Sunday, September 30, 2012


Just finished up with a new painting. Focusing this time on color theory. It's tricky business, but every little bit of practice helps.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Magical Gift of Talent

Talent. That rare, magical little gift a select few individuals are lucky enough to be born with. Well, I'd have to disagree with that. In fact, I'd go so far as to say, it's not necessarily rare at all, that it's very much attainable by anyone who wants it (but still a little magical). And you might think that's easy for me to say, considering how some may or may not view my work, but regardless I do strongly believe that the definition of talent is something else entirely and far from what most assume it to be.
We as people are all created and born into the world the same way. Sure the circumstances and conditions under which we enter life differs from person to person, but at the end of the day we're all made of the same stuff. So then what makes one person more talented then another person in a particular field?
Here's the secret, or at least what I consider to be the definition of talent in my opinion -

Talent is merely the motivation and drive to become better at that which you are most passionate about

No one is born talented. No one is born with some magical power that you yourself do not possess. The cold hard truth is, people who are so called 'talented' need to work their asses off in order to get to the level they themselves aim and expect to reach. It's a personal decision within ones self to master a particular skill, that skill they have such a love for that they simply cannot let it go. They cannot give it up without being left feeling empty and uncontent. And they will continue to strive for refinement and perfection until that longing is put to rest.

I can't tell you how many time's I've heard peers, students, friends, or even family tell me that they're just not good enough at something. People tend to envy others for the skills they themselves lack, either that or they are completely over come by the weighting doubt that they will never reach the kind of level they admire in others, and thus give up before even trying. It all comes down to how much you want it. Whether it's drawing, painting, modelling, writing, directing, acting, ect - It all comes down to what you're willing to sacrifice and how much you're repaired to commit in order to become the very best you possibly can be.

The really cool thing is, is that you can become a pro at anything, you can process the talent in whatever it is you want to get into. As long as you know beyond a doubt what it is you want. Because that's half the battle. A lot of people out there don't know what it is they want to take from life, and that is the difference between someone who reaches the stars and someone who looks up at them. When you know what it is you're passionate about and you just go for it, and you don't let doubt, uncertainty or other people hold you back from perusing it you are going to move forward. Yes, it'll take a while to reach your destination, in fact a lot of the time it seems that it takes a life time to get there as you become better and better, evolving along with your skills and 'talent', but you'll always be moving forward. But if you don't know what you want, or you don't have the kind of clarity needed to decide between what you think you might want to try and what you truly hold a passion for, you will be at a constant stand still. For there is nothing to strive toward, the incredible fuel needed to move forward is simply non existent.

It's important to realise that whatever it is you want in life, it is there for the taking. You just got to know what it is you want. Take control, and move at your own accord rather then settling for the left overs that life hands out to you. Living within circumstance, letting life lead you rather then leading it will simply leave one unfulfilled.

In closing, know that nothing is impossible. Know what it is you want. No one starts out as a pro. They simply put in the time, and practice in to better them selves. You become good at what it is you do most. Use up your time to procrastinate and complain and you're going to become really good at it, and like wise if you are proactive in practicing what you are most passionate about, you will master it. Our ability to evolve and adapt through practice is an amazing gift that should not be taken for granted. But it can either work for you or against you, and sometimes we don't even realise it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Value Study Speed Paints - Featuring Ms Fox and Breaking Bad's Walter White

Some more value studies. Again using references to focus on lighting, shadow, and the construction of the painting itself. These studies help to refine my workflow, so that when I need to pull this stuff from my head I can focus less on those elements and more on the design and composition.

Yep. It's Megan Fox. I know I know... Most of my subjects tend to be celebrity crushes.
Another entire year of waiting for the second half of Breaking Bad season 5. :(
Flippy Floppy Hat.