The painting today is of Risa Nakamura also known as Risadoll. She has a great look and was really fun to draw. So last week I was experimenting with digital painting. I’ve done a little bit of it throughout the years, but for the most part I don’t enjoy doing it as much as real life painting. For this piece I started out with a black & white pencil sketch in my sketchbook that I digitally colorized. I really like how it turned out. My brother thought it was kinda different for me… What do you think?
I started learning Japanese a week and a half ago. Everything I read about learning the language said I needed to fully immerse hearing the language. Which brings me to Natsume Mito. I’ve been listening to a lot of music from Japan to help with my language skills and a few of Natsume Mito’s music videos pulled up into my play lists. She has a really fun and adorable style. I did a series of sketches of her and this water color painting. I had a lot of fun with it, so I’m starting a series called “Portraits of Japan”.
I had some fun yesterday with a scratchboard and water soluble crayons. I was looking through Irish model Laura O’Grady’s Instagram account and was inspired by one of her posts. I sketched two versions of it, and will post the other version tomorrow. Also, I have a video coming soon. Hope you’re having a great day.
My brother & I are branching out into photography, and I’m happy to finally post some of the photos I took this last summer during the few months I was living with my friend and photographer, Chadwick Tyler in NYC. I had the pleasure to work with the lovely Anastasia Krivosheeva. She is an amazing & delightful person. Chadwick surprised me with his craftiness constructing this flower head piece. This photo was one of my favorites from the shoot. It was originally a black & white photo, but I decided to try out some different colorizing techniques I’ve been working on. All of the color tints were painted. I can’t wait to show you more images and am hoping to start taking some photography jobs. Also, Anastasia is an up & coming photographer as well as a model.
Yesterday, I was scrolling through images on tumblr, when i stumbled on to one of the most adorable actresses i’ve seen. Her name is Nana Komatsu; she is a Japanese actress based out of Tokyo. She inspired me to start sketching, and this painting was born. It was a mixed media portrait using coffee, fluid inks, and color pencil on Arches water color paper. I hope you like it.
Also, just wanted to update you on a few things. David and I just finished the second draft of our first novel. We can’t wait till you all get to read it. Tim & I are about halfway done with the Dream Walking Society album. It’s going to be amazing. It already sounds so good. :)
How about you? how are you doing?
A little while back, I came across this picture of Kiwi Model Emily Baker. I had been wanting to paint a picture of her for a while, but I was waiting for a reference that really captured her amazing personality. During that time, I was experimenting on some new painting techniques. For this I used my own version of Tint type techniques. I like the vibe of the final painting. What do you think of it? Hope you like it :)
Well most of you might already know her, but for those who don’t, it’s my pleasure to introduce my good friend Andy Torres of the blog StyleScrapbook. I’ve known Andy for almost five years now, and i had wanted to do a portrait of her for my “Blogger Portrait Series” ever since i met her. She and her boyfriend Richard are two of my brother and my favorite people. Check out her blog and i hope you like the portrait.
Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had a relaxing one. Just hung out and worked on this portrait of the beautiful Daphne Groeneveld. As some of you recall I did a portrait of Daphne Groeneveld, for models.com’s Top Newcomers Spring 2011. I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I would have liked on my last portrait of her, and though i really like the first portrait, I thought I would do another one and spend a little bit more time on it. Last Friday I picked up a pencil and some illustration board and started sketching and this is what was born out of it. I really like how it turned out. I feel like it captures a touch of feeling in the expression. My picture was inspired by Alasdair McLellan’s photo. I hope you like it :)
So, I recently started a new round of Blogger Portrait.. The last one was of John Jannuzzi and now my latest is my friend Chiara Ferragni. David and I first met Chiara at New York Fashion Week Fall 2011. We had a lot of fun hanging out with her! She is super sweet :) I feel like it is very elegant looking and captures her well. I hope you like the portrait! Also, we arrived last night in New York and are in SoHo today getting ready to begin painting at the soon-to-open Tiffany & Co. SoHo store at 97 Greene Street. I’ll be finishing a mural there Monday through Wednesday. If you can come on by during the day, we’d love to see you! If you can’t make it, we’re are hoping to UStream some of the painting.