I'm an artist and educator, currently living in Slovakia, and teaching English language learners. In my free time I draw and paint to keep up my skills and to make a little extra money. I've been meaning to make a sketchbook here for some time, but I didn't have time to re-size images, upload them to photobucket, and then copy the url's here. Now that I can upload directly, it should be easier.
SKILLS & GOALS:
As an artist my main strength is observational drawing and painting. I'm good with color, although I wouldn't yet call myself a professional. I have no real training in photography, digital art, or sculpture. I think I could be a professional if I devoted more time to it. I teach English in two different schools now, and I have a 4 year-old son to take care of. My dream is to teach art full time. I'm considering opening a school/artist residency here in Slovakia, and it would be very helpful if you could answer my poll questions - select all features that interest you.
I've selected one finished work that I feel is my best, just to show that I do have some skills. It's an oil pastel of a waterfall in New Hampshire, Arethusa Falls. I've promised myself that I'll only post recent and new sketches, as I have many older ones, but how would that show my progress? You can view any older work at my deviantart account (link in my sig). My recent projects are some anatomy studies (all from photos, unfortunately), some Slovak landscapes to sell, and some portrait commissions I'm struggling with.
Please give me as many detailed critiques as you can, especially on anatomy, but also composition, and anything else you feel important. It's all appreciated.
All the photos are from excellent artists on deviantart, including:
David L. Le Beck (photoscot) http://photoscot.deviantart.com
Francois Benveniste (fb101) http://fb101.deviantart.com
André Brito (ABrito) http://abrito.deviantart.com
Sita Mae Edwards (sitamae) http://sitamae.deviantart.com
Dave Hare (flash750) http://flash750.deviantart.com
Sascha Huettenhain http://saschahuettenhain.deviantart.com
Jose Manchado http://josemanchado.deviantart.com
John Peri http://johnperi.deviantart.com
Peter (mopas) http://mopas.deviantart.com
Marcus J Ranum (mjranum) http://mjranum.deviantart.com
Pascal Renoux http://renoux.deviantart.com
Rich (Samiguy101) http://samiguy101.deviantart.com
Richard Rasner (uniquenudes) http://uniquenudes.deviantart.com
Markus Weiler (mweiler) http://mweiler.deviantart.com