Portrait: Risa

Risa Portrait by Morgan Swank

To be honest, I don’t really know what this lovely lady’s actual name is, but I’ve been doing enough Spanish lately to think her name should be Risa. With darker shadows or skin tones it can be difficult to not let the graphite get “muddy”. I had to work hard to get the right amount of contrast to make her pop off the page, but not overwork the dark sections. I’m pleased with the result.

Portrait: Matthew and Aliza

Matthew and Aliza by Morgan Swank

Lately I’ve gotten back into more portrait art. Above is a piece I finished around Christmastime. I have been focusing the majority of my energy on fashion illustration in the past year, but as the new year has come around I realized how much I miss working on portraits. I’ve decided to make this a bigger part of my focus and business #2017goals. I have some plans in the works and I’m excited to see how it all goes!

Copic Marker Illustrations

Blue Overcoat Illustration Red Overcoat Illustration

Recently I decided to switch my marker brand over to Copic. I have loved my Prismacolor markers, but am at the point where the majority of them are drying up and I want to go another direction. It is definitely a new experience and a bit of a learning curve with the differences in color shades, but I’m really enjoying them! You will be seeing more Copic illustrations in the future.

Red Sweater and Taxi Cab Illustration

Red Sweater and Taxi Cab by Morgan Swank

Hi All! Today’s illustration I’m really excited about because I’ve been starting to work on backgrounds for my illustrations! I have never really worked at putting a subject in a specific setting, but now I’m going to change that. While I’ve had a lot of missteps and ruined pieces already, I’m determined to press on!

Feel free to follow my Instagram for in progress shots and the first look at my new illustrations!

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Christmas Party Dress by Morgan Swank

Hi friends!

I have been painfully remiss about blogging the past month. I wanted to post this one around Christmas, but with family time and festive events I never got around to it.

As I start the new year, I can easily focus on all the things that I should have done last year and all the things I want to accomplish this year, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to be thankful for all the things that I have learned and experienced in 2016. I’m sure there will be a lot of new learning experiences in 2017, and I am looking forward to creating more art to share.

Happy New Year!