Hello World

My name is Shamus Collins. My wife came across a blog entitled "Creative Journey" by an artist named Myrna Wacknov. There is a link on that blog to another blog Myrna has created entitled "Drawn to the Mirror" and this is my point of interest. Myrna has set forth to create 365 days of self portraits that began on Jan. 1st. Well I am starting a little after the first of the year but I am going to make the same goal for myself. This sounds like a fun and inspirational way to force creativity. Let the fun begin.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

47/365 Purple Hoodie

I used the same reference photo as last night. I don't like that most of the shading doesn't show up in the scan, but oh well. I also added the actual photo used.


Friday, February 19, 2010

46/365 Me In A Hoodie

Yet another one with my homemade brush pen.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

45/365 Close Up

This one was also done like the other one tonight (44/365). I just had to play with it some more.



This was done with a fine point sharpie and a fat Marks-a-lot. I took the Marks-a-lot and cut the end so it was more like a brush. I like the effect that it gives the piece.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010




This was done late last night, too late to mess with posting. This was my first attempt at using graphite. A lot of the light shading didn't show up in the scan, oh well. I likes using this but I need to get something to seal it with before I continue to use it on a regular basis.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010



40/365 Reflections

The way we see ourselves is not the way that the rest of the world sees us. Most people only see what we allow them to see, what we put out there for them. Is this truly who we are? No. Each of us are more complex than that. We all have inner struggles and demons. We have to learn to allow loved ones to help us with those struggles, that's what they are there for. We also have to remain who we are at heart and never feed our demons.


Monday, February 15, 2010

39/365 The New Me

This is supposed to be a learning experience. From this point forward I am going in a different direction. All will still be self portraits, but I am going to be more creative and put some heart into it. Some of these may be a little abstract, some might be a little raw, some might be ideas for future projects. I am going to experiment with a larger variety of tools (once I purchase some).

All comments are welcomed, however don't just tell me you like it, tell me why. Don't just tell me you hate it, tell me why. Thank you all.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

38/365 Valentine

The small amount of red crayon on my chin is a contribution from my two and a half year old daughter (when I wasn't looking). Happy Valentines Day.