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?”

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 takeContinue reading “A Fear of Drawing With Colour”

Staying Motivated

Originally written in 2020 As I was sitting at my computer this evening, trying to think of a topic to write about, I thought about the art I’d done today. I did two hours of work on a large commission that’s been on my desk for the past few weeks. I’m getting to the pointContinue reading “Staying Motivated”

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 conceptContinue 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.  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…”