Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Self Portrait

kinda feels like standing naked on
a podium posting my drawing lessons.

this is my self portrait done in pencil.
i think it would have been easier in charcoal.

i seriously don't have lips but make up
for that in wrinkles!

i'm really looking forward to becoming
better at drawing...

added a little color using Procreate..
Repix & Snapseed

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Skulls..Eyes…Noses & Mouths….oh my….

i mentioned in my last post that i was taking Gillian Lee Smith's
Unearth Gather Create class. i'm posting these images for myself…
to show my weaknesses and …hopefully…improvements over time.

first of all…sorry for the poor photos…the
lighting in my studio leaves a lot to be desired.
this was an exercise in mapping the skull using
a square as a starting point. in all these photos i
used a standard pencil and dollar store note pad…
drawing along as i watched the lesson... 
so i wasn't trying for life like shading….just correct
proportions….and no….he's not wearing sun 
glasses…that's just a representation of the size
of our eye sockets.

here i tried eye proportions from the 
front…side…and 3/4 view.

next was the front view of a nose 
and mouth.

and last a 3/4  and side view
nose and mouth.

i really am loving this class and
Gillian's teaching style. she mixes
her formal training with her personal
experience presenting the lessons
in a laid back style. i also like that
even though the material list suggested
for this class would be more than i
could afford she emphasizes to use
what you have….even if it's just pen
and paper. i'm looking forward to the
remainder of this class. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015


she wears flowers in her hair…..

i'm taking Gillian Lee Smiths Unearth Gather Create class
in hopes of improving my drawing/painting skills. one of my
first assignments was face mapping and shading. this is my
first attempt:

as far as face mapping.. the proportions aren't correct..
although with faces really anything goes. i opened my
drawing in iColorama and changed it in Style to
Threshold to get this:

i took this to PS CS5 and used the select tool on the
black…saving it as a png (i also made a brush to use
in CS5). this allowed me to use the drawing without
including the white background.

next i opened this image of a Klimt painting in Repix:

 i used the Van Gogh brush to blur
sections of the photo ending up with this:

then on to Procreate where i added the
png of my drawing:

i cropped out the section with the face and
painted in the flower..white high lighting and
the design in the lower right corner. 

next i took it to iColorama and added the lettering
in the lower left corner and the paint drips.

i then opened it in Analog…adding the white dust
and scratches…to get the finished piece.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


they always stay close….

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hello Ruby in the Dust

listening to a little Neil Young and playing
with apps….

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stardust & Fire

…had a wonky face 
and no neck….lol

Saturday, July 11, 2015

House of Cards

sometimes it feels that way.....

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Swimming in a Fishbowl

aren't we all…..

here's the original photo from the 2013 Beard
& Mustache Championship:

i added the goldfish using PS CS5 and then opened
it in Brushstroke app applying Simple 5:

opened this in Repix and blurred the background:

took this to Procreate and painted in the color/bubbles:

took this back to Repix and scatted a little dust around:

i finished up by taking it to Path On and adding my
own version of some Pink Floyd lyrics.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

He Captured Her Heart

they have a way of doing that.......

the original photo:

opened in Brushstroke and changed to a painted image:

taken to Procreate and added some color:

still in Procreate...overlay an old digital collage,
masking out her face:

opened in Analog and added a few scratches:

took it back to Procreate and added
the heart and string:

finished by opening in iColorama and applying
Style/Coherence and painted some white
splatters using Brush/Paint

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Star Light Star Bright

…i wish i might
have this wish
i wish tonight

i started with this magazine ad:

cropped to get a close up of her head
and took that to Brushstroke to give it
a painted look:

took this to Repix and blurred the background,
 smoothed some skin texture and added some stars:

opened this in Procreate and added some more color
to her face and the light reflection on the side of her
head. i finished it with "star shine" using LensLight
and adding the wording in WordSwag.

Monday, July 6, 2015

If You Could Read My Mind

this…..reminds me of my teens

i began with a magazine photo:

i opened it in Brushstroke and applied
Simple 2:

next it was opened in Procreate where i
added a little color:

then i took it to Repix and blurred the
background to give it a smoother look:

the piece was completed in Analog
where i added the scratches.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


sometimes things get a little heavy…

i began with this photo from a magazine:

it was opened in Brushstroke and Lead 1 was applied:

next i took it to iColorama and applied
Style/Simplify/4/14, Brush to mask what 
i didn't want and add the random letters, 
cropped, then Form/Straight to skew the
 image so she looked bent over:

i finished up in Path On, adding the wording
on her back.

Here is the journal spread i did with
this piece:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

One by One

don't they always...