"I admit that I AM a quitter. I quit dancing. I quit sports. I quit smoking. I quit my job. But the one thing I will never quit is art. You would have to kill me first. Even then, I'll still make a pretty dazzling, bloody impression on the pavement!"
Toy Illustrator Portrait Artist Figure Customizer Entrepreneur Aussie
Things I like: (Or love, depending how you look at it)
Musicals and Soundtracks (iPod consists of 70% of that. Don't ask me to hook up my ipod at a party unless you wanna rave to Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS or James Horner)
Chocolate! (Um, who doesn't? Though I'm all about White Chocolate these days!)
Baking! (Mostly sweet things- Mmm... cakes and deserts.)
Walking/Jogging (I like to stay fit and tune out with my iPod. Gets me all motivated and stuff)
Gaming (ZOMG GRL GAMER!! Big fan of FPS and Survival Horror!)
Armageddon (movie) (I own it on VHS, DVD, Collectors Edition DVD, The Soundtrack, Aerosmith Single, The Composed Score and now Blu-Ray! Gets me motivated and stuff.)
Toasting Marshmellows! (Especially to the point it's like liquid on a stick lol)
Large Chocolate Easter Eggs (I like to punch them in the FACE before I unwrap them. That way they're in pieces and ready to eat, and I get to punch something productively!)
Movie "Training Montage" scenes! (Rocky, The Karate Kid, Never Back Down etc.) Love 'em!!
Favbombing (Don't be shy; you can mass fav-bomb my whole gallery. I won't bite! I don't understand how people can get so uppity about it. I mean, a favorite means the person likes it, right? Take it as a compliment; not an insult to your holy artistic endeavors.)
Things I HATE: (Because it's such a strong word!)
Clocks with no numbers! Those "edgy" wall clocks that are just the two arms and maybe a couple of dots for the 12 and the 6. Not gonna be reading that in a hurry!
Social Chameleons! (People who act differently depending on who they are hanging out with. Insecure wannabees. Don't make good friends. We've all known at least ONE in our lifetime) Also people who have the audacity to label someone as "quiet" or "shy" when they themselves worship the sound of their own voice and never let anyone else chime into the convo.
Car Door Handles (Always get shocked! Developed an OCD about them.)
Spiders (I'm so-so about them. Respect them as living things. If there's a big one in my room, can't sleep until I know it's GONE!!)
The bad guy from Kindergarten Cop and his Mother More so the mother. What a bitch!
The announcement before a theater show: "Tonight the role of ___ will be performed by ____" Especially when I'm looking forward to seeing a particular person in their leading role.
Rabid fans. Need I say more?
People who basically narrate their whole lives: When every second word that comes out of their mouth is one of the following; I, Me or My
Q: What brushes do you use in your paintings?
I use a great skin texture brush created by David Nagal (Google him; He's got more!) and also a nice texture brush pack created by `DanLuVisiArt!
Q: How long have you been painting portraits?
I took up learning general Digital/Photoshop Art in 2004, but didn't start painting detailed portraits until mid 2010. Still a way to go, but it's been a fun process!
Q: Do you trace/manip/paint over photos?
No! I use the grid technique to get them as accurate as possible, and add in the color and shading by eye, sometimes leaving the grid there to get some of the harder details. All my paintings begin with a blank (digital) canvas. Rob Granito-ing pictures is just a no-no.
Q: Is using a "grid" cheating/another form of tracing?
Is using perspective guidelines or holding out a pencil and measuring with your thumb cheating?
Q: Do you take commissions?
Yes- mostly photo realistic character/people portraits, but I can be pretty flexible when it comes to other styles or ideas you may have! Prices start at $100 (I work out my prices on a per hour basis). Email me if you're interested and we can work something out!
Q: Why do you only do portraits? Why not try something else for a change?
Because I've done everything else. No, really I have. Experimenting with different styles, which is a good practice, can only take an artist so far if they want to establish themselves in a niche! I've settled for realism and portraits, and for the first time in my artistic endeavors, I've gained some recognition ^_^ As some guy once said: "A Jack-of-all-trades is a Master of none!"
Q: Have you ever flipped a table out of rage?
Yes. Yes I have.
Q: Why do you always paint William Fichtner?
A friend of mine, and my mother told me to stop painting him after my 3rd one, so I kept painting him out of pure defiance. Then I submit said paintings to my Facebook Album and Tag them on the paintings for more lulz.
Nobody tells me what I can and can not draw! lol. Oh, and he's just damn awesome!
Q: Can you teach me plz?
I cannot give individual "training" or simply teach you (especially if you ask out of the blue and have an empty gallery to show). It's not that I don't want to help, I just don't have the time these days, and there is nothing I can say or do to make you miraculously improve in a day. That is in your own hands. I believe that if you truly want to be the best at what you do, you would be spending all your time studying and practicing it already, not asking around for a quick or easier way to get from Point A to Point Z!
Having said that, I do my best to offer my techniques and support through some written and visual tutorials! (See below). However, I am more than happy to provide feedback and some critique on a piece you have done, or are working on! Feel free to show me
How I Do Stuff:
Photoshop CS5- When I wanna bring out the big guns. All my brushes/shapes/textures are used with this- mainly for highly detailed paintings and portraits!
(New!) WACOM Bamboo Touch: Not a bad piece of hardware. But the biggest issue I have with it is the rougher "matte" surface. The scratching sounds that emit from it is like nails on a chalkboard. Also, it has a brilliant way of wearing down the stylus nibs like sandpaper. (And I use it so lightly, so don't say I'm pushing too hard!). I bought an iPad screen protector (just a thin bit of plastic film) which has miraculously muted the scratching sound AND is stopping the pen nib from wearing down at all!
So...nice try, Wacom! Looks like you're not cashing in off me, and I'm not going to be buying a new packet of pen nibs every week after all!
Before asking about any of my workflows or how I do stuff, Please check out some of my Tips and Tutorials! Thank you!
SHERIDAN-J FEATURES AND INTERVIEWS
Here are some blogs and websites that feature my work, and some have a few interviews in there too
NEW!--- Interview @ PhotoshopPlus.uk
Interview @ SomethingWeLike.com
Interview @ ARTENTION
Sheridan Johns on UnrealityMag
Artist Spotlight @ TheRoxor.com
Kotaku.com Artist Feature