Vital, expressive eyes are the cornerstones of my psychological portraits, and descriptive backgrounds also play a major story-telling role in these works. Some of my portraiture can be seen in Richard Linklater's movie “A Scanner Darkly”, where I was part of the team of animators; I worked on many close-up scenes of the characters played by Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder. I also created publicity portraits of Linklater and one of the film’s producers, as well as drawing Ryder's character for the posters. In a different type of portrait, I begin by shooting photos or video of the subject, which I combine with other backgrounds and digital painting to create resonant scenarios that illuminate the essence of the person.