Revamp 2019

It has been a long 5 years since my last post. I no longer attend the University of Kansas for architecture. I am no longer pursuing this, as of now I’m attending school for general credits and to take art courses that will expand my general knowledge of process, one thing I never laid groundwork with. I have lately learned a lot about watercolor, ceramics, and acrylic. I have learned techniques, colors, and form building. I’ve learned how to prepare myself for the process of painting. I never knew watercolor came in tubes. I just learned there was a thing called a wet palette for working with acrylic.

I think most of all my transition from an almost solely graphite portfolio has taught me that I’m not bound by one medium. Also, I don’t necessarily need to make each work with just one medium. A fear of mine for a couple years before recently was that I would let my artwork slip away from me as life became busier and more demanding. However, taking these courses has made me hopeful about securing a spot for creativity in my life.

My next step involves finding a place to structure that continued effort: where do I go from here? More college of course! As I have been so inspired by Anne Pearce and her positivity and direction during a very dark place in my life, I want to go for a Masters of Fine Arts in hopes of becoming a college professor to give back what I was given.

I will soon post updates of projects that I have worked on over the last 7 months!

I will also post pieces I made over the last five years.

You can keep more up to date by following my art instagram @artmkc.

Summer Updates

Afican Boy


This drawing was based off of a photograph I took while in Mali, Africa. I used the drawing and photograph for my AP Studio Art class, so it is one of the pieces that helped me achieve a 5 for my AP Score.

Molly and Horse

In the summer of 2013 in Colorado my sister and I happened upon these horses in an island along the Yampa River. I also used this photo to complete my AP Studio Art portfolio.

Colorado Barn


Yet another Colorado drawing. The original picture I took features a very old barn that is starting to fall apart. It sits at the foothills of the mountains. This was also part of my AP portfolio.

Siraba School Girl

This is a drawing of a young girl at the Siraba School in Mali, Africa. The photograph was taken by Mrs. Abby Hayo during the trip we took this January, the same trip as mentioned earlier where I photographed the African boy.


The 29th Annual PorkOut – Fancy Pig Drawing

This last September, the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders held the 29th annual PorkOut auction dinner. I entered another drawing of a pig into the auction, along with another “drawing of the highest bidder’s choice” and raised $100 more than last year. The pig raised $500, the other item raised $600 (split among two bidders). This totals $2100 dollars between 2012 and 2013! I’m glad to be helping the Joshua Center. Props to Becky Ottinger for all the hard work she has put into building up the organization and keeping it running smoothly. You can find out about her work here.


Flower Drawing – For AP Studio Art

I am in AP studio art this year. It requires me to create 24 drawings (12 anything, 12 are a concentration) and this is one. It’s based off a photograph I took in Steamboat, Colorado over the summer, along the trails at Fish Creek Falls. The paper is 4×6″ done in graphite.


Big Updates!

So it has been a very long time since I have updated this website, so  I am going to be posting a sequence of works that I have started or completed since May.

This includes:

  • A flower
  • A pig
  • A bike
  • A design for Beth
  • A birthday drawing for Beth
  • A horse rider
  • and my dad, whom I have already posted.

Thank you!

My Father – Happy New Year

I’ve worked a month and a half on this drawing. One of my best yet. I took this photograph on a hike to the top of Han’s Peak in Steamboat, Colorado. He’s wearing my pair of mirrored Premium Knockaround sunglasses, so I thought it would be a cool picture. I set a high exposure and shutter speed.  The drawing is done in graphite.


Project – Media

I’ve sort been procrastinating on this project. I’ve focused more on the drawing than updating this. In a few hours I will post my project.

As for what I chose was the scene in which the split fellowship passed through the Gates of Argonath.

I managed to get most of the outlining of both statues, with a lot of shading, and also the boats carrying Boromir, Aragorn, Frodo, and Sam. I will be continuing the project after it is graded. I have my own form of media, my art,  and the internet has changed the way I am able to deliver it.  I hope you all enjoy seeing my art updates, because without the help of the internet and blogging websites, my audience would be far more limited. Most importantly, it allows me to access my own art, in order to show people what kind of work I’ve done, regardless of where I am.

Here is the drawing:


Thank You!

Class Project

The end of the semester of my junior year is close, but still not quite here. However, I get to enjoy most of my homework in my Introduction to Mass Media for the remainder of the school year. Intro to Mass Media is an elective focused on teaching about the history and effect different types of media (books, music, newspapers, etc.) have had on society.

The purpose of the end-of-semester project was to explain the effect media has on you personally. At least two types of media must either be used, or featured in the project in some way. I have chosen these two mediums: books, and the internet. I am focusing on the way a good book can allow me to immerse myself into the storyline. Sensory details in books allow me to imagine many great scenes. The internet has changed a lot about the way I get my art out. Without access to blogging, social media, and forums, my audience would be far more limited. Using blogs, I am able to allow viewers to see my creative process for most of my larger projects.

So for my project, I will combine my experiences with both medias. I will find a particular scene from one of the Lord of the Rings books, and do my best to recreate that scene in a drawing. I will probably find a movie-still to draw. Over the remainder of this week and weekend, I will be sharing progress of my work.

Enjoy 🙂

New Horse Drawing – My Sister And Her Horse Marika

I will be starting a new project soon. For a while, my sister has been pestering me to draw her a portrait of her and her favorite horse, Marika. The last horse I drew (link) was for a woman named Becky Buchanan. She’s my sister’s riding instructor and has been since my sister started in about second grade. In fact, I had a year of lessons from her when I was in fifth grade.  Marika left just last year, and she’s been wanting me to draw this picture of her with Marika. I’m going to work on getting it done by the end of May, for her birthday (we’re twins).

It will be a tricky project because when I took the picture, I accidentally had the HDR feature on. This causes the camera to take three exposures at a time (in three different brightness levels) and combine them. It creates a nice light filled effect. However, you can see on the ear, places on the bridle, eye, and especially the reins, that they are unusually overlapped. I’ll do my best to cut those extra pieces out.


Barn Drawing Finally Complete!

This was my biggest project yet. It was an auction item in a fundraiser for the Joshua Center (the same place as the one I drew cartoons for last summer). Between this and the pig [link], I raised $1000. This has taken me since last October and it has been my longest and most difficult project. The trees took the most time, they had to precise. Although it seems like the paneling would have been harder, the paneling is simply filler and I just had to get it to look very close. This is my first drawing of any structure or building, and also the most background work I’ve done. I was pleased with the outcome. The barn was a family barn. They are planning on tearing it down due to its state of wear, and they wanted to present the drawing to their father. They said they liked it a lot. In fact, they’re going to salvage wood from the barn with which they will use to make the frame before tearing the barn down. (The photograph is underneath)