Portraiture in Charcoal

Portraiture in Charcoal

I’ve been silent for a month, forgive me. I’m not sure if I’m asking for forgiveness from you or from myself for neglecting to update.

I’ve been taking a class at Stanford on portrait drawing with John Peck and I have come to enjoy it more than I thought I would. Before I had never invested any time in portraits out of fear. I took this class because of that fear, and while there is still much to improve on I have pleasantly surprised myself.

I’m using Canson Mi-Tientes toned paper and Nitram charcoal.

First session:

Second session:


Third session:


…and the most recent session. I neglected to take a picture of the 4th, so here is the 5th:


However, I have been putting minimal effort towards my homework, either out of travel out of town, laziness, or exhaustion. My teacher appropriately called me out on it and I will work harder.


It is fun to see the progression from the first class onward. Looking forward to a new model this week.

REDdit Gets Drawn

REDdit Gets Drawn

Today I thought – hey wouldn’t it be nice to paint and not be in front of the easel, perhaps on a comfy couch?

I’ve always wanted to try digital painting so I looked into brushes for photoshop.

Kyle’s Brushes are super affordable and amazing. I bought the gouache set for a whole whopping $7. I first heard about them while editing photos for a friend and listening to ArtProGoShow Episode #5. Kyle talks about his illustrations and his custom brushes for Photoshop. I know I’m not the first person to learn about them, but I am probably also not the last. I figure what the heck, I’ll try them.

Lo and behold here is my first shot at digital painting for Reddit Gets Drawn.

It’s a little messy, but it adds character – right?

I’m a podcast fanatic – if you have any recommendations please let me know.