Pattie: Keepsakes

The background of this painting is a large shelving unit full of keepsakes. I’m excited and a little overwhelmed at all the detail to capture.

Pattie: Folds

Folds in clothing can get super complicated and as I move down the portrait I’m having to deal with more and more folds.

New Painting

The idea for this painting has been in my head for months and I finally had time to take the photos.

Even Slower

Today I’m drawing super slow, I took my time and just enjoyed the tiny details and building up the portrait of this figure.

More Time

I started drawing 1 minute poses of a model from DrawThis on YouTube, and after a few cartoon looking head I decided to spend some time and capture the person.

Just Heads

Working from YouTube and DrawThis, I’m finding it difficult to get the shape of this model’s face correct.


Even though I schedule my art time and try to protect it from distractions some things just can’t wait.

Needs Work

I focused on the face of the model today and I discovered that I need to work on drawing faces.

Back to Photos

The life drawing once a week is a great break from working form photos but I can’t do it every day so I’m back to my norm and working from YouTube.

Back to Photos

Well, I’m not drawing from photos exactly, I’m drawing from a YouTube channel called “Draw This” and it features live models.

Drawing Focus

When you have multiple things going on at once it’s very hard to do any one thing to the best of your ability, your best work needs all your focus.

Busy Day

I had a lot going on today so my art session was pretty simple. Setup, find content, start drawing. Short, sweet and to the point.

Music is Best

I consistently have better drawings plus I’m much more focused while drawing when listening to music.

More Time

I would hope that I drew at the same speed even though I have more time, but inevitably I slow down.

More Short Poses

I switched it up today and did some drawing from Draw This on YouTube, I like the format and the models better but it is a bit long so I just worked on the first part.

Just Drawing

I like it when I forget about everything around me and deeply focus on the shape of a contour or the edge of a shadow, moving through the drawing not caring about what I’ve done or what to draw next.


I’ve been following Brian Johnson and his work on YouTube for years and now me and my wife have decided to make a huge commitment to his program.

Drawing Slowly

My gesture drawing has changed over the years, I worry less about getting the whole figure in and more about the accuracy of each stroke I make.

Figure Drawing

I have big plan for the new year, it may take some time for them to get off the ground but it’s all about longevity. So here is to starting the year off right.

Light Touch

I used a harder charcoal pencil for this session, an HB conte 1710, I like the lighter touch needed for the figure drawing here and the focus on line.

Close Enough

I’m not worried too much about accuracy but I am happy that even after weeks of no drawing, only painting, I’m getting close enough.

Figure Drawing

I spent some time looking at my painting and I decided to call it finished, the rest of the session was some figure drawing from YouTube.