Category Archives: Portraits

June 22

James

What is the likelihood that the first title that pops into your head, you’ve already used? How many Rocket Man posts can I create? James Harden of the Houston Rockets may be more deserving of the title from a literal POV, but I sketched the rocket of another James – James Todd Rouse – at […]

June 02

Olympian

Simone is my second portrait experiment in Procreate, and also from an editorial feature in The Gentlewoman magazine I used for the Rodarte sister I posted. I experimented with several layers and am getting the hang of being in the right one and how to choose when to add a new layer, but this small […]

May 10

Gentlewoman

Finally! And fi-nal-ly, I sprang for my first iPad. I have waited for the perfect pencil for a long time, but Luddite that I am, waiting years on technology is no problem. It’s been worth the wait. I’ve been playing with the layers and features, and watching YouTube videos and generally delighting in having a […]

February 04

Secret

She looks like she has one. In the flight magazine photo it’s based on, the woman is more skeptically amused. I tore out the photo on an Alaska air flight to San Jose last weekend to squeeze in some art time. I have been at a new job for nine months now, and it still […]

January 25

Backwards

Everything about this effort was backwards. It began with lazily copying a flower motif from a throw pillow onto craft paper in my sketchbook: low effort, low attachment. I counterintuitively added the cat after and behind the flowers.  I then began my descent into art supply free fall. Darkening it with peerless water colors, then […]

December 08

Avatar Dog

A friend visited last weekend and we went to the Apple Store and cooed over the iPad Pro. The drawing apps and pencil were really amazing.  I’ve wanted an iPad off-and-on for years, but couldn’t really justify it. Still can’t, actually.  Not for awhile anyway. I decided I didn’t need it to do “looser, painterly’ […]

December 04

What?

In the original photo by Scott Shuman (of  The Sartorialist), this man is clearly laughing at something. Hopefully that translates. Throughout this study I felt he was yawning – politely trudging along with me for the two-plus-months’ journey of lunch hours, stolen moments, and problematic-hand-abandonment. I finished it tonight sitting in front of a fireplace […]

November 12

Mr. President?

Quick and dirty is showing. Mine and Donald’s. Based on a sticker on the back of my notebook that was, well, unflattering to begin with, I have created the Pig Man.  I drew directly with a set of gradient gray Pitt markers onto the craft paper in my  Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  This grotesque lunch hour […]

September 11

Westward

It was time to go home. I am not made to sleep upright. I envy people who can immediately power down anywhere, anytime, and for any duration. When I’m abandoned by such people on long-ish flights, audiobooks and doodling are the paths through sleep-deprived resentment. I would draw them, but somatic geniuses always want the […]

September 07

Peru & Chicago

The flight from the west coast to Chicago is about four hours. The timeless “right brain” state feels good, shuts down the mental chatter, and transforms long trips into wine and pretzel blips. I finished one of my earlier Scott Schuman fashion portraits with some Derwent Inktense blocksticks that I’ve been keeping in a pouch […]