Drawing faces and counting blessings

Counting blessings - I'm grateful I have Allie and Roxy as models

When it comes to counting blessings, I’ve realized that I am blessed.

Awhile back, I talked about hiring a life coach to put some spunk into my life. My band had just failed and I was going nowhere fast.

Well, actually I was doing way better than I realized. The life coach taught me about gratitude, playing to my strengths, and honesty measuring what I’ve done in the past.

Sure, my band didn’t sell shit. However, I learned orchestration, became a pretty good guitarist, and even learned video editing. Whereas these skill sets haven’t made me money, they’re worth something far more important.

Producers vs time wasters

Some folks just want to get through life. They spend eight hours a day at a job they hate, then come home to booze, pot, television, or video games. They rarely accomplish little and die without really doing that much.

Others produce. They spend their free time creating something. Even if it never makes them shit, they’ve learned a skill that nobody can take away from them.

I’ve always been a producer. However, I’ve never learned how to sell my own stuff. I can work for you and sell your stuff no problem, making us both lots of money.

But I’ve never learned how to take pride in my own work, then actually going out and selling it. This is a pretty bad fault I have.

As mentioned earlier, my life coach taught me gratitude. This alone made me realize that I got skill sets that I can sell.

Where to go now

My progress on art has been quite fast. This is Roxy in ink. She’s such a lovely girl. I’d love to work with her much more, but she has a long, sad story so I don’t see her as much as I’d like.

I’m going backwards. Yes, this is intentional.

I’m learning American pinup, circa 1940s and 1950s. Except with a more fantasy theme since I grew up with Dungeons and Dragons, Heavy Metal music, and Conan.

I’ll always do this. However, I’ll also start to incorporate both 19th century Academic art and Pre-Raphaelite styles as well as straight up Romanticism.

So you’ll see an evolution. This is all planned.

My life coach had me focus on my core strengths. I felt like I not only started to know myself better. I also felt way more appreciative of my life and what I’ve done. And can do.

I’m excited for the future

I’ll eventually take on more models. Allie sits for 95% of my work. Every blue moon, I get Roxy too.

I’m sticking to three hard rules. No exceptions. One – the model has to be beautiful. I draw what I see. I’m not going to take an unattractive woman and make her beautiful.

Two – she has to be my friend. I don’t do anonymous art. If there’s no emotional connection, I have no reason to make art with her.

Three – she has to go full nude. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is as beautiful as a beautiful woman fully nude. I’ve photographed beautiful nude women back in college and every once in awhile, took the old camera out of the closet and dusted it off. I’ll never get tired of seeing beautiful women. Never.

Anyways, that’s my plan. I still practice guitar and every once in awhile, publish a song. But art from here on out is where it’s at for me.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.


  • Magda December 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Hello, I just found your site, and I have read so many articles by now. I’m an artist too, well trying to at least, and I don’t know what to do with my art, to make it worse I’m studying architecture because I had no other option. Love your writing, hope you have a happy new year

    • Roman December 31, 2018 at 8:30 am Reply

      Hi. Architecture is great. We need more beautiful architecture as most modern buildings are ugly.

      What kind of art do you do? What style? Do you have a website with any art on it?

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