Portrait of the Artist as a Vaguely Menacing Feline

Once upon a time, I used to paint things on a regular basis and post them online.


Some more finished than others.

Welp, after a long winter break full of procrastination painting, I’m starting that again.

Soon to be posted: lots of old paintings I never published, some tutorials and step-by-step progress posts, and one particular painting into which I’ve sunk more hours over the past month than I care to admit.

(Seriously, I never want to look at it again.)

(But I digress.)


Coming soon to internets near you.

TL;DR: I drew some things. Lots more posts soon.

Finally, some progress.

A slightly-closer-to-finished WIP

Finally, I’m making some real progress on a few old pieces! This one’s still quite rough, and it’s a mashup of several completely different techniques at the moment, but with the end of the fall semester I’m really excited to finally have time to work on it again. I’m trying to finish up my media tech “expert project” on using digital painting features in Photoshop, and hopefully put together some kind of cohesive series of the various things I’ve worked on (several of which I have yet to post anywhere).

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 11.50.52 PMHere’s some close up detail of the technique I’ve finally settled on for this one: it uses Photoshop’s “mixer brush” and a simulation of rough, streaky bristles to make it look like fairly realistic paint. The technique takes some practice, since it’s not as precise as I’m used to, but it’s actually quite a lot of fun. I’m hoping it will help offset some of the overly-airbrushed feeling that’s creeping in, in favor of rougher, more expressive brushstrokes.



Glass Portrait

Philip Glass, Digital paint in Photoshop CC with Intuos 4 Tablet

I finally finished my stylized portrait of the composer Philip Glass, whose  music and soundtracks make up some of my favorite studying music. I tried out some new techniques on this painting, including a canvas texture and a larger variety of more realistic brushes. As with my last big drawing, I’ll have a more detailed post on my media tech site ( on the Photoshop techniques I used within the next few days.

Reference photo of Philip Glass from Time Magazine

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Oh, and here’s a fun slideshow of the work-in-progress progression :)

A Study in Hazelnut

Nutella Study

Painted on Intuos 4 Tablet in Photoshop CC

This is my most recent painting, which I solemnly vowed to finish before the week was up. And voila, I finished it last night–it’s not perfect, and I could spend a lot more time cleaning it up if I wanted to, but I’m happy with how it came out and it’s good to finish things from time to time.

This is also the first painting I’m posting from my summer Media Tech project, which is an extended experiment in using fancy brushes, tablet settings, and other Photoshop tools to make more interesting digital paintings. You can read a bit more about the process on my Media Tech project blog here, but the basic gist is that it’s a study of a hyperrealistic painting by the amazing artist Marcello Barenghi (only click the link if you want to become thoroughly unimpressed with my version). I tried to recreate the materials he used with my digital versions of brushes, markers, pencils, etc., which was more challenging than I expected, but also a lot of fun.

In the next few days I’ll probably post a bit more about the process of drawing it, both here and on my Media Tech page. I think I’ll be trying out this technique a bit more in the future!

“Obsessive Drawing” Final

Art Final

“Obsessive Drawing” final project

So happy to have finally finished this!  Now on to the last of my actual exam-style finals (which are somehow not quite as much fun…)

Created with Wacom Bamboo tablet, Photoshop CC, and MATLAB. (Yep, that’s an IFS in the background, continuing the fine tradition of sneaking math into all my humanities coursework.) Photo Reference from Humans of New York.

Cinematic sketches… (work in progress)

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Wacom Bamboo Tablet, Photoshop Elements 9

So as you may have gathered from the picture, I’m working on a new project. One that involves sketches of characters from a really great movie, if you can guess what that might be…

Well, that’s all I’m going to say about that right now, mostly to keep the rest a surprise. (Although the mere existence of this post shows that impatience trumps suspense when it comes to showing off what I’ve been working on)

Oh, and in case your day didn’t have quite enough Samuel L. Jackson in it…

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Royale with cheese. (Unfinished/armless edition)