I could never justify complaining about my life…

…but I work a lot. It’s my lot in life, but for the most part it has brought me fulfillment and happiness as well as the ability to pay my bills.

The thing is I am a very creative person with a strong love and need to create. Music, art or poetry, it’s all the same to me, a creative outlet.

The problem is when you work 60+ hours a week and have a family, there is very little ME time. This is one reason why I don’t write long blog posts or comment on the blogs I follow as much as I’d like to.

It especially frustrates me when I find a great video like this one that make me want to actually practice my craft/crafts, but I will have to wait until I have more time. I really dislike waiting. I’m a more seize the day kind of guy but I have a finite amount of time or energy.

In the interim, I guess I’ll just watch a ton of tutorials and hope some of it sticks.

Want to compose a song? Duane Denison is here to help (part 2)


Photoshop Painting Tutorials (and why I missed posting for a day…)

So I woke up this morning and realized I skipped a day on posting to this blog. Not really a big deal, but I fear that one day can turn into one week or one month. For me a strict routine is needed or I tend to just fall of the cliff, free-falling until I’m struck by a ledge that has jutted out from the side of the mountain. Then comes the tedious climb back up…

What I’m saying is that if I don’t post daily, I won’t even post weekly…and I want to. This blog has been my most successful and enjoyable and I plan on keeping it that way.

The reason I missed yesterday was because I immersed myself in some very enlightening and fun to watch Photoshop Painting Tutorials.

Here are the links:

Digital Painting 101- (1 of 5) – Intro from matt kohr on Vimeo.

This last video is 5 parts and has a lot of beginner info, but I always like “brushing ” up on my Photoshop painting shortcuts and tricks anyway.

Vinnie & The Plant WIP (And Why I Like To Rework Old Art…)

Here is a preview of my current project, some of you may recognize it as I have posted the original recently, which made me think, why do I like to remake my old art? Well, I have spent time learning how to use some great programs (Adobe Illustrator,Photoshop) and have found that I really enjoy creating a better representation of my art, lack of actual drawing ability is no longer a handicap!

Sometimes I also find that sometimes my tools are inhibiting my vision, a pen that starts to run out ink or not having the right color marker or the right kind of paper. If I was a better artist these things probably wouldn’t be an issue, but what I found with making vector art is that I don’t have these drawbacks and I can see a clearer vision of what I am looking for.

Sometimes I’m still not happy with what I made on the computer, but another thing I love about making vector art is that I can go back later and make minor changes without having to redraw the entire piece.

There is also the ability to animate my art better in vector format.
It is a little like cheating if you ask me, but in the end it gives me better satisfaction and I feel like it actually helps me draw better as well (I’ll get into that at another time).


My Favorite Martians (FROM SKETCH TO ART) Part 1 of 3

On these 3 posts we are going to look at my process for creating my piece “My Favorite Martians”.
Click Here to see the finished image.

Here are the beginning Illustrator files that I imported into Photoshop for painting.




Here is a video from YouTube that shows my basic process using the pen tool. On this piece I didn’t trace my own work, I found reference characters and tried to create mine loosely based on the characters but with my own flair.