Three fresh techniques for finding creativity when you are utterly blank…

In my fine art group yesterday a friend was lamenting she is having a hard time coming up with concepts that inspire her.  This is such a universal struggle. I post “Daily Inspiration” on this blog every single day in order to combat it. Now, typically I use visual cues to inspire me, but I realize a lot of … Continue reading Three fresh techniques for finding creativity when you are utterly blank…

How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

When you think of photo manipulation or compositing what comes to mind? Do you imagine artists who put together huge elaborate scenes with 1000’s of layers and special effects? Do you imagine someone who has graphic design training and has the ability to paint and illustrate? What if I told you, you can make a beautifully composited image out of … Continue reading How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

I was clicking around on DeviantArt.com a few weeks ago and ran across this amazing stock image by Dark-Indigo-Stock. I got so excited! It inspired me so much! Doesn’t this look like the movie set from “The Wizard of Oz”? Oh, stories that could be create with this! I asked Dark-Indigo-Stock if I could feature this on my blog and … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

Creative by Association: A fool proof technique for boosting creativity…

An essential part of the ‪#‎SharingItForward‬ message is encouraging artists to pool resources and share knowledge. I actively encourage every artist I come into contact with to join an artist group and stay involved. Now, I know some of you don’t buy into that. Some artists have a fear they will become too influenced by another artist’s work and it will hinder … Continue reading Creative by Association: A fool proof technique for boosting creativity…

Step by step walk through of the Photoshop tools and techniques used to create “The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid”

I have had a lot of requests for this video tutorial and I am excited to say I finally got a chance to record it for you guys. This is a step-by-step walk through of all the Photoshop tools and techniques I used to create The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid. This will give you … Continue reading Step by step walk through of the Photoshop tools and techniques used to create “The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid”

Free Stock Saturday! (On Monday…) Hear ye! Hear ye! Today’s theme is for creative royalty!

First I would like to apologize for the delay on Free Stock Saturday. I have been on the road and didn’t have internet access but I think I have some stock images that will make it worth the wait! Lookie what I got you guys! This beautiful building is The Castle Post. A luxury hotel located in … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! (On Monday…) Hear ye! Hear ye! Today’s theme is for creative royalty!

9 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry

This is one of the best, easiest, most concise video’s on composition I’ve seen to date. It was just too good not to share forward. This video was originally created and published by The Cooperative of Photography. By the way: If you have not started following their online photography community site I cannot recommend it any more … Continue reading 9 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry

Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!

I have a few seats left for the workshop in June! Reserve your spot today! This workshop will not be Photoshop intensive. Instead, this will be geared toward learning the creative process, workflow, and touch on the business side of conceptual portraiture. If you are interested in delving deep into the PS world I will be announcing a … Continue reading Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!

The Conceptual Portraiture of Bonnie and Clyde

I just love a good history lesson. Not the boring dates and endless facts you learned in High School, but the good stuff. The stuff that connects us. What makes our modern lives relatable to theirs? Tell me that. Don’t stop at what they accomplished. Dig deeper into the backstory and reveal what could be the “why”. It’s usually hidden behind the who and the what…Look … Continue reading The Conceptual Portraiture of Bonnie and Clyde