Monday, February 20, 2017

ART BASED ON FEELINGS OR TIME TRAVEL

This week’s portrait, Lynette Davis!

I’ve known Lynette for a few years now. She’s an incredible art model that I’ve worked with on numerous occasions.


When I did this portrait of her about a week ago, I had no idea that the end result would come out the way it did. A few people saw the scribbles and random colors happening at a drawing workshop, but like myself they probably were wondering what I was doing. Honestly, I had no idea other than a feeling what I was doing was right for me, you could say I was possessed by the art process.

Lynette’s portrait took a few days to complete and I am glad I had the good sense to scan the image a few times during the process, just so I could see how I got to this.


This past weekend was the Long Beach Comic Expo and the a second time I was invited to introduce Girl Scouts to life drawing and help them earn their badges. What an amazing time I had. Watching the incredible art pieces that were created in the room was inspiring.

The kids had a very natural process in creating their art, with no hesitation in mixing art materials to complete their work. I saw a lot of what I did in this portrait to what they were doing. I wonder if it’s possible I was channeling their effort from this weekend’s future/ past into my current/ past moment in time?

Getting inspiration from the future and bringing it back into the past?

I also got a chance to meet a handful of Late Night and current Conan fans. And did an interview with a celebrity puppet named, Flick! He does a show called “The Nerd Soapbox”. It was a first, and I enjoyed it! I’ll post the link to the video as soon as it’s up.

I woke up today feeling a bit sick, glad I had the day off. But as a result I am posting this late in the afternoon. I really have to try and stay on top of this. Posting something meaningful every week isn’t easy, but I am enjoying it!

Monday, February 13, 2017

EVOLVING ART

This week’s portrait, Ashli Griffin!
Ashli is an art model I started drawing last year. I wish I had known her a few years earlier, I would have loved to had included her in my book. She’s very dynamic and a pleasure to work with.

I think it's no secret that a few of these portraits were done in advance so I would be able to continue posting on Mondays. This portrait of Ashli was done a few months back. It's interesting for me to see how much my work has evolved. The circles in this image are bold and spread out. The colors are very simple.

The skin tone was tone with a metallic copper pen color since at the time I couldn't find good brown ink pens to use. I think someone should make a line of pens with at least 72 or more colors, many of which should be browns and earth tones.

This coming weekend is the Long Beach Comic Expo! Long Beach conventions are so much fun. I get to see a lot of art friends in one place and of course putting on the drawing event with two of my favorite model, Jennifer Fabos Patton and Amina Santana! I will also be hosting life drawing for the Girl Scouts at the convention! “Bringing life drawing to the masses, one event at a time!”

I might do some portraits at the convention again as well but using colored pencils, no inks. Also, the drawings will be done on paper especially designed for use at the Long Beach convention. I think people will love what am planning!

Monday, February 6, 2017

REAL ART IS NOT SCRIPTED!

This week’s portrait, Tamron Hall!
Last weekend I had an amazing time at the Ontario Anime Los Angeles convention. The drawing events I hosted on Saturday and Sunday had great turn out on both mornings.

Another convention that I am excited about is coming up in a couple of weeks, Long Beach Comic Expo! This will be the 7th time hosting life drawing in Long Beach. This convention is so much fun, a lot of great people involved. I am really honored that they have welcomed me back so many times and that the attendees that come, are enjoying it and have a lot of positive things to say. In case you’re wondering, this coming event’s theme will be, “Harry Potter”. And this time around I will be providing images to color if you don’t feel up to drawing the models. So come draw… And color too!

Also at the long beach convention I will once again do a special hour with the Girls Scouts, helping several troops earn their drawing badge!

And thanks to Gina and Rob Nelson, “Themed Costumed Life Drawing” is back as well at Nelson Creative Spaces in the valley!

A lot of life drawing to host in the next few weeks, but I love doing them all. Drawing brings a balance into my life, it centers me, it is almost like meditation.

When I draw I like to have some kind of background noise, whether it’s music or the television. It was a few years ago when I had the tv on in the background that I heard and saw Tamron Hall for the first time. Her voice always carried a certain tone of fun in it, it made me want to stop and listen to what she was talking about. It didn’t hurt that she is beautiful too.

I think NBC agreed with me because Tamron was on just about every show the network had. NBC News, MSNBC, MSNBC Live, Today’s Take, appearances on the Today Show, investigative programs, the list goes on.

So it was a huge surprise to hear last week that NBC decided to let Tamron go and replace her with Megyn Kelly, a former Fox news conservative reporter.

Tamron seemed like she was a huge part of the NBC family and really enjoyed what she was doing, she never felt scripted. She was someone I could relate to given how I approached my art and the many projects I get involved with.

She was a work of art in terms of on air personalities, and she made it all seem fun. Myself, I don't know if I’d consider myself a work of art, yet, but I do hope people can see, and experience with me, the fun I am having when I create my art.

I hope I'll see her back in some form of media!

ps: in case one or two of you are saying, “What, that doesn't look like her, the hair is different!” Look her up, you'll see that I drew her with her natural hair. Her daily hair is part of the network script.

I rarely follow scripts with my art.

Monday, January 30, 2017

SUNFLOWERS

This week’s portrait is Laureen M.


It's funny how life and friendships evolve. I met Laureen as a result of someone else, who is now long gone out of my life. There's some sadness there but I strongly believe people do come in and out of your life for a reason. So even though that other person is gone I did learn a lot from them.


With Laureen I think I am still learning and growing, and what makes this even more exciting is that we don't even live in the same country. She's over nine thousand miles away in Africa.


Over the years there have been moments when the song “Sunflowers” by Everclear would be playing and she came to mind. Don't know why, but this time around I thought it'd be interesting to do a portrait of her using colors of a Sunflower. The end result has a strange mysterious look to it which wasn't intentional.


Laureen is one of the few people I could imagine doing hundreds of studies and art pieces on,  Jennifer Fabos Patton is another. They have a chameleon like nature about them that’s unique, an ability to become different characters depending on how they’re dressed. The only other person I've seen this in to date was a guy named David Bowie.

Inspiration for my work continues to come from everywhere, even thousands of mile away!

Monday, January 23, 2017

WHAT'S UP DOC?

This week’s portrait subjects are Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny!

This week, I just wanted to do an image of someone that made me laugh and had happy memories associated with it.


I love those early Looney Tunes cartoons, hands down they were the best animated cartoons during their time. As a kid the humor was direct and easy to follow, but then later as an adult, the appreciation increased as you started to understand some of the inside jokes that were targeted to an older crowd.


Lola Bunny I guess was the studio effort to bring sexual diversity among the characters and a merchandising gimmick for the movie, ”Space Jam”. I don't know if she had as much of an impact as Bugs, given I had moved on to other animated series and characters around the time of her arrival.


Lately life has been feeling like a Looney Tunes episode. Like someone broke into the Acme factory, let loose every crazy imaginable device in it, from the paint that can created tunnels when applied on walls to exploding flowers.


There's a certain sense of humor to it all as you watch and listen. But if you're an adult you see, and understand the inside jokes, might make a different association and cringe instead of laughing.

Perfect examples, you hear character names like, “Bosko”, “Speedy Gonzales” or “Mad Dog Mattis”.

Are you laughing yet?...

 
That’s All Folks!

Monday, January 16, 2017

YOU'RE SAD, WHO YOU'RE GONNA' CALL?

This week’s portrait is Leslie Jones!

I wanted to draw someone who represented strength, positivity, and love in my mind. Strength in handling the crazies that attacked her over a movie role. Positivity, as they went low, she didn't go there with them. And the love and compassion she seems to have towards people.

“I take care of everybody. I'm either hugging you or making sure that you're not sick, because my backpack has every kind of medicine in it.” - Leslie Jones


I think as of this writing I might own close to 3000 pens! Different brands, different sizes, and different colors. I’ve found that colors across many of the brands are very similar and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they are all manufactured by one company in Taiwan or China.


What is missing among all these pens are earth tones. I really wish someone would make a collection of pens colors that are as varied as a box of Crayola crayons, and NO GLITTER!


Still with the color limitations, I think I did a good job with rendering her image. I had fun with the hair, throwing in other colors.


I hope we see a lot more from Leslie this year. She seems like a good person, a fun person, and she knows how to make people laugh and feel good. Given what the next few years might look like, we probably should clone her.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

CHANGES

This week's portrait is of iconic, legendary, super star, one of my favorite music artist, David Bowie.

Can you believe tomorrow, January 10th, will make it one year since he died!

My very first Bowie albums were, “Changes” and “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders a From Mars”.

I still have my actually albums too. Am glad I never got on board with the idea of trashing LPs for mp3s. There was that one time though, I was attempting to convert my albums into MP3 files, and the Recliner of Rage was born.

The gold colored ink gives it an art nouveau/ deco look. I thought I did a pretty good likeness of him but then someone I knew said she didn't know who it was suppose to be and also claimed not to really know much about his music. The second half of that sounded scary to me. Bowie in my mind is one or was one of the biggest performer in my time so far. The idea that a generation behind me has already forgotten him or doesn't really know much about who he was is really hard to imagine.

That's life I guess. You are only important in the moment and this illusion we call time, will always forget you in the future.

“I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring.” - David Bowie