I was actually pretty impressed with how this one came out. I did an overlay after the fact and found that there really is very little difference between this portrait and the photograph it was taken from. Due to not liking how it screws with my layout I've decided not to share the original. Not to mention I have gotten approval to share the photo from its owner but just trust me, it's really really close! lol Seeing it here on the screen though, the differences are a little more noticeable. See a larger version of the image in the portrait gallery.
I have to admit I was unaware of who Robert Ohotto was prior to making this portrait and so in the middle of its creation I decided to go research Robert on Youtube and see what he was all about. I only really picked up that he is a life coach and is very emotionally connected to himself. Through the videos I got a clearer idea of what he looks like and decided to use Creative License to give him that scruffy look he sometimes goes for in his YouTube videos. Not sure that it is preferred but I thought it looked cool and since the portrait was beginning to look a little too much like Arnold Schwarzenegger I decided this would help make it more distinctly him! See the larger image in the portrait gallery.
Woohoo! I managed to get this done in one day! I mean that's not a miracle but when you've got as many things to do as I have it kind of is. I've decided to start really copyright marking my portrait work. I've noticed there are those out there who will do anything to get what they want and I am not about to let me work be stolen. Anyway with this one I almost gave up on it somewhat early on as I noticed the eyes were spaced slightly off but you know what I pressed on. It doesn't have to look exactly like the photo is just has to look beautiful and resemble the individual to count as a success for me personally and I had to remind myself of this. Liz Dawn Donahue portrait can be seen in the Portrait Gallery.
I've listened to Gregg Braden speak about subjects that essentially bridge science and spirituality and that's what drew me to his work many years ago. I bought and read his book 'The Divine Matrix' and found it very fascinating. I love how he can talk about scientific things and give them a spiritual spin as well as talk about spiritual things and show how they are actually scientifically founded thoughts and ideas. As I am attending an event in November at Celebrate Your Life where he will be attending, it is my hope to gift this to him and I also hope he will help me in return by signing photo prints of this portrait to be sold at the event and beyond if necessary. It is so exciting! Larger version in the Portrait Gallery.
Over the coming months I have plans to do a lot of portraits and just got my first I suppose, in a long line of portraits to come. Some will be color but I think most will be black and white. This is going to be a massive learning experience, or skill inducing one. Every time we practice with something we hone our awareness of it and so putting in several hours of drawing a day I haven't done in a long time so I expect this to be very challenging. I intend to complete a minimum of 23 portraits by November the 4th and likely several more. Here's one I just completed of a boy named Graham. You can see the full size image in the portrait gallery.
So you may recall a little while ago I made a portrait of Bryant McGill. Well I wanted to send it to him so I decided to scan and send him a file instead, he may still get the original. I had to get a scanner printer for this and so now I'm the happy owner of a scanner printer which means I can sell prints! And since it's right in my own home I can be sure that the quality of the final prints are top notch! I have beautiful photo paper and everything. This will be fun. You can see the full sized image in the Portrait Gallery.
Greetings my fellow co-creators. I have returned from a journey I took to KY where I hung out with a group of Royals from the Royal Society. We enjoyed each other's company, ate food, and enjoyed some festivities. we also did some creative photography which was super fun and our friendships were deepened. I wish to encourage you to remember to take things lightly and have fun as often as you breathe because to me that is what life is about, making the best of things. Here are some photos of the fun we had together as well as a sketch I completed upon returning home.
When we come together our creative ideas tend to build off one another and things that would otherwise never have been conceived or even be possible... are simple and fun and manifest instantly. We had soo much fun and got a pretty good workout might I add!
For those who are curious I sketched this strait from my own mind with no reference. It is based on a character from a short film I worked on years ago called Alien Zupiter which actually never was completed. The character was called Nerm. This is a much creepier looking version as that character was cute. This is made with charcoal.
Hi all, yes I am in training in essence now. Studying methods and tools and techniques and soon to be platforms which I will use to create posters as well as poster videos. I'm enjoying it all and just doing what I feel to be most important in any given moment to move forward on this path I am on. I want to encourage you to join an online group call "The Royal Society" on Facebook which is a community of individuals helping each other to remember their inherent value and worth and dignity and encouraging one another through videos and commenting to be all they can in this life. I share many videos through this community and am also expanding beyond it, through it and into a sort of sister site called SimpleReminders.com which of course many of your know now I am employee to. I love them, I love their message, I love the opportunity and potential for growth for all. You can see my videos which are primarily informative in nature as I hope to help with people's journeys through their trials by telling of how I got through mine and what kinds of perspectives help me. I also share posters with my quotes for the same reason. I will share a couple here now but be sure to check out my FB page James Love Whitley - Creative Insights as well!
So it has been announced by Bryant McGill in the Royal Society on facebook and that makes it official. I am now officially employed as a Creative Designer and will be helping to produce content for SimpleReminders.com! I'm so stoked and proud of myself and grateful to Bryant and Jenni and Holly Kellums might I add, as she has been assessing my character as well and putting in good words for me, she is great. I will share what I can as time progresses in terms of how I am doing, and if you want to see my work be sure to check Simple Reminders FB page as at some point I will have been responsible for the videos on there. Right now I have to get settled in and work through any training necessary to be ready for the position. :D This is something I have been hoping for for months now!
Also I discovered yesterday that I was shared on Simple Reminders again! Man I feel so lucky. I am just staying focused on my contributions to this world, trusting that all the rest that is required in order for me to make my contributions and to be the Free Spirit that I am (which itself is a gift) will come as needed. Always in a state of gratitude and gifting and trusting and abundance. Stay focused on what you know you are here for, let the rest go!
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