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Female Skull Value Studies Begun!

Just the first one! I’ll aim to get them all done within 24 hours! I’ll be completing them after work so i’ll only have around 8 hours!


Female Skull Studies for Crimson Daggers Mentoring with Shyam Shriram!

I’m doing an online mentoring program taught by the awesome Shyam Shriram.
The classes are held over at the Crimson Daggers forum here.
The whole initiative was setup by Daniel Warren and Dave Rapoza (the creators of the forum). If you haven’t heard of it before and would like to join in with improving your art skills then you can learn about the Crimson Daggers here. All abilities are welcome as we’re all about improving ourselves artistically.

So these are my first studies I’ve completed for the first assignment:

The full assignment is this (I’ve only finished the first part!):
10 Female Skull Drawings – please spend more time on the construction, only line drawings.
10 Female Skull Paintings (Black & White, no need to render too much, just concentrate on the construction and values/tones)
5 Master copies

More Maul!


Multiply layer core shadows, eyes and general face scaping! Still a lot to do. The more I do, the longer I realise this will take to reach the finish I want. I just need to set this benchmark of achievement so I can push at getting faster and better than whatever this turns out to be.

Sith+ Darth Maul Alternate Universe Update


Updated Maul. Added background, he’s seated in his cockpit. A cockpit of what? A Scimitar/Sith Infiltrator? Nope! What he’s piloting will give away too much a this stage as I’m not sure if this project with work or not. Using it for massive learning and good ol’fashioned fun! The “alternate” universe is a non-star wars universe though! Taking Maul out of Star Wars and testing and bending his design slowly until he cracks and explodes. More to do of course!

Alternate universe Darth Maul head shot Wip!


Spent a good amount of time on it this week. Pushing it as much as possible. Rendering light sources properly, dark darks, highlights defining core shadows more clearly too!

Unreferenced stuffingtons!

A few drawings straight from the noggin (head. for international readers). More of this to come. This is my not so serious stuff. I need to get serious!









I currently teach at an art centre in Hong Kong. We practice some English, read stories and paint some pictures. I use flash cards to teach and this summer we will be learning how to tell simple stories with 3 or 4 sentences only. These are some of my flash cards for this summers Fairy Tale project. I have very limited time to make these so it’s good practice but I end up wanting to finish them up a little more. I think I’ll add to the witch later. She’s got something going on, maybe.




I had the opportunity to spend some time teaching one of my students some slightly more in depth drawing skills. She chose what to draw and I attempted to explain the way to think about drawing using reference. Super simple language, a lot of body gestures and a lot of tiny doodles and using kitchen roll tubes with straight lines perpendicular to the length of the roll to observe how the rounded form moves in space (the line “wrapping” around the contours of the tube! She did a splendid job and she will be painting it tomorrow so I’ll make an update for her. That means I need to make sure I have more studies to update with too!