“Art is a passion, I never draw something unless I have a feel for it. Sometimes the pictures may not turn out the greatest, but to me they will always be beautiful because they reflect an inner part of me.”
Today I am featuring a fellow artist and Shiloh's friend, Chelsea LaPan. Like myself, Chelsea is in her early twenties and has been illustrating since she was young. Her tools of the trade include: colored pencils, pen & ink, paint, and sometimes Paint.net for her digital pieces.
My wife, Shiloh, and I are very lucky. We are fortunate enough to have great friends. Not just good friends, but great friends. The kind you can depend on when times get tough. I hope you have someone like that in your life. Alisha has already been mentioned earlier as a very talented lady. But when her husband's birthday came up, guess what I decieded to give them as a gift...
Sorry for the delay in my updates. There has been a lot happening in my personal life, both good and bad. I am now a happy home owner, and we're expecting again! Our third child is due December of this year. But we've also had some losses recently as well.
But this post is about Dark Love. She is a character born out of a collaboration between myself and Davien Watkins, founder of Superhero Enterprises.
I love reading "how to" articles and tutorials online, especially when it comes to art. Speaking from my personal experience, I view digital illustrating to be a technical skill just as much as an artistic hobby. Besides having a skilled hand and a good eye, there are methods that work and can be taught with step by step instructions. It's helped me in many ways, as can be seen in my Blast From the Past series. Now maybe what I've learned can help you, too.
Earlier in the year, I was informed by a friend that somebody was experiencing some very serious health issues. I'm not a doctor, so I couldn't really understand the condition or offer any advice. But I was informed that they were a fan of Bryan Davis, a wonderful Christian Fantasy Storyteller. He's most well known for writing the acclaimed Dragons in Our Midst series.
It's no surprise that I'm such a fan of Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda is my personal favorite, but Super Mario comes close. F-Zero is also pretty cool, but I think I have a special place in my heart for the Metroid series. The main protagonist, Samus, is so different and fresh than the other bubbly and colorful cast of characters to come out of the Big N. Whether your your a fan of the silent robot protagonist, or the more emotional and human Zero Suit Samus, I'm sure we can all agree that these games are not just good, they're great!
Back in my high school days, I spent most of my weekends Super Smashing with a small group of friends. One of them, Edgar Corona, would usually play as Mario and he is still one of the most skilled players I know. Today, I am dedicating this picture to Edgar Corona and his wife to be, Gabby Staten. May your marriage be filled with many happy moments and hopefully some Smash Bros every now and than. And may Gabby never grow tired of the many video game references. Shiloh and I still think you should have Mario and Peach on top of your cake.
My wife and I have been thinking about gifts a lot lately. We have to buy some for our children, parents, brothers and sisters. However, we both believe the greatest gifts are not the ones we buy from the store but the ones we make. Which gave us the bright idea of this post.
What are my favorite gifts that I have made for people? I have a few. We'll start with the very first portrait that I did of my wife.
October 2010 was the year I participated in my first post-high school art show. It was held at Parkway Christian Center and I had under a month to prepare. I submitted two pieces. One I had already drawn and the other remained in my imagination. It was going to be a digital painting of Jesus emerging from the water at his baptism. I remember that most of the work was done the week before the show and I was beginning to feel nervous that I would not finish in time. My wife, however, encouraged me. After hours of painting everyday, I finished in time to have the picture printed, framed and displayed at the show.
I recently became inspired to draw a picture in a different style. I knew I wanted to illustrate a black and white image, with an accent color of blue or brown, of a girl with big innocent eyes. My first thought was to draw my wife. However, since most of my portraits are done of her (five so far), I figured this would be a good opportunity to draw the other girl in my life, Ellie Bean.