One of the first pieces where I really felt I had something. I felt comfortable and was starting to get to where I thought I needed to be. Used a drawing as a base but learned to work without it. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective

One of the first pieces where I really felt I had something. I felt comfortable and was starting to get to where I thought I needed to be. Used a drawing as a base but learned to work without it. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective

Actually, I’m terrible at value studies. I’ve tried before to start in value and later implement the color but I just think in color temperature too much. Plus, I keep layers so separate I can adjust value later. #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective #tbt #throwbackthursday

Actually, I’m terrible at value studies. I’ve tried before to start in value and later implement the color but I just think in color temperature too much. Plus, I keep layers so separate I can adjust value later. #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective #tbt #throwbackthursday

The last in this series before I learned to drop lines. Here I found ways to manipulate the lines a little more for my purposes. Seeing these again makes me wanna do some more paintings with lines in then again. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective

The last in this series before I learned to drop lines. Here I found ways to manipulate the lines a little more for my purposes. Seeing these again makes me wanna do some more paintings with lines in then again. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint #retrospective

Continuing to learn using my own line art (pencil in this case) and incorporating more lighting. At this point, I was starting to form process and not just exploring. #zatransis #learningtopaint #tbt #throwbackthursday

Continuing to learn using my own line art (pencil in this case) and incorporating more lighting. At this point, I was starting to form process and not just exploring. #zatransis #learningtopaint #tbt #throwbackthursday

So, then I moved into using softer lines to paint with. This was based on a ballpoint pen sketch. Here I  reintegrated my own line art to start bring it all together again. Side Note: this doesn’t include EVERY piece I did while learning. Just major beats. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint

So, then I moved into using softer lines to paint with. This was based on a ballpoint pen sketch. Here I reintegrated my own line art to start bring it all together again. Side Note: this doesn’t include EVERY piece I did while learning. Just major beats. #tbt #throwbackthursday #zatransis #learningtopaint

Same premise: don’t so the lines, focus on painting. The difference is the lines were pencil. It felt like the way to bridge the gap into lineless painting. Again, Joe Madureira lines. #tbt #throwbackthursday #learningtopaint #zatransis

Same premise: don’t so the lines, focus on painting. The difference is the lines were pencil. It felt like the way to bridge the gap into lineless painting. Again, Joe Madureira lines. #tbt #throwbackthursday #learningtopaint #zatransis

It was taking too much time to paint AND draw if I wanted to learn quickly. So, I would grab line art that I love and take a pass at it. This allowed me to focus on painting. You can still see some issues from the last piece present here, but there are some improvements. Line art by the magnanimous Joe Madureira. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who inked this one. #zatransis #learningtopaint #tbt #throwbackthursday

It was taking too much time to paint AND draw if I wanted to learn quickly. So, I would grab line art that I love and take a pass at it. This allowed me to focus on painting. You can still see some issues from the last piece present here, but there are some improvements. Line art by the magnanimous Joe Madureira. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who inked this one. #zatransis #learningtopaint #tbt #throwbackthursday

Here’s one if my earliest attempts at painting in Photoshop. It’s kind of a mess. I was adjusting opacity instead of flow (because I didn’t know the difference) and I was struggling to find palettes. Line art was taking control to make up for the lack of paint skills. #zatransis #learningtopaint

Here’s one if my earliest attempts at painting in Photoshop. It’s kind of a mess. I was adjusting opacity instead of flow (because I didn’t know the difference) and I was struggling to find palettes. Line art was taking control to make up for the lack of paint skills. #zatransis #learningtopaint

This is REALLY random fan art. Can anyone guess who it is? #ballpoint #zatransis #sketchbomb

This is REALLY random fan art. Can anyone guess who it is? #ballpoint #zatransis #sketchbomb

Tomorrow, for Throwback Thursday, I’ll post 11 paintings that sorta show how I learned to paint how I do now. Should be fun.

Tomorrow, for Throwback Thursday, I’ll post 11 paintings that sorta show how I learned to paint how I do now. Should be fun.