Or the informally named “Hand On Chin” photo series. Whenever I feel stuck on a main project, I’d draw myself to recalibrate.

I can’t begin to describe how magical it’s been illustrating using the Cintiq 13HD Touch graphic pen tablet. My line work’s been more detailed, accurately reflecting how I would usually draw with a regular pencil and paper. Used a variety of Oil, Acrylic, and wash brushes from




I get bored with my default images so I try to switch it up every other week by coloring in my selfies. To reduce the amount of work, I resized each image to a 200 x 200 pixel square. I pressed on the I-key and hovered the cursor over a specific patch of color, which matched it to the “Set foreground color” swatch on my Toolbar. Then filled it in with my Brush Tool, flattening out the pixelated details to one color. This technique gave the drawing a stained glass window effect of colors.




I did these back in October with a similar technique but I didn’t use a photo as reference. I borrowed another drawing (a much more cartoony portrait of myself), cropped it to a slightly bigger square, and drew myself in two other costumes. I really adore the pumpkin one.




I drew this as a present for Mike’s parents when we went to visit them in Florida for Thanksgiving and to express my gratitude for their hospitality. Their house is full of family pictures because his parents love photographing themselves in different locales (and in matching outfits!) so I decided to make a fun, adorable caricature of each family member, including Mike.