That's All She Wrote

I guess I learned a lot. Good for me



Final Stretch

The Things You Choose To Be

Pete the Madman

I'm back in the swing of things. Veronica Mars playing in the background makes working that much better.

Gimme Somethin to Roll

Ran out of canvases.

Bummer. Should have been more aware of my inventory

No time

Falling a couple behind. Here is where I spend some of my time:

Hustle Blood

Context is important. You need to consider the context in which a piece you make will be presented, or the context a statement you make will be in. Since starting this daily portrait project, I've noticed I feel a lot more free and loose with the things I'm making. Maybe it's because I set myself a loose guideline for what's being posted, which is basically just a portrait. I'm able to use that format to experiment and try to be bolder. It seems to be beneficial, I don't have as much anxiety about making mistakes.

Back to the topic of context. If I didn't have this project going on, I would have to think long and hard about posting this portrait online because the subject matter is unusual for me. I just watched a documentary about MS 13 on Netflix tonight, and I wish those guys had some community centers to go to. Maybe play some racquetball.

I do like how it turned out though, and I learned a bit more about controlling wet media. Diluting acrylic paint is sort of like high school chemistry class... solute and solvent, and how to manipulate the solution on paper.

It's late.

Neutral Gray

It took me an hour and 20 minutes to find a parking spot last night.


It seems mostly my sketches have more character than a piece I tried to finesse. I think I will chalk this up to my lack of experience working with acrylic paint.

31 Portraits in October

This will be a much needed exercise in self-discipline. I'm going to make a portrait for each day of the month. If I don't succeed, I will certainly feel crummy about disappointing all three people who visit my blog.

Mostly I'm doing it for the satisfaction I hope to feel at the end of this whole project. I'm planning on experimenting somewhat with styles and techniques, but overall trying not to stress over individual portraits. Instead, I am focusing on the end goal, and being able to see the difference and improvement (if any) after making all 31.

Using a blog as the format for a daily regimen isn't anything new - Meryl Streep and Amy Adams starred in a movie about this very subject in fact. Once you do a thing enough times, it becomes habit, and feels less like a chore. I've been drawing since I could hold a pen and as fickle as I am, it remains the one thing I constantly feel compelled to do. Often I feel as though I don't do it as much as I would like, so that leads to personal disappointment. I'm trying to take baby steps to rectify this problem... we'll see how this turns out.

October is the best month of the year anyway so why not.