Monday, December 12, 2011

Lenny Kovner

Just finished a new website for the talented San Franciscan sculptor Lenny Kovner. Check out his simultaneously organic and industrial work at

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chuck Close

On intuition, I'm dedicating this post to Chris Norton. As this is the last post in this series, I thought it fitting to paint Chuck Close, a modern master of portraiture. I also experimented with a screen recording of the painting so those who have been curious can see a (sped up) portion of the process. Updates on the next painting series to come soon. Thanks all!

Image credit: Chuck Close.

And the video: Sorry it jumps, the free trial recording software only records 5 minute segments, and I got tired of restarting it. I recorded a five minute segment every 10 or 15 minutes, and compressed these 8 clips into this 6 minute video. Also, there is no sound.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, one of the most incredible artists of all time. This was a very enjoyable portrait and quite the change of pace as I was utilizing several paintings and a photograph that may or may not actually be of van Gogh as references. However, I think I'm satisfied with the result. For those that do not know what van Gogh looks like, I have also attached an image of one of his most famous self portraits, which I mainly worked from.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Taylor Swift

For Nathan Phillips. You are almost a Man. Drawn the usual manner, photo credit unknown.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Captain James T. Kirk

For Brian Kraft, in memory of the best Captain Kirk impressions I have ever witnessed: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Done in the usual manner, photo credit unknown.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Amelia Earhart

It was enjoyable drawing Amelia Earhart while at an airport. Done in the usual manner, photo credit unknown. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hunter S. Thompson

For Kyle Green, the infamous author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Hunter S. Thompson. Done in the usual manner by scanning graphite and painting in Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom Tablet. Photo credit: Associated Press.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mother Teresa

 Mother Teresa. Done in ballpoint pen, scanned, and lightly washed with grey in Adobe Photoshop. My Wacom Pen is currently out of commission, so pardon the chunkiness of the mouse-brush strokes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Salvador Dali

For Jessie Drake. Done in the usual manner, rather rushed tonight so forgive me. Photo credit: Philippe Halsman, 1954.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Grand Moff Tarkin

For Pierce Brown: Peter Cushing, better known as Grand Moff Tarkin. I feel thatif you look close enough you may be able to glimpse the reflection of Darth Vader in his eyes, but maybe that's just me. Done in the usual manner. Photo Credit: Lucasfilm.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Clint Eastwood

For Jake Schneider, who gave me my first real cowboy hat. Clint Eastwood, drawn in the normal manner (although with a slightly heavier dependance on graphite). Photo credit: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christopher Reeves

For Evan Christensen: Christopher Reeves as the original Superman, Clark Kent. Photo reference origin unknown. Created in the usual manner.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lady Gaga

For Heidi Bartlett and Rachel O'Conner: Our Dearest Lady Gaga. Drawn in graphite, scanned and reworked in Adobe Photoshop via a Wacom Tablet. Happy Monday, all.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Natalie Portman

For Michael Mantyla, the biggest V For Vendetta fan I know. Natalie Portman, image reference credit V For Vendetta. Drawn in graphite, scanned and reworked with a Wacom Tablet in Adobe Photoshop.  Thanks to Sarah Allen for the suggestion. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bill Murray

Ever since seeing What About Bob as a kid I've been a huge admirer of Bill Murray. Photo reference credit: unknown photographer. Sketched in graphite, scanned and reworked with a Wacom Tablet in Adobe Photoshop. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One of the most talented musicians of our time--Thom Yorke

For Josh Rayner: the Thom Yorke, the genius behind Radiohead. Done with pencil, scanned, and reworked with a Wacom Tablet and Photoshop. Photo reference credit to The Guardian UK.


Photo credit: New Line Cinemas. Digital Painting done freehanded with a Wacom Tablet on Adobe Photoshop.

Audrey Hepburn

For my sister: Audrey Hepburn. A combination of scanned graphite and Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom Tablet

Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey. Photo reference credit to Empire Magazine's recent cover detailing the upcoming Hobbit films. Sketch done via Adobe Photoshop