8PE Entertainment Logo (Behind the Scenes)

This was a fun logo to create. I decided to try a different process than I normal. Usually I use my laptop but I wanted to challenge myself to create this logo solely using the iPad Pro 9.7in and Apple Pencil with only two software programs, Procreate and Affinity Photo to sketch it out and edit.

Here's how I started:

I like to begin with sketching. I believe that is the base needed to create any design and helps shape the artwork. After I use a pen tool to outline the highlights, I am able to begin adding shapes and giving the design life by painting in and adding color. Each step is important because it provides me with a smooth and organized manner to create. I am sure many other artists feel the same way. This has been a skill that has helped create numerous projects of mine. 





January 1994

My First Drawing: The Beginning

My first drawing as a child is what I believe began my journey of creativity.

From a young age I was always encouraged to explore creative thinking, expand the range of my gifts, and train my talents. Some examples were of course the arts, music; such as piano lessons, musicals, church choirs, and journal writing.

My parents were never the type to hinder the growth that could come of my creative curiosity. They were there every step of the way from helping me pick out the perfect crayon as a child to selecting my first MacBook Pro and beginning my education as a graphic designer in college. This drawing not only reminds me of the joy I felt learning how art was expressed for me, but also about growth and how far I have come as a childhood artist.

"January 1994" Family Portrait. January 1994.

"January 1994" Family Portrait. January 1994.

I remember this drawing, the moments, and how I felt. It was the start of the year and I remember vividly the day was peaceful and we were home as a family. To some, a moment like this could have been easily overlooked or forgotten. I believe that if this drawing had not been made, I may not have had the same appreciation for art as I do today. This piece represents a small wrinkle in time that progressed into a profound love for family, a lifestyle of ambition towards success, and artistic nirvana.

Here’s to sharing more memories and art in the future.


Drawing Progress: "Dobby" (Harry Potter)

I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I was a child. One of the cool fun facts about me in relation to the series is that I was the same age as the characters when the extraordinary franchise first began. My parents used to read the series to my brother and I as children. As we grew older they started checking out the audio books from the public library. I know for some that may be a lost art but for us back then it created bonding for us as a family. On our way to school we would listen to the audio books to get our days started in the mornings. I can say it always gave me a spark of imagination and creativity.


TIme lapse video of my Dobby drawing

This piece was created for fun to show appreciation for my beloved childhood and to continue to polish my skills, but also it was a piece I started as a way to help relieve everyday stress. I wanted to captivate drawing in a new way using a different medium and platform to show the range of my skills as well as the products and software I used.


iPad Pro

& Apple Pencil (Software: Procreate)

In this drawing I wanted to go outside the box and use a medium that relates most to my current community and society. I chose to integrate studio art with mobile technology. The use of the iPad Pro 9.7 inch in combinations with the innovative Apple Pencil, using the program Procreate made it feel as though I were still using pencil and paper. Being able to use simple gestures such as shading were made easy and effortless. 


Many have asked what my process looks like to creating a successful work of art. I can honestly say it always starts with a plan, what I want to draw, what medium would I like to create it with, and what the piece will mean to me. I enjoy the many surprises that come with drawing. There will be times when you feel lost and not know which direction to continue or sometimes you have been working for so long you start to see things that are not on the page but rather in your imagination of what you think the artwork should look like. My motto when focusing on drawings of realism are to always draw what you see. 


Value & Shading