As a Christian artist I enjoy creating artwork that would be pleasing to my Lord Jesus Christ. I make portraits, caricatures, still lifes, and character designs, and I have an interest in expanding with item and object designs. I like to make my artwork representational to the source material, even if the source material is something general like in a character design. God made this earth and everything that in it is; He has a knack for detail, so I like to create that detail also. I like to use realism in my portraiture to represent the person and their personality as best I can. With my caricatures I also like to attain a representation of the person and their personality, but with a cartoony and exaggerated twist. With character design I have the freedom of creativity with the restraints of the viewers knowledge of human appearance. For this reason I have taken more time to study the human appearance: facial structure, body landmarks, general appearance flow, and other traits of the human appearance. I believe that it is important to have a working knowledge of the source that I am creating, but I do not believe that it is important to study the nude figure. My reasoning is simple: you get better at creating what you practice creating, and I want to get better at creating images that please the Lord. While God created Adam and Eve naked in the garden, their sin brought corruption into the world. This corruption includes our very thoughts. So while the human figure is a beautiful thing, our eyes work mischief which can lead us into temptation and sin. By not drawing the nude figure, I reduce the availability of temptation.
The materials that I prefer to use are: oil paints for portraits and still lifes; pencil for caricatures and character designs; and digital for portraits, still lifes, and character designs. My methods for creating are generally the same across the board. I start with some kind of sketch, then I block in shapes. If I am working in value or color this is when I will block in the value of light and dark areas, and at this point the image begins to take life. With the basic values placed I now double check my shapes and begin to work on color temperature, color hue, and color harmony (I usually have a harmonic color theme thought out before getting to this stage). After all of that I add in the highlights and then check the overall values once more.
If you are to ever find me out and about there is a high chance that I will have a sketchbook and pencil on me. I believe that it is important to keep sketching and drawing and always look to your reference when drawing from reality. When sketching from my mind I always double check proportions and relationships within the image.