Is It Done?

I find that no matter how much time I’ve spent on a piece, or how meticulous I’ve been, there’s always a part of it I feel I can still work on. When I look at one of my portraits, I always see something I could refine, something I could do better. So how do IContinue reading “Is It Done?”

The Ugly Stage

Have you ever looked at a drawing you’re working on and decided it’s complete crap? I certainly have, and I guarantee every other artist out there has as well. I’ve heard it referred to as The Ugly Stage, and it’s an apt name.  It’s the stage in a drawing or painting where you’ve just laidContinue reading “The Ugly Stage”

Am I Good Enough?

It’s one of the challenges all artists face — that nagging self-doubt that is constantly telling us we aren’t good enough, we aren’t going to ‘make it’ as an artist, and that we shouldn’t be charging nearly so much for our work. So are you good enough? Can you be a ‘real artist’ and startContinue reading “Am I Good Enough?”

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.  Everyone is different and has different styles of drawing, so what you look for may be slightlyContinue 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 theyContinue reading “Picking References: Part One”

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…”

To Grid or not to Grid

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 littleContinue reading “To Grid or not to Grid”

Welcome 2018!

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!”