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Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Newest Portrait


Back in October, my friend Valen and I were sketching at a nearby Whataburger in Mesa, AZ, and I noticed a man standing near the door.

The guy had an amazing face with loads of character—and I told Valen wanted to do a portrait study or caricature of him.

So I asked Valen if I could use his phone and wandered over to the guy and we spoke briefly and he was very cool and allowed me to take some pics for reference—and agreed to let me paint a picture of him.

I settled on doing a more formal portrait and have been working as time allowed—hand painting it into software using my Wacom Intuos Tablet Interface.

I just put the finishing touches on it this morning.

As with everything I tackle when it comes to art I learned a lot by doing this one and am eager to do more.


BTW—I neglected to get this man's name or email to let him know that his portrait is done—so if you know him please send me an e-mail with his e-mail address so I can send a note out and let him know it's done.

Once I know who he is—I can give this painting a more elegant name too.

If you're the subject—thank you again for letting me snap some pics of you and paint this portrait.

Please drop me a line and let me know you've seen it.

I'll still retain ownership and copyright of my work but if you want to share it on social media etc please contact me and we can discuss that.

Either way you are welcome to share this link with friends and family if you like my work.

Thanks again!

"Whataburger Guy Portrait" - Copyright 2016 - Jephyr
"Whataburger Guy Portrait" - Copyright 2016 - Jephyr

Here's the original snapshot I used as a reference

And here is a look at some of my process steps as I painted the portrait above

"Whataburger Guy Portrait" - Process Composite - Copyright 2016 - Jephyr
"Whataburger Guy Portrait" - Process Composite - Copyright 2016 - Jephyr


Any who—that's it for today.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

Ciao fer now

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Few More Drawings From My "Sketchbook"

Pencil sketch -  Copyright - 2016 - Jephyr
Pencil sketch -
Copyright - 2016 - Jephyr


I promised recently to get some more sketches from my sketchbook posted here—and have a moment to finally get to that.

We'll get to a better look at the one to the left—and a little description about it below.

But first I'll start with two older ones that I rediscovered recently.


Sometime in 2015, my friend Valen had given me some loose sheets of paper that he uses to create comic book pages.

I don't know if they were made grayish or if they have simply darkened over time—but the scans of these drawings might look a little darker than other sketches I've posted here—and that's why.

Pencil sketch: Haruldius - Copyright - 2015 - Jephyr
Pencil sketch: Haruldius - Copyright - 2015 - Jephyr

^ ^ ^  I don't remember anything about creating the sketch above in 2015—but like the character's "look" and "ancient Egyptian" looking beard.

I also thought he looked a little like a sad version of a very cool Uncle of mine, Harold (a very upbeat guy), who passed away a number of years ago—so I called this character Haruldius in honor of him.

: )

Pencil sketch - Copyright - 2015 - Jephyr
Pencil sketch - Copyright - 2015 - Jephyr

^ ^ ^   Another "rediscovered" quick pencil sketch from 2015 done on the paper I described above.

Although, when I was scanning it, I named this sketch "Hubert"—it brings to my mind an mean old codger from my hometown named Charlie, who owned a record store there when I was a kid.

Ironically—He HATED all young "long-hairs" and hippies—who were becoming his primary customers at the time

I've been wanting to tell a true and funny story about old Charlie for some time a posting this sketch is reminding me to get to it.

So stay tuned to this Bat-channel for that some day soon.

: ?

Pencil sketch - Copyright - 2016 - Jephyr
Pencil sketch - Copyright - 2016 - Jephyr

^ ^ ^  I just finished the sketch above last night when I was hanging out with Valen.

He and I had gone to an art store recently and I picked up some Mono graphite pencils and really like how black they are.

I'll still keep using my trusty Faber-Castell drawing pencils—but they tend to be more on the grey side.

This character and background were laid out using a Faber-Castell 2B and then finished off with a Tombow Mono 2B—pushing some of the darker values into the image with it.

The background "volcano and cave" was just a bit of whimsy that sprung outa my head—and I decided to give the rock a bit of a fleshy, organic feel for some reason.


Anywho—that'll do it for now.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Thanks for stopping by!