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Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the students at Truman High School (pics courtesy of Jennifer Moody). For those not familiar, Truman HS is an “alternative” high school, and each student attends Truman for their own unique reasons (bullying, attendance issues, social challenges, etc). I was invited to tell the students about my story and show them my artwork but, as I began to speak, I realized that I had an opportunity to deliver a message that was far more meaningful and, ironically, less about me… and more about them. As a society, these kids are often marginalized because...

Final Drawing: BeastMode. 15” x 24”. Pencil on paper. This drawing took 40 hours to complete. One thing that I really wanted to focus on in this drawing was accurately portraying the various textures within the composition. I wanted the helmets to look solid, yet truly shine (if you look closely in #50’s helmet you can see the reflection of CenturyLink Field). I wanted the jerseys and pants to look like soft fabric while also showing movement. I drew individuals blades of grass to further heighten the sense of realism. In all, I think the piece came together nicely, and hopefully...

Thanks to social media, I’ve had the opportunity share my work with a lot of people over the past several month. Each time I post a drawing, at least one person makes a comment similar to “How did you learn to draw like that? I can only draw stick figures.” My reply is always the same: there was once a time that I could only draw stick figures, too. A person doesn’t get “good” at something overnight. I’ve spent literally thousands of hours drawing throughout my life. In the beginning, my drawings were utterly terrible. But, over time, they gradually got better....

  [embed]https://youtu.be/R6JWrZIdvRo[/embed]   Final drawing. Seattle Storm: Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. 15” x 23”. Pencil on paper. This piece is going to be at the center of the Storm’s season ticket renewal campaign. Starting Friday, the only way for Storm fans to get one of these prints is to renew their season tickets. It’s actually great timing because their Season Ticket Holder Party is the following weekend, and I’ll be joining Sue and Jewell at the party to sign prints for fans. Should be fun! I had a lot of fun with this one, but it wasn’t without it’s challenges. Drawing faces are always...

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZopboz9q44[/embed]   Final Drawing: The Huddle. 15” x 23”. Pencil on paper.  Prints are now available. I can confidently say that this is the best drawing I’ve ever done, and is also my highest commissioned piece ($4k), which I plan to use towards an upcoming charity project. This piece challenged me in so many ways. For starters, this the most ambitious composition that I’ve ever attempted. There are eight players in this piece, and nearly the entire image consists of ultra-high detail. Needless to say, this piece took a lot of time to complete. I spent over 60 hours on it (an all time high for a...

I still cannot believe I turned my back on art for so many years. But it feels great to be back in the game. The crazy thing is I feel like I'm learning to draw all over again. Like I hit the reset button. Everything is new and, in some regards, I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm figuring things out as I go. For me, there's something magical in that discovery process. Isn't that what art is all about? To dig deep into your soul and channel every ounce of that energy into your work? When that happens,...

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