• It's Alive!: Adding Life to my Characters

    Feb 6, 2020

    At the end of the week last week, I had 8 pieces of artwork all shaded with pencil just waiting for me to add color to them.  Over the weekend, I realized that even if I went ahead and colored all of them, there were a couple that I knew were not my best work. 

    One of them I had already invested a considerable amount of time into drawing, redrawing, cropping, redrawing, and redrawing, cropping again and redrawing.  Thinking I finally had it right, I went onto shading.  But I really don't like the piece. It feels like I was just trying to get something done and it was the best idea I had at the time.  Which is the truth.

    I had a light bulb moment, however, when I realized that the pieces I liked the most had characters that I had drawn over and over again. I knew the characters form and I also knew the characters back story. I decided that to avoid making artwork just to fill a spot in my portfolio, I need to invest in a character and then let him or her tell their story as a series of portfolio pieces.

    If you want to see the rest of the images, in this series, follow me on Instagram. I post most of my process and portfolio pieces there first.

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