I'm 31, a graduate of the Pittsburgh branch of the Art Institute fast food franchise of art schools. Been out of school since 2001, and was building a decent bit of experience as a freelance artist until about 2007 when life sideswiped me and left me for dead on the side of the road.
Recently I clawed my way out of that particular ditch and have been making an effort to get back on my horse and ride off towards that happy ending sunset where they pay me to draw.
I am currently without a functioning scanner, so everything I'm posting here is digital. I love my Intuos 3 and my brand new Tablet PC, but I've always been more comfortable with pencil and paper.
Inspired by an old art school comrade, I've been trying to do a sketch a day, spending about a half hour or so, of a celebrity or movie character. Realism has always been a weak point for me, which I see as a huge handicap. I intend to brute force my way past this handicap with lots and lots of practice. My most recent is General Jack D. Ripper from my favourite film, Dr. Strangelove.
I also spent a few hours at Denny's tonight, just doodling. I'd hoped to sketch some patrons, but the place was empty, so the sketches below are what happened instead.