With this post, I want to talk a little bit about painting composition and color. At the point in time when I did this painting,
New Years 2023 Portrait Painting Giveaway
My last custom portrait giveaway was several months ago, but a lot has changed for me in the art realm since then. With previous giveaways, these portraits have all beenRead more »
Poll: How do you digitize your artwork?
Buried at the end of my last post, I posed the question, “How do you digitize your artwork?” I embedded a crowdsignal poll with some options that came to mind,Read more »
First Attempt at Oil Painting
This post is about my very first attempt at oil painting. Well, really first ever attempt at any type of painting, which to my surprise was actually done this pastRead more »
Narrated Walkthrough, Drawing Process Discussion
One of the early pandemic projects I started was to transition from progression .gif slides of my drawing process into full time-lapse videos. I created a YouTube channel to hostRead more »
New Kids Book ‘Robot Family Adventures’
Apparently, the beginning of April is book publishing time! Last year, I released a book called Pencils and Process. That one took months to write, and was a 150ish pageRead more »
Drawing from Unsplash Photos
My free time has been pretty well monopolized recently, first with writing a book, and then with figuring out the ins-and-outs of independent publishing. Now that the book is outRead more »
Publishing on Amazon’s KDP and IngramSpark
As you may have seen on the front page or my ongoing forum thread, I published a book recently! It’s something that I’ve vaguely wanted to do for a while,Read more »
‘Pencils and Process’ Book is Out Now
It feels weird to say this, but I finished writing a book…and it’s actually published and available now! The book is called Pencils and Process, and it’s available via AmazonRead more »
Preferred Medium, Process, and Frequently Used Colors
A few days ago, there was a comment asking about which medium I use. This is a simple question, but a really great one – especially considering I never talk aboutRead more »
Excel Function Cheat Sheet
As a huge Excel fanatic, over the years I’ve amassed a nice collection of spreadsheets; if you’ve explored this website much, I’m sure you’ve seen graphs from some of them.Read more »
The Latest Blog Posts
Thoughts on Light Sources and Lighting in Art
This post is all about light and my struggles with it – I want to give my thoughts on lighting for a studio/workspace, but also
Fixing Mistakes and Redoing Artwork
This post is all about messing up artwork, which is something I have a decent amount of experience with. I’m going to share some of
Comparing Art Video Time-Lapse Lengths and Styles
In this post, I want to take a step back and compare the different types of art videos I’ve shared on the YouTube channel. Basically,
Catching Up on Blog Posts, Thoughts on Priorities
This post is basically about how far behind I am on blogging. I came across a great quote from the artist Richard Schmid who said
New Years 2023 Portrait Painting Giveaway
My last custom portrait giveaway was several months ago, but a lot has changed for me in the art realm since then. With previous giveaways,
Melina Elden Ring Oil Painting
This post is centered around an oil painting of a character from Elden Ring named Melina, who acts as a guide for the player during
Proportional Divider for Facial Feature Positioning
My painting journey has taken a learning-oriented turn towards trying to abandon some of my most loved crutches. The most significant of these crutches has
Poll: How do you digitize your artwork?
Buried at the end of my last post, I posed the question, “How do you digitize your artwork?” I embedded a crowdsignal poll with some
Portrait of Morrigan from Dragon Age
The next artwork in my recent parade of oil paintings takes us back to the topic of video games, which is not an unusual one
Underpainting Practice – Andre the Giant
As I discussed in my last post, I’m making an effort to push myself more when it comes to artwork. A huge part of that
Freehand Painting Goals
A couple of specific things are at the forefront of my mind right now when it comes to painting. The first is that, in a
Holocaust Survivor Portraits, Remembrance Display
Recently, I was approached by a co-worker to ask if I would help out with a display featuring Holocaust survivor portraits for an event called
Size Constraints on a Princess Bride Painting
With my 9th painting, I ran into a bit of a conundrum and drove home a good lesson for myself. To this point, I feel
One Month of Oil Painting – A Self Portrait
Perhaps this post will trigger a bit of deja vu, as it’s a topic that I’ve already covered somewhat recently. This is all about self
High Contrast Challenge – Antje Traue Portrait
As I continue on clearing my backlog of paintings that have yet to be shared, now I’ve come to the fourth of five paintings done
Portrait of Comedian Eric Andre
This post continues the discussion of a wild painting weekend I had in October, during which I somehow churned through five paintings. As I’ve mentioned,
Bob Ross Style Landscape Painting
This post will be an interesting one, at least from my perspective. If you’ve browsed this site, you can see pretty quickly that I’m all
Oil Painting Portrait of My Wife
Lately I’ve been discussing my recent journey into the world of oil painting, having shared my first attempt, a portrait of my kids, and an
Painting Without Planning – Using Up Leftovers
One of the many unexpected questions that arose as I started learning to paint was, what do I do with extra paint on my palette
Amdall Girls Painting – First Solvent Use
A few weeks ago, I finally made the leap to attempt painting for the first time. I’ve long admired the “painterly” look across the different
Drawing from Stock Photos and Memes
I’ve talked about my affinity for stock photos on many occasions. In previous posts, I’ve written about royalty free images, photo spamming on social media,
Dirk Nowitzki Portrait with Trophy
This is going to be yet another piece of artwork dedicated to Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. Considering this is now the fourth drawing I’ve
First Attempt at Oil Painting
This post is about my very first attempt at oil painting. Well, really first ever attempt at any type of painting, which to my surprise
Art from Stranger Things Season 4
As with my original post from a few years ago, I am once again a bit late in writing about Stranger Things. This time though,
European Travel via Mediterranean Cruise – Tips and Thoughts
This write-up covers some tips and thoughts regarding European travel, specifically when taking a Mediterranean Cruise. Like a lot of the world, we haven’t traveled
Author and Travel Show Host Rick Steves
Somewhere in the neighborhood of a decade ago, my wife and I took a honeymoon trip to Europe. To celebrate this anniversary, we decided to
Summer 2022 Portrait Giveaway
When I shared my last custom portrait giveaway, I mentioned that I had somehow let a year go by between these artwork raffles. I thought
Delayed Portrait Giveaway Artwork
In my last post, I wrote a bit on the fact that my posts are often a bit delayed from when the artwork is actually
Blog Post Length and Total Views Comparison
There was a point in time, just a few years ago, when I typically referred to Amdall Gallery as both an art and data analysis
A Longtime Friend’s Wedding Portrait
I am often slightly backlogged on writing blog posts. It’s something that I’ve mentioned previously and is probably fairly common for many artists who write
Elden Ring Art – Ranni the Witch, Blaidd, and Iji
I’ve finally beaten Elden Ring, which feels like quite a milestone for someone who isn’t a particularly skilled gamer (I can’t tell you how many
Elden Ring Art – Millicent, Hewg, Alexander, and Turtle Pope
As I’ve discussed quite a bit, I am a big fan of Elden Ring by From Software. The challenging and deep combat of Dark Souls,
Travel Art – Drawing on an Airplane
The question of what to do during a long flight is much easier to answer than it used to be. Our kids have been on
In Memory of Javier Garcia
This post is written in memory of Javier Homero Garcia. Javier, my wife’s father, recently passed away. We were fortunate that we were able to
Elden Ring Malenia Radahn Artwork
Apparently Amdall Gallery is turning into an Elden Ring fanart site, because I just couldn’t move on yet without getting into some of the interesting
Elden Ring Spirit Ash Drawing
I thought I had sufficiently scratched the Elden Ring artwork itch with a couple of drawings I shared last week, but apparently that is not
Elden Ring Art – Tarnished, Maiden, and Grace
Like many people, I’ve been completely transfixed over the last couple of weeks by Elden Ring. The game is basically like wild mashup of Dark
Drawing a Mirror’s Reflection
I am often amused by the strange processes that seem to govern how I decide what to draw. Personality-wise, I tend to be a planner
Poll: Best Drawing Time-Lapse Method?
Buried deep towards the end of my last post, I posed the question, “which style of time-lapse drawing progression is your favorite?” I embedded a
Art Show Entry, Dallas OAC ART214 Exhibition
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2022, in addition to the usual “eat better” and “get more exercise” items, has been to enter a
Yennefer Artwork, The Witcher Show and Game
Just recently, I rambled on and on describing my approach to sharing multiple related drawings. Over the course of several paragraphs and almost a thousand
More Random Selections from the Archives
4+ years of blogging on Amdall Gallery
The very first blog post. Site was abandoned fairly quickly afterward until 2017.
Returned to the site, started analyzing data. The beginning of continuous blog posts for the next 4 years (and counting).
First artwork post, returning to drawing after over a decade. Didn't know at the time this would become a major hobby.
Early attempts at using colored pencils. Initial efforts were rough and poorly blended.
Artwork started to feature a thicker layering and blending style, which has been refined during the last couple years of practice.
Published my first book! Essentially about my experience returning to art after being away from it for so long.
Rejected by a local art show. A bit of a setback, but didn't impact me as much as I expected.
Start of the pandemic, stayed busy publishing a new book, drawing, and getting organized.
Launched a YouTube channel to show progression videos instead of .gifs.
Launched a new website focused on product impressions and reviews.
I have shown improvement over the years, but know there is still much to learn.
What's next? More drawing for sure. But will I attempt to enter another art show? Finally try painting? Perhaps get some formal training by taking a class? All great ideas - we'll see!
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