With the RAW DC semi-finals show coming up, some great local businesses have been supporting and sponsoring the showcase. Mz Mahogany Chic is an independent fashion magazine out of Washington DC, they have been promoting the show, and recently did interviews with all of the finalists. You can check my interview, click the image above.
Posted in Canvas', Misc. Works, Pop Art
Tagged Art, Artist, Blog, Colors, DC, Fashion, Fine Art, Illustration, Interview, Magazine, Pop Art, RAW, Retro Art, Self Portrait, Show, Work in Progress
Working on some new animalistic skateboards. I really like the skateboard template, it really allows for a lot of creativity. A few more sessions and they will be ready for gloss and a professional photo op!
Posted in Misc. Works, Skateboards
Tagged Animals, Colors, Commission, Drawing, Elephant, Fine Art, Gorilla, Illustration, Lions, Painting, Pop Art, Rage, Retro Art, Roar, Skate Deck, Skateboards, Studio, Work in Progress, Work Space
I started this canvas over a year ago, when I was doing a lot of paintings and drawings of New York City skylines and bridges. Like my usually ways, I started the painting and then abandoned it for a while. I had an Art showing at my place a few weeks ago with a great turn out. Met a lot of new interesting people, sold some work, and got a few commissions. This was one of the commissions, for an engineer I met, who liked my bridge works, buts most of them are black and white and they wanted something a little more vibrant.
Posted in Bridges, Canvas', Misc. Works
Tagged 9/11, Antique Frame, BK, BKBridge, Bridges, Canvas, Colors, Commission, Fine Art, Framed, Illustration, Landscapes, NYC, Painting, TwinTowers, Work in Progress
Here is a snapshot(s) of my new studio in the city. Not much space, but it has everything I need with a bathroom behind door number one, too your right. I do all my work out of this tiny little room, sometimes I don’t leave this room for days at a time, Thank you bathroom!
So I made it out to the skate shop and picked me up a plain deck. Can’t wait to start painting this thing, though I am not sure what I want to put on it yet… I like so many of the designs I did, but feeling a bit indecisive, but excited to paint this thing. Either way, as I was talking with the guy behind the counter, he said something that made me realize that buying this board is no more expensive then buying a canvas. If you get a large size canvas it can range up to $30, depending on how large you want to go. Even if you stretch your own canvas, think about the materials and labor it takes to get it all stretched and gessoed and ready to be painted? So think about it, if you want a painting from me, say you want it on a skateboard? Go get one, have the guy at the shop put the grip tape on, nicely. Get at me and I will customize your board!!!
So lately I have been doing a lot of work with the computer. I still draw and sketch, but I have been finishing the work with photoshop and/or illustrator as well as playing with flash. But with the weather getting nicer, I brought the skateboards I had painted and customized – with wheels and everything – out of storage and thought about how much fun it was too paint and put it all together and make this really cool looking board. Not like the ones you see at the mall. But, I don’t skateboard, so when I was at the mall one weekend I took the two boards that I had fully customized with me – I figured it wouldn’t take long before some kid would ask about the board – to just get them out there in the world. Plus it would make some kids day. I didn’t even make it to the food court before some kids noticed and without hesitation, to their surprise their day just got a lot better. They went home with some new boards and I didn’t even go to the food court. I made their days and they saved me the calories, and with that I want to customize some more skateboards!
I couldn’t help myself to do another skateboard. I really enjoyed working on the tiger board, it was a nice switch from canvas and paper. Since I sketched out so many, and I enjoyed the process of working on the board, I bought another one and at first I was going to go with a giraffe sketch I had done, but in the end more people actually wanted to see the elephant. This is actually my second go at the board, the first hit you can actually see on my facebook page. Since the elephant takes up a large part of the board, that much grey would dull the entire board. So the elephant gets color, it will still have shades of grey but with color, maybe like a bluish-grey. I might take one more past at this and then it should be finished.
Posted in Misc. Works, Skateboards
Tagged Animals, Colors, comic book illustration, Commission, Drawing, Elephant, Fine Art, Illustration, Painting, Skate Deck, Skateboards, Studio, Work in Progress, Work Space
Here is another projects I have been working on. My good buddy Matt Truiano (I only write his full name so you can check out his work, which is Awesome!), from SVA, where we met in a few illustration classes, and a few boring ones too. Here’s a sketch of him from one of our boring classes. He was probably drawing someone, or sleeping. Check his work out, but check out his tattoos. He does some amazing work. So he came to me a couple of months back and said that he was going to get a group show together with a theme and if I would be interested in being part of it, of course. So his first show was, Coffin shaped canvas, you can check it all out on his site. With the success of the first show his next idea was to use skateboards as the canvas. I really liked this idea and got started right away. This is my board! It might be a little hard to make out the entire board, since the board is not completely flat, when photographing the board it was with a slight angle so could get all the work. But as you can see, the tail looks squished. I used acrylics to paint this, and You can clearly see the evolution of the board, and as for the art work it self, I am happy where it is and I see it as a complete finished work. BUT! The work as a whole is not complete?! How you may wonder? Well, it’s not a skateboard without wheels! It’s not that exciting I know, but I am that excited about
Posted in Misc. Works, Skateboards
Tagged Animals, Colors, Commission, Drawing, Fine Art, Illustration, Painting, Process, Self Portrait, Skate Deck, Skateboards, Studio, Tiger, Work in Progress
The Hat Factory once an actual factory which produced hats, sometime in the late 1800’s. When I moved up to Peekskill I must have driven past this place dozens of times thinking it was abandoned. Little did I know that it was a haven for artist and space alike. I like most of us, find great, unique and most interesting things via craigslist.org! I showed up at the doors of The Inner Group and instantly found myself at home. It was like Christmas come January, and I had a studio with a desk to work in now! I have been hard at work on many projects, and during these beautiful summer days, while I was sitting in the studio I decided to do some on-sight sketching of the building.
These were a lot of fun to do especially on a day like today, where the humidity was low, there was a nice gentle breeze that made it cool enough to stand the rays from the sun, and it didn’t blow the paper up while I was sketching. What was also great was, as I was walking around the building I found some nice little nocks where I could sit and take a little more time with the sketch. Have no plans to make paintings out of them (as of yet), but who knows once I’m done with some of the projects I’m working on now… Who knows? Enjoy, and Thanx
I know it has been way too long since I posted anything. I have been working on a lot of new stuff, and have put my Nutcracker 2087 project to the side for a while. This is some of what I have been doing in the mean time, do not worry I have started working on it slowly recently and will post something very soon! What you see here is a five foot by four foot piece of canvas, pinned to the wall ready to be drawn on and painted. This came with an idea from my studio partner, to take these drawing I had, most of which are only about 8×10 inches, combine them on this huge canvas. The first canvas was to be 8×4 feet, somewhat overwhelming, not to say that five by four feet isn’t overwhelming, but it was easier to handle. I didn’t have a real sketch, what I did was, have all the drawings I had done with this same kind of style and feel around me as reference, I of course sketched out loosely on the canvas with my Ebony pencil and when I was satisfied with enough of a sketch I started with my thick brush pen. It took about two ten hour days to complete the drawing, it was a lot of fun! It’s being painted by my studio mate, and we have clashed already but I am happy with the direction it is going. This is the first of many we will collaborate on.
Posted in Canvas', Misc. Works
Tagged Canvas, comic book illustration, Drawing, Fine Art, Illustration, Me, Self Portrait, Studio, Work in Progress, Work Space