Erik Surpless: Visual Artist - Austin, Texas.

I am a visual artist living in Austin, Tx. Born and raised in Northern NJ. I do illustration, paint/airbrush-ing, and sculpting. Basically, a little bit of everything, I can take any pile of material and make it into something cool to look at. Experienced in a wide variety of media. I have previously worked for Imago Dei (interior design) doing faux finishes and in the Toy industry for Mcfarlane Toys, building background sets, painting prototypes.

Another quick portrait inspired by the Sktchy app. This one took about 3 hours or so.

Another quick portrait inspired by the Sktchy app. This one took about 3 hours or so.

Time lapse of my earlier painting of Sktchy app user DevynJeremenko done in ProCreate on an iPad mini. The whole thing took about a night.

Spent about a night working on this portrait of @devynjeremenko Inspired by @sktchyapp. #sktchy

Spent about a night working on this portrait of @devynjeremenko Inspired by @sktchyapp. #sktchy

Just downloaded and started experimenting with the ProCreate app on my iPad mini. I’ve never drawn on a tablet before it’s going to take a little getting used to. Cool little bonus I discovered was this app records everything you do so you have a nice playback of the WIP! 😄

This is a quick hour or so long portrait I did of Sktchy app user @JayWoodruff

Haven’t posted in a while been super busy at work lately! Here’s some test panels I did a while back. I just found them all scratched up during my move an put a nice slick clear coat on them last night! 😎

Been on a portrait sketching kick lately thanks to this app Sktchy on my iPhone. I’ve always been a bit rusty with likenesses but hopefully this will help my progress along.

Hour an a half sketch of Sktchy App user @Tilly Campton. It’s always rewarding when the yellow face recognition square pops up and auto focuses in on your drawing! ✏️

A little logo I did for Transition Professionals in NJ, a non-profit organization that helps get folks freed from prison back on their feet.

http://transitionprofessionals.wordpress.com

http://www.transitionprofessionals.org

Quick 30min portrait sketch done of user Navdeep Virk in the Sktchy app.

Quick 30min portrait sketch done of user Navdeep Virk in the Sktchy app.

http://sktchy.com/mkw4yH

Another late night Sktchy drawing. Didn’t quite nail her portrait but I had fun roughing out all the hair.

Drawing Sktchy App user @SandraHardy

http://sktchy.com/mkw4yH

Another late night Sktchy drawing. Didn’t quite nail her portrait but I had fun roughing out all the hair.

Drawing Sktchy App user @SandraHardy
A quick 30min graphite sketch of Sktchy app user @EliBlanco

A quick 30min graphite sketch of Sktchy app user @EliBlanco

Just downloaded this cool app for my iPhone called Sktchy! You can pick through random folk’s selfies and sketch/upload their portraits. Maybe I’ll see you on there!

…and yes, I guess even Einstein took selfies?  ;)

April, 12th 2014: Round Rock, Texas near Old Settler’s Park.

April, 12th 2014: Round Rock, Texas near Old Settler’s Park.

Packing up my apartment here in Round Rock, Tx and getting ready to move into my new one. Came across this box with dozens of old ioMega ZipDisks (remember that was a thing!). These photos are all probably circa 2005-ish and all snapped back in my old hometown of Bloomingdale, NJ. And if i remember correctly it was with an Olympus C-5050. Many of these made it into my old sketchbooks as studies too.

Anyway, figured I’d share with my fellow artists on here looking for some inspiration for monsters, aliens or wherever your imagination turns it into!

The 2013 US F1 GP is up and running in Austin, Tx this weekend! It’s only Friday Practice and I’m already sunburned lol.