I am Justin Tadlock.

I am also a writer. A front-end developer. A gardener. A small-town Alabama kid just trying to figure out whatever it is that that folks are supposed to figure out on this journey. Welcome to my little home on the web.

Sun and Moon

My sister asked if I would draw a sun and moon picture. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I asked for some examples. Eventually, I pulled up some source material to work from. The style was a bit outside my wheelhouse, but I felt like it … Continue reading →

Colorful Walk

I have some larger art projects in mind that I’ve been itching to get to, but I’m also trying to avoid burnout after wrapping up a colored-pencil drawing earlier in the week. I still wanted to do something this weekend as long as it didn’t eat up too much time. … Continue reading →

Pastel Night

As I was doing my weekly grocery and household shopping, I wandered over to the arts and crafts isle in Walmart. It is part of my routine. I look around, mostly “window shop,” and sometimes pick up a thing or two. Today, a $5+ set of 12 soft pastels caught … Continue reading →

Diary Girl

This was the drawing that nearly done me in. Day 1 started off horribly. It was almost as if I had forgotten how to sketch anything at all. Nothing seemed to work out, and I was ready to throw in the towel and start something new the next day. But, … Continue reading →

2022 Bullet Journal

I spent most of today outlining several yearly spreads for my new bullet journal. Yes, I am once again giving this type of planner/journal a shot. I previously started one in 2019, but I gave it up after a while. This year, things are going to be different — I … Continue reading →

Recreation of a School-Age Drawing

On Sunday, I started wondering what my next drawing project would be. I originally planned to try my hand at another manga template. However, as I read over my previous post, Now This Is Art, I remembered that I had a ton of old drawings from when I was in … Continue reading →

Softball Girl

Last weekend, I finished reading The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates. I didn’t find the book particularly helpful in terms of actually teaching the technical aspects of drawing. However, it had tons of great artwork to browse through. So, I decided to … Continue reading →

Now This Is Art

Ninth grade. Geez, that was years ago. More specifically, it was the spring of 1998. I was a 13-year-old kid (almost 14) who had entered his first school-wide art competition. It was the culmination of everything I had learned over two semesters of art class. I knew I would not … Continue reading →

City: Two-Point Perspective

The past three night’s drawing sessions have been dedicated to learning two-point perspective. Of course, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to take a tutorial on drawing a city. Not a simple living room. Not a kitchen in an apartment. A city. A whole city. Needless to say, I drew … Continue reading →

Scenery Sketch #1

I didn’t have a lot of time to work on drawing today because my sister and niece are staying over. Still, I took a few minutes to quickly sketch out a small landscape scene. It’s not great work, but I need all the practice I can get. … Continue reading →