Portrait 15, 16, etc

My 99 Portraits project is going slowly, but progressing steadily.

Portrait 15 is another commission pieces of an adorable child emperor. Give gifts to your future master and he may spare your life.


On the other hand, Portrait 16 is an experiment with contour and crosshatching. I worked on this during last Friday’s life drawing session at Jankura Artspace. I might do a few more in this style in the future. Or I might not! ^-^

Portrait 17 is in the making. Here’s a close up. I’m going to do some minor collaging for this one.

Meanwhile, I got another commission. Somebody loves Star Wars, so a Star Wars cosplay is what they get! Pew pew!

July 8th Drawing: An Homage to Frida Khalo 

Last Friday Jankura Artspace had a special drawing event celebrating the Mexican artist Frida Khalo. 

We started with six gesture drawings in order to choose the long pose as is the custom at Jankura. 

Not particularly happy with how they came out, but hey, gotta keep practicing. 

For the long pose I focused on the face. I think I messed up on the inking, but I think the color usage was a nice change of pace. Might try some more of that in the future!

Keep arting my friends!

99 Portraits: 9 & 10

Two more portraits finished. I’m still working with a ball point pen base, brush pen for the dark and conté pencil for the highlights. Occasional minor color highlights either in pen or pencil.  

First portrait since last time is for a former coworker who now resides in the UK:

Portrait 9: Matt

The second is for a former student:

Portrait 10: Jaewon

I’m planning to get at least one portrait a week, if not more. If you want me to draw you, send me a message and I’ll add you to the queue! If you’d like to own the drawing, we can also discuss price. ^^

99 Portraits: 7 & 8

This last week I was able to get two more portraits finished, plus a third one is mostly done. But I’ll share that one next week. 

Portrait 7: Yaar! Captain Forrest

Portrait 7 is of an old college friend who is more than happy with a crazy pose. Of course this was exceedingly fun as a result. Yaaaar!

Portrait 8: A Casual Couple

Portrait 8 is my first official portrait commission. Even though the commission was for a couple portrait, I am only counting it as one for the purposes of enumerating my 99 portrait project!

If you would like me to draw you, comment below or on send me a message on Facebook. I’ll draw you for free! But if you’d like to own it for yourself, I’ll happily convert your money into a physical piece of art. It’s magic! ^^

99 Portraits: 1-6

Drawing the human face is hard. 

It’s hard, not just because of the intricacies of the facial features, but also our own ability to see if something isn’t quite right. So I decided to embark on an artistic journey, creating 99 portraits to help me understand the face better and to develop my own styles further. I hope you decide to come along for the journey!

Below are the first six portraits, drawn between May 27th and June 6th, 2016. 

Portrait 1: Woman in Profile

Drawn at the May 27th life drawing session at Jankura Artspace, I produced this profile relatively quickly in about 20 minutes. The great thing about life drawing sessions is that it helps me focus on the task at hand. 

Portrait 2: ‘Elias’

After I decided to take on the project, I put out a request via Facebook for volunteers to let me draw them. To sweeten the offer and to kick start the project properly, I offered the final drawings for free (save for shipping cost of outside Korea). The first person to request a portrait was a friend from college who asked if I could draw her two kids. And so I did. 

Portrait 3: ‘Ezra’

Working at home on these two took much longer than at the studio. On the one hand the environment was not as focused and I also could take as much time as I needed. Throw in distractions of a computer and household chores and it takes longer. The question is, does the extra time add anything?

Portrait 4: Existential Woe and the Black Valentine of My Miiiiiiiiind

Portraits four and five were done at the June 3rd life drawing session. While this is a good way to work on the overall number of portraits I’ve finished, I think in the future I might refrain from jumping strait to the portraits and work on the total figure. 

Portrait 5: Youthful Superciliousness

The second upside to doing portraits at life drawing sessions is I feel less guilty about giving them fun titles. 

Portrait 6: Kyle with Kyle Eyes

Last night I finished portrait six. I had some problems with this one. My initial drawing was way too narrow so I had to start over. I decided to add some studies of eyes on the side because sure, why not?

I also did this rough sketch of a singer. But I feel it’s too rough to add to the canon of 99. 

I currently have about six more requests lined up. If you would like me to draw you, please comment below and I’ll add you to the queue!