolour and ink up until that point, and had no concept … Continue reading Getting Started with Coloured Pencils

Picking References: Part Two

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

Picking References: Part One

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

Making Time for Art

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

But Everyone is so Much Better Than Me…

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…