Sir Frank Swettenham 1904

My first digital Sargent copy, which I posted a while back on conceptart.org, got scrapped, and unfortunately I never got around to reposting the images.

It's been 8 years, so I figured I'd give it another go.. with the step by step below..
(btw, this time I won't mess with the images, so they're here to stay)

Also, to properly do a Sargent copy, you need about 30-50 sittings, which these days is pretty hard to have the time for. Here's where it's at after about 10. Enjoy!


Reaching Out

a supportive response during trying times. Prayers attached to this piece..



Inspired by LinRan... but not quite as controlled yet. Still learned quite a bit by doing this piece.


demo for a friend..

Here's my quick study (as far as I will take it for demo's sake)..

From a Painting standpoint, here's how we need to think of it. The simpler, the better.

From a Drawing standpoint, here's how we get there..

-Think simple first... a cylinder or a box next to another one.
-Then get to a comfortable point where we can adjust/modify that box or cylinder.
-Once the base is there, think of the other features as miniature forms.
-Refine and start pinpointing the corners of those forms.. more importantly, where they lie on the bigger picture.
-Now it's possible to design the shapes...
-..until we have our Refined Lay-In.

The rest is a combo.. back and forth, from drawing, to painting, to designing/abstracting, and repeat.. and repeat...

Hope it helps :)


plus a page

for good measure..

as requested

Dark to Light.. My favorite of the set. Learned how to control my values a bit better for when I go back to work...

Light to Dark.. Tricky to get likenesses at this scale. Will have to keep at it. :)

Mid-tone out #1.. the original was too narrow, so I stretched a bit in Photoshop. I am not ashamed.

Mid-tone out #2... as usual, I like the preliminary steps better.


a return to study :)

A New Year brings new methods for me.. and a return to my own personal schooling..

A couple of friends said I should post some of these film studies to share. I have lots, but here's a snippet.
Cheers and Happy New Year! More to come :)