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The last week of Month of Love using the word "light." I wanted a mermaid that glowed like a beacon. Mesmerizing all the fishes into telling her all their secrets gathered throughout the ocean.
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My inspiration for color and content. Artist include Serena Maylor, Christian Birmingham, and others.
Paper: Canon Luster Photo Paper
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I decided I wanted to stick with the Archie and Betty's relationship as my angle. I wanted to create a piece that had some ambiguity. I want the viewer to question whether they are a couple or just friends. This pose could lean either way. I also wanted to merge the present and the past by playing with their appearance. 1950s hairstyles are coming back into style, which helped me play with this idea of ambiguity. This is why I named this piece Timeless.
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My piece created for Month of Love a yearly challenge held in the month of Feb. I'm thrilled to be a roster artist again this year. Each week artist are given a word to interpret.
The first week's word was "secrets." I originally thought I could do some spot illustrations to add to my portfolio. But eventually, after some doodling, I noticed offhandedly one of my sketches made me think of a pilgrim. And that train of thought made me think of the novel "The Scarlet Letter." Perfect for secrets and romance! Here is a plot summary for this novel.
I feel good about the composition and the negative space which is intended to have text. I wanted to do more narrative work and play around with new lighting. I'm satisfied with the outcome. I wasn't sure about the solid A, but I think it balances well with overall drawing and shapes of the piece.
My reference/ inspiration gallery of photos and other artist work. Includes the amazing Audrey Benjaminsen, Sam Weber, Ed Kinsella, and others.
Very happy to announce that I'll be participating in 4 group shows this year with Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. They are well known for curating pop culture shows and I'm honored to work with them!
I'm starting off the year with the first official Rick and Morty art show, which opens tonight at 7pm-9pm at Gallery 1988 West. Rick and Morty is a cartoon featured on Adult Swim. If you can't attend, the show is online (click here.) There you can purchase the original (Update: sold) or 1 of 10 limited edition prints. Below is my chalk pastel piece titled "Rick" which will be in the show.
Sketchbook phase first. I needed to understand what made these characters look like "them". Learn the subtleties. I found that I needed to be careful with my line work and placement of the nose and eyes. Otherwise, they'll start looking like a muppet. After a few episodes, I eventually I got the swing of things. It's interesting that they make their pupils squiggly.
If you are unfamiliar with the show, it airs on Adult Swim and is moving along to a Season 3. This promo videos does better justice in explaining the show I think. Enjoy! It's hiliarious.
From the sketch phase. I collected reference photos from the show to get to know the color palette and wacky characters. My initial idea was to do a more illustrative piece, but even after a lot of process work, I decided against it. I love portrait work and that is what I sent the gallery when they accepted my portfolio. If I want to explore more illustrative work then it needs to be with another project. Always a good lesson to know it's ok to throw out hours of process work if the idea from the beginning is just not a right fit.
Time-lapse of my chalk pastel drawing of "Rick"
I wanted to make sure I didn't make Rick a nice guy. He is a selfish sarcastic old man who gets drunk all the time. I also really wanted to make sure he had a long face and hair that mimicked the same silhouette. And that uni-bro. I had to give it justice!
Below is my reference I used for Rick. Old gentlemen, uni-brows, and drunk people.
What about Morty?
After finishing my Rick portrait, I thought, "Why not do a complimentary Morty piece?" The deadline for the artwork was no later that Jan 6th and the gallery gave me the OK. I finished and shipped my Rick portrait framed and ready on the 22nd. I started a Morty portrait but realized I didn't want to rush it. Morty was a more difficult subject matter due to the fact that his character is made to be less interesting that Rick. I mean...it's not hard to make an eccentric drunk scientist with crazy hair into an interesting portrait. Also, Rick was an old man, which gave me many opportunities to play with lots of line work and interesting marks because of wrinkles. Morty is 14.
You have Morty who isn't very smart and below average in just about everything. His character is designed to look average. So it was a battle working out Morty's face while still trying to make his portrait stand alone. How to put in interesting mark making while still trying to keep him looking young and still in the same world as my Rick portrait? In the end, I decided it was better to just send in "Rick" for the gallery show and finish Morty as a fan art piece for myself. I'm happy with it and glad I took my time. And here he is.
To purchase "Morty" contact Gallery 1988.
The reference photos I gathered when I envisioned Morty as a more real life character.
Rick and Morty is TM©Cartoon Network
Recently I’ve been very interested in the layered textures of flora and how those patterns are mimicked in flames. Incendium was created from that study.
incendium n (genitive incendiī); Latin
- A fire, inferno, conflagration; heat; torch.
- (heat of) passion, vehemence
Framed: Tabletop or Wall Display
Framed: UV Museum Glass
Framed: Wooden Frame 11x13
Medium: chalk pastel
Surface: Rives BFK
Freebie for you guys. I often share time-lapse videos on my Patreon and here is one of the latest.
Here is an impromptu chalk pastel drawing I decided to do of Doloris from the HBO series Westworld. You'll notice I play around with the placement at the beginning of this video. Totally not planned. I hope I can finish this up within the next few weeks.
See more process videos and tutorials on my Patreon:
music ©Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun"
Another excellent Month of Fear has come and gone. You know, it was Month of Fear that began my current portfolio 1 year ago. Before I pursued children's book. And it wasn't until I participated in Month of Fear that I realized my love for dark things, changed my portfolio, and didn't look back.
Month of Fear Week 3: Door
Of course, I couldn't help but think of the book Coraline.
"Coraline’s mouth dropped open in horror and she stepped out of the way as the thing clicked and scuttled past her and out of the house, running crablike on its too-many tapping, clicking, scurrying feet. She knew what it was, and she knew what it was after. She had seen it too many times in the last few days, reaching and clutching and snatching and popping blackbeetles obediently into the other mother’s mouth. Five-footed, crimson-nailed, the color of bone.
It was the other mother’s right hand.
It wanted the black key."
Below is my reference gallery of artwork (Dave Mckean and Sam Wolfe Connelly) and photos, my own reference photography (use of grey construction paper and packing tape), my rough sketch, and uncleaned up version.
This is not my first go with illustrations from the book Caroline by Neil Gaiman. If you'd like to see the process work involved in making the illustrations below, click this tag and scroll down to see everything: Category: Coraline
I've added 3 new originals to The Store.
"Variscite" mini-original. chalk pastel, gouache, and silver embellishment paint.
"Fae" chalk pastel original framed and matted with UV Museum Glass
"Aurora" chalk pastel original framed and matted with UV Museum Glass
Month of Fear is back! And here is my latest piece. This first week's word is "Secrets."
To learn more about this monthly challenge click here. To see my work last year, use the link on the right.
This piece went really quickly because I had a lot of things going on this month. I started with this thumbnail and let the idea tumble around in my head.
photo gallery reference for this piece
Art work inspiration from James Jean,Rovina Cai, and others.
I recently completed 18 pieces for a personal show called "Tall Trees and Chicory." It was organized by my friend Kim and I as a way to explore our styles and push ourselves to create a new body of personal work. The only restraint was that it needed to be nature themed. With that I did 3 series of work that I'll probably be adding to throughout the year.
I created 3 conceptual portraits that are very personally to me. They deal mostly with self-confidence. Then there is the flower faces series to explore ethnicity and our different facial proportions. And last, a series of studies of Louisiana wildlife and nature. These were most beneficial in learning my style and my way of mark marking. My style is effortless when creating portrait work, but other subject matter is more difficult for me to break down. I learned more than I thought I would with those studies. I have a habit of "render" studies rather than applying my style. *Note: I'll be post process work for a lot of these pieces on my Patreon as part of October's reward for my patrons. In fact, I've already posted some progress work since starting this series back in April. To learn more go to my Patreon.
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11x16 chalk pastel on paper. This was the first of a personal series I started. Sometimes I feel frustrated and melancholy when trying to find that next great idea. I honed in on that feeling and created this piece.
12x16 chalk pastel on paper. I think all artist go through ups and downs when developing their portfolio. This piece represents that feeling of when things are starting to come together. When your ambition and confidence is blooming again.
12x16 chalk pastel on paper. "Meta" is defined as self-referring. Basically, I feel like I'm making a positive transition in my career where I'm learning what type of work I want to do and who I am as an artist.
Water Hyacinth (blue) and Peony (pink)
This is the start of a new series exploring different races. My next piece will be Native Americans of southern New Orleans.
Louisiana wildlife and nature studies.
Available framed and matted.
All these pieces are for sale. Originals are framed and matted and prints available. I'm currently having a big sale which will benefit buys of originals most. It is 10% off your entire order including prints and originals. I need to make room for new inventory!
So, if you've had your eye on something, now would be the time to snag it. Ends in 3 days! Go shopping.
"Autumn" is now live for sale at http://EveryDayOriginal.com .This is a 6x8 original chalk pastel on BFK Rives printmaking paper in an 8x10 frame. Matted in a counter-top or wall frame with UV museum glass that reflects less and basically looks like there is no glass. This piece is inspired by the changing seasons and how much I love the Fall.