K9 Unit Portrait: MPD K9 Ryker & Officer Michael Kamerer

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A handful of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of the retirement of a K9 police officer from the Missoula Police Department, and now I can finally show you the portrait I did! Drum roll please! Yes, I know that the portrait was above and that you’ve already seen it so there’s no need for this reveal drumming, but I demand a drum roll! Here it is: Ryker and his partner in crime (stopping), Mike! Continue reading

Athlete Portrait: St. Louis Cardinals 3rd Baseman Matt Carpenter

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Though I will always be slightly bummed to not see David Freese out on third base, or just in a Cardinal’s uniform in general, it’s hard to be too upset when the replacement just happens to be Matt Carpenter. To loosely quote my boyfriend during Carp’s recent home run explosion, “dude’s a beast!” It’s hard to think that word applies to a man that doesn’t have the arms of Matt Holliday, but there’s no denying that he’s integral to the Card’s success. As Carp goes, so goes the Cards! Continue reading

Athlete Portrait: St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright

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Lance Lynn may have turned up his game this year and given Adam Wainwright a run for his money, but there’s a reason Waino is the one the Cardinals turn to in their time of need; there’s a reason he’s the one constantly in the conversation when it comes to the Cy Young award at the end of the season.  I sure know I wouldn’t want him staring me down from his place on top of the mound.  Sure, I would have trouble catching up to anything any pitcher throws at me, but that’s besides the point!  Waino is the best! Continue reading

Athlete Portrait: St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Matt Holliday

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I had a lot of fun working on the drawing of Molina I posted recently, so I thought I would give the rest of the players their due.  Well, the Cardinals players that I had good photos of from the game I went to last season.  I’m running out of reference photos, so I guess I will just have to go to more games next season!  Shucks! Continue reading

Athlete Portrait: St. Louis Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina

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Earlier during this past baseball season, my family and I were lucky enough to sit close to the field at a Cardinals game.  Unfortunately it went horribly and San Francisco crushed my redbirds (let’s just say it got so desperate that I was able to see Daniel Descalso pitch, a position player for those who aren’t fans of the Cards), but I did snag some decent photos from my seat in the crowd.  Which brings me to a drawing I always wanted to do, my favorite baseball player, Yadier Molina. Continue reading

Children’s Portrait: Autumn

Autumn (Colored Pencil - 2013)

Autumn (Colored Pencil – 2013)

Just like her brother Braylon, Autumn is another adorable kid with light blonde hair. Well jokes on you, kids! Those locks are turning brown before you know it! Live it up while you can! (I might still hold a little resentment towards my hair for going through this process…) Continue reading

Children’s Portrait: Braylon

Braylon - (Colored Pencil - 2013)

Braylon – (Colored Pencil – 2013)

Before starting this drawing of Braylon I made a joke that it has been a while since I’ve drawn a child that wasn’t furry, maybe hinting at a little worry about dealing with skin tones, but I’d like to think I was worrying for nothing. Continue reading

Samuel Portrait

Here is the moment you have all been waiting for.  Well, a couple of you have been waiting, the rest didn’t even know that a drawing was waiting for Christmas to be crossed off the calendar before the drawing could finally make its grand appearance online.  Drum roll please!  It’s baby Samuel!

Now that you have seen the picture most of you will probably tune out, but for those of you interested in understanding my process a little better then I have some notes for you below.  Enjoy!  And feel free to send any questions my way if you would like to know more. Continue reading