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It’s just a gray mouse lemur

I’m not really sure how that little creature ended up on her shoulder or if it’s real. I’m going to guess it’s an event at a zoo and no creatures, small or big, were harmed.

I just liked the image. very striking and I hope I could the mood. She was very calm and the Lemur looked frightened just as always. My only education of the Lemur is from the hilarious Madagascar animated movie with the anti-heroic main protagonist of All HailĀ King Julien! OK… King Julien is a Ring-tailed lemur but still a cousin to the one featured in my painting.

The medium is Photoshop with the look of pastel. This was several paintings into my learning to real look of pastels in Photoshop. I developed a few custom brushes so they could give me that feeling of the dry pastels hitting a toothed paper that I like using in the traditional medium.

One hour Photoshop painting

Did this piece back in 2014 when I started playing around with Photoshop in an attempt to create the look of a traditional medium. This one was I trying to give the effect of a pastel painting. I like the feel achieved with it. My other goal was to stay loose and do it within an hour. Just so wouldn’t get the urge to overwork any of it.

So who’s my next subject? This one was an old colleague of mine from an ad agency. He had posted a selfie and it just caught my interest. If I decide to create a new one from someone out there from our Facebook ‘Friendship” land I’ll PM you to get your permission.

Happy Birthday, son!

It’s been 12 years since creating this pastel painting of my son David. In his youth, he lived through so many hairstyles that I felt inspired by this one that I needed to create this art piece for him.

David stayed behind with my granddaughter Isabel so he could whip up a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, and home fries, our favorite, while Melissa, my oldest, and I headed out to run a small errand. Don’t tell him we had to get his birthday cards! As we walked in breakfast was ready and David had the table all set. Great breakfast with a joyful conversation. Love my family! I am truly blessed.

We’ve done a lot of reflecting and creating new memories on this birthday and Melissa’s birthday last month. It’s given me just the inspiration I needed to start creating new pieces of art!

portraits to caricatures

I’ve always loved drawing portraits. Having done a lot of self-study in traditional portraiture in an attempt to make sure I captured their likeness.

I’m glad that I’ve held on to many early drawings to see how far I’ve come. You never stop critiquing or learning from your last work. Knowing there’s room for improvement because you alone see the little flaws that could make the difference.

I also was fascinated by caricatures and cartooning. Attempting to capture the likeness of someone with loose and liberating lines. But when I first started out doing caricatures I personally would say I was a big fail. I just wasn’t loose and liberating. But all my caricatures gravitated to the realistic traditional portraiture. It was like I was afraid to be loose and be too cartoony less I offend the subject.

That’s when I realized I needed to study the craft of caricatures and just get better at it or quit! I started doing event caricatures where you have to perform live in front of a crowd and show your work in minutes. Every time I returned from a gig I would say… “I’m done! I’ll never accept another caricature gig again!” Until I’d get a call to do another caricature gig. I said heck if they couldn’t figure out I wasn’t as good as I felt I could or should be I’ll keep accepting the gigs and keep improving. Which I’m glad I did. I went from getting hired from Event Agencies to running my very own Caricature Gig biz… Terantoons!

Thank God for my family being my biggest fans and support system. I hope that they can see that you can use your talent and it will be rewarded. I strongly believe they do. They never doubted when sometimes I had.

I had passed on a great opportunity to do the cover artwork for one of the big comic book giants. But the timing and circumstances filled me with fear and doubt. I’m moving forward even when I have to battle that enemy of fear and doubt. Even if it means coming out bruised and battered as long as I get back up and keep moving forward.


I’m finally back up and getting my Teran Illustrations site up and running. So much has happened since I started this site. It has most definitely taken way too long. When I started it back in 2016 all was normal. Or at least what I thought life as normal. This image came up in my Facebook memories. It was from 2010. Like I said… When life was normal. My one comment for this post was from my LW Karen. It read “I love it when you do quick paintings like this! Beautiful!”

Some events in life aren’t planned. They just happen. It’s part of life… and death. That’s what happened on August 22, 2018. When Karen suffered a brain aneurysm rupture. We had just celebrated our 37th Wedding Anniversary and we were looking forward to the fall. That was always our favorite time of the year. The colder weather and changing of the leaves.

That was it. All my creative juices just stopped flowing.