Saturday, February 26, 2011


Far and away the hardest skill for me (and probably just about anyone) would be gesture drawing. It requires a great deal of dexterity, anatomy knowledge, and speed. All throughout my years in schooling I've had trouble with it, and still do, but I'm going to post some drawings anyway. The method taught at Watts Atelier is significantly different from that at CSULB, so it's a bit of an adjustment for me but with more practice and studying I'm sure I will get better. Some of these are already looking halfway decent, but I know I have a long road ahead.

(That figure by herself was drawn by one of my instructors, Erik Gist. Gives you an idea of the height I'm reaching for.)

(Most of these were 2 minutes.)

Just kidding, not all of these are gestures. This was done Friday night, while I was battling food poisoning? At least, something was not sitting well at all, so I never got to really sit down with it as much as I'd have liked. Still, I told myself I post whatever I drew that night.

Practice, practice, practice.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Finishing touches

Still some things to correct and smooth over here and there, but it's just about done.

They heard me singing and they told me to stop,
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock,
These days, my life, I feel it has no purpose,
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface.
Cause on the surface the city lights shine,
They're calling at me, "come and find your kind."

EDIT: This is too amazing not to share, in time for The Legend of Zelda's 25th Anniversary.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


It's (past) time to kick this painting into high gear and get it out so I can start another one.

I'm daily reminded and humbled in class just how many thousands of hours I still have ahead of me to get where it is I want to go. Miles and miles...

Monday, February 14, 2011

More anatomy studies

And yes, these are females again. The reason why? It's easier to understand what's going on here as opposed to drawing muscular men, with shape on top of shape and muscle on top of muscle. It just gets bizarre and pretty gross, unless you're drawing the Hulk or something.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vasquez Rocks

My friend Alex Rico organized an art day yesterday at the Vasquez Rocks in the Santa Clarita Valley, where we hiked, drew, and painted. It was an amazing experience with the most perfect conditions, and really reminded me why I love doing what it is I do. All of us that went had tons of fun.

That said, here are some little gouache comps that I did after our hike.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Muscle studies

Today couldn't have ended better - apparently a local news station is doing a piece on the Watts Atelier, and while looking for things to film, I overheard the lead compliment my painting and tell his cameraman to get footage of me working since "I look like I know what I'm doing." That on top of getting a good review makes for a good day.

That said, here's some muscle studies...from female body builders. You'll thank me for omitting their fake nails, jeez that was creepy to look at.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A new week...

...with new opportunities! Here's a drawing from Friday night.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Value study

Obviously still a WIP.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Some sketches done while on lunch breaks at Barnes & Noble.