so much to learn

Hi everyone, long time no post!

So I’ve been working a lot on commissions and patreon rewards and etc. I post a lot mostly on twitter and instagram lately but thought I’d do some update posts on my recent works I’m pretty happy about, I hope you like them too!
One is a showcase of how easy and fun it was to color, another to show some more value grasping and another study piece.

My methods are getting a lot easier on the proportions lately which I’m super happy about, but next is making sure my characters are anatomically correct and believable, but still grasping the composition of things.

If I don’t constantly review these ideas I’ll forget what I’ve learned and will go back to bad habits, poor design, and worst of all less than acceptable skill level.

So in order to avoid the decline of skill and ability (which I so desperately need to keep it up as it is) I want to talk about some artists/masters on a more regular basis to understand their methods and what I can take from them!

Howard Pyle.

Revered as the father of American illustration Howard Pyle was famous for teaching many of the great American illustrators during the American golden 1880~1920’s ; including N. C. Wyeth. (Which, if I’m not mistaken has an entire line of artist on his own, like Andrew Wyeth, that’s for another time) (also probably influenced a lot of John Watkiss’s murals)
His works speak for themselves but he was mostly considered on studying and realism, as he was in the golden age of american illustration his works were always sought after.

He made colored illustrations for books he wrote as well as was commissioned to illustrate.



Side note just realized how much Howard Pyle’s TheSalem Wolf instantly reminded me of Jean-Leon Gerome’s The Duel After the Masquerade,  which is probably due to the fact they both seem to use the steelyard composition.

I made this little diagram to show the steelyard compostion on each of these works, so the bigger the subject is the farther away from the edge of the entire composition, and the smaller the closer it is to the edge. They both successfully also use the empty space to showcase the tight grouping of details on each piece, SO COOL!!!

What to take from his works:

  • study study study: constantly study for form/compositions/materials and how to show it, even study old masters as they created shortcuts for us to take it from! USE IT!
  • colors: Just because something is in the shadow doesn’t mean make it black, add temperature (red/orange/blue/green/etc)
  • empty space: composition wise even empty space and lead the eyes to where you want the viewer to see, much like Frank Frazetta’s works, making most of the composition a background Howard successfully guides the viewers eyes to the details since they are usually bunch together in away the eyes can flow through as Andrew Loomis goes deeper into this idea in his books.

This concludes basically my ramble and thoughts on studying these amazing masters but I hope it helped you some way too!



So as I’m updating my resume and making a portfolio site and such!
(cause you know, people think you’re more serious if you have a paid url name)

I’ve decided to share my last month’s patreon reward piece along with a little reflection time on how far I got.
Previously, even just a year ago, doing a piece like this would’ve been WAY out of my reach, but I kept pushing each month, and even though the progress is hard to measure…when I look back on things I did even a year ago I am SO happy to say that “hey I’m getting better!” that’s one of the best feelings ever.

A little peek into my daily five minute journal you can tell the ups and downs I went through each day… and unsurprisingly I went really low often, as most of us do that decide to take artistic skill as their means to put food on their tables.

Enough reflection time and time to show what I did about a year ago that’s a ‘similar’ feel and what I was able to do now! YAAAY

Hopefully you can see the improvement! Gotta keep at it! *mental flex*

More thoughts

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with commissions. haven’t posted much of my pieces, but wanted to share that I have been drawing almost everyday since at least last year…kind of amazing..I’m pretty happy that I have that conviction to do so.
here are just some of the stuff I’ve done/been doing.

Motivational quotes

Soooo no, not really, I don’t have any motivational quotes! TRAP! Just kidding.

I haven’t posted but I have been making a lot of progress in terms of practice. I did however injure my back and couldn’t sit at a computer for a couple of days but I made up for that with more studies as well! It’s not the count but the quality, I know. So let’s hope that I did improve from the last time I posted! Here are a bunch of sketches, doodles, and studies!

The downward slope

So again (I know it’s getting annoying) I’m in a downward spiral of negative thinking and “hating” my hands/art/my skills etc. But as we know, no one likes to really read whiners and whining and etc.

As we all know “Resistance”♥ loves the fact that I don’t do my studies everyday, or keep telling myself that “I’m (insert negative comment here)”. But, yes there’s an uplifting moment coming, if not for anyone mostly for myself to REITERATE into my brain; I’m none of those and they are just excuses I’m allowing myself to believe so I don’t have to work for anything.

Yea it’s easy giving up, you don’t have to do anything. No I’m not talking about the decision of giving up but the action to give up is easier than doing my work. Which is to hone my skill/ level up my ability to draw and paint, making illustrations and the like.

I look at old masters and the books I bought to help myself. Flipping through them and researching old masters, what I realized was that somewhere deep inside me I thought myself better than them, in a matter of speaking. Not that my ability was better but that my “sense of art” was better. Reading Steve Huston’s amazing new book “Figure Drawing for Artists” he uses so many references and images to show me how old masters did gesture, structure, etc and it was by painters and artists that I took for granted. These painters and artists like Raphael Sanzio, Francis Boucher, and many others had their foundation and skills down, because that was their way of living. This is what counted for them to keep eating everyday and they were consumed day and night to be better than the other artists in their time.

No I’m not better than the masters, I have a lot to learn still. I have a long way to go to even reach the stars of where Jean Leon Gerome went, or even the sensibility of style that Leyendecker created, or the details that Adolf Hiremy Hirschl shows along with Sargent’s works. But I want to thrive to be better, to dare to say “I want to be called a master”.

I’m sure they all wen through doubts and self-pity and etc, maybe they didn’t but that’s not what matters. What matters is to keep doing, to keep working, to keep dreaming, and reaching out.

I guess it’s some what of a declaration within myself that I’ll keep studying old artist instead of feeling sorry for myself when I feel down from now on. To keep moving my hands even if I feel like nothing I do is better than before. Even if the doubt creeps into my head and tell me “you’re useless” “your skills are ugly” I gotta keep at it, accept that part as a friend that is trying to help me not get hurt too much by raising my own glass too high. I just have to show it other wise of what I’m capable of.

♥= in reference to the book The War of Art



Sorry for the long post/update on my brain thoughts. Here are some studies and such I’ve done since my last post.

Don’t remember

Hey everyone, or mostly myself in this case! LOL
I think I don’t have regulars or anything but I do need to be posting my thoughts and my improvements..or hopefully are improvements.

I ordered A LOT of books this past few months and they all came in! Hurray!
I am currently reading them all on and off but I highly recommend the book by Steve Houston, aside from the fact that he is our few living masters of our time he is a great teacher too!

Anyway let’s get to doing, here are some studies I’ve done since I’ve last posted.