BRIEF: Created as part of Inktober 2017, an annual event across social media where illustrators complete and share drawings made in ink for every day of the month of October. 

PROCESS: This was my second year doing Inktober, and I had become interested in painting these semi-realistic (but still stylized) portraits over the past two years. This piece best exemplifies my skill and progress through the practice of creating these portraits. This piece was created through photo reference. I think that the simplicity and restraint of adding too many details are what makes this piece in particular successful, and one of my favourites that I completed during Inktober 2017.