2017 Art in Review

I am happy with this year’s turn-out as far as art work goes- especially considering I didn’t have enough art last year to come close to filling a monthly grid like this.


Technically my goal was to have a piece I was proud of each month. I was close. I give myself a little slack for November/December- I was really learning and trying to push some value, so I’m satisfied with that. Value-wise it is my strongest piece! June was certainly my weakest all around.

If I can get the same type of improvement by the end of next year that I feel I have this year, I will be content.

2018 Goals

  • Push painterly values
  • Learn to tightly control gradient maps and use it as a tool for painting
  • Develop a stronger understanding of color
  • Set up a Drip account, possibly an alternative to Patreon and gain a new following
  • Sketch at least something small each day
  • Boost social media network and build a good art community
  • Expose myself to more art and style to further develop my own

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Jaina Proudmoore- Battle for Azeroth

My last big art piece for the year! I honestly was not sure if I would complete it in time, but I was blessed with a very focused day today.

Jaina Proudmoore- Battle For Azeroth-2

I started this painting back in early November, soon after Blizzcon. Everyone was so excited about the World of Warcraft expansion, and I was really inspired! It didn’t take long for the inspiration to fall off though, and I found myself taking long breaks in between drawing sessions. I picked it back up this week and wrapped things up.

The longest part of this piece was definitely the values, and I still feel like some of them are still off. Most of this was colored by gradient mapping, another technique I will be continuing to practice. Finish off with some color dodge a la Ross Tran, and we’ve got a finished painting!

A fitting finish to 2017 that I am proud of. I think it shows a steady improvement over 2016’s work, and it inspires me to push forward.

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Year-end Comparisons/Patreon News

2017 is coming to a close- and I decided to go back in time and open up the old 2016 folder and see how I did!

I am overall pretty happy seeing the progress. I’ve been focusing on two different elements of my work- strong, detailed lines and painterly values.

2016 was a rough year. I didn’t finish most of what I started and lost focus. The work shows it.

I was smiling to myself at how the 2016 painting on the left took longer than the one on the right- and it was nowhere near acceptably finished. Hope for Westfall was a big step in a value/painting direction for me. I learned how to use gradient maps and really started to think in terms of value. I am putting all of that knowledge toward my current painting in progress, and learning a lot along the way. Hoping to have that one finished to wrap up the year.

My detailed line work made me smile too. Now, the 2016 on the left was not my best line work to date in 2016, but it certainly was indicative of my work that year- and anatomy was certainly not at the forefront of my concerns. That is another issue I would like to continue to address in 2018.

2016-lined-v-2017-lined I am finding that my work has become COLORFUL this year. I don’t know how it happened, but I would like to embrace and continue to push my own style, whether it be through detailed line or value. It wasn’t until the #bestnine hashtag came about that I realized it actually happened.



Near the end of this year, Patreon decided to start charging patrons an extra fee. While they did reverse their decision, the damage was done, and I decided to close up shop with Patreon for now. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated all of your support while I was open.

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So that’s that! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and wonderful New Year. Let’s make 2018 count!