It has been WAY to long. But fear not, I am back, and just so you don’t think I’ve been slacking off on my creative endeavors here are some things to feast your eyes upon that I’ve done during my not-so-little hiatus.



So, here is a sketch of my current art history teacher (drawn out of boredom) and some notes I took between doodles.

This painting was a critique on modern societies obsession with all things apocalyptical and zombies. I used my own wife as a model to work from. We had a picture from Halloween that I used. It’s only the second face I’ve ever painted, so considering that, I don’t think it turned out to bad.

This first image is the finished painting

These next images are the first layer.

Here is a close-up of the nose and mouth which I am particularly proud of,

Its been a couple of months since my last post. It hasn’t been because of lack of projects. The new semester at UNLV started in january. Apart from my graphic design classes, I’m also taking another painting class, a life drawing class (which I’m really excited about) and an art history class focusing on art since 1945. I admit I’m not a huge fan of most contemporary art styles but I do enjoy learning why artists do the things they do.

Anyway, here are the rest of the paintings that I worked on last semester. The first is a still-life from objects around our house. The second in a master copy of a self-portrait of Eugene Delacroix. The third is another still-life inspired by the artist Frank Krifka and the Baroque tradition of heavy darks and lights.


This is a quick sketch (done in the near darkness of the classroom) of my current art history professor (she reminds me of Cruella de Vil’s not evil twin).

Done with mechanical pencil in sketchbook.

Alrighty, so about a week and a half ago I made my first sketchbook! Over the course of a couple weeks whenever my wife and I went grocery shopping I asked for paper bags instead of plastic. Then I did my own recycling of the paper bags. I cut them up into long squares, folded them in half and sowed them together with some wax string. I glued part of a put up coke-can box to the front and back flaps for covers. All in all i’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

And here is the first drawing I’ve done in it. Its a portrait of my wife, Ashley. I really like how the colors turn out with the brown colored paper. I had to crop the image of the portrait so the quality isn’t that great.

Here are some quick portrait sketches that I did during our vacation in Oregon a few weeks ago.
Pencil in Sketchbook
Bill Murphy a.k.a White Buffalo – Is my wife’s birth-dad and is a very accomplished glass blower. This sketch was done while he was creating a glass figurine. Check him out here.
Pencil in Sketchbook
This is my wife’s Grandpa on her Dad’s side. I drew this while we were watching an old western and chatting.








These are some portrait sketches I did awhile back. I was experimenting with my first fountain pen. I used my waterbrushes to create the blended affect.

My wife had taken some pics of herself as references for a drawing she was going to do and they were up on the wall above my desk so I decided to give one a shot. I used ink, a bamboo stylus, and some ink brushes.

These drawings were tons of fun, I used the smallest technical pen I had (.005) for all of them. I was walking around campus and saw some guy sitting outside the law school and he was smoking a tabacco pipe, I don’t think I ever remember seeing anyone use one of those except in movies, so I decided to incorporate that in a drawing somehow, and the rest of it just happened.

Here are some close-ups.

Prismacolor Technical Pen/Marker Thingy

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