WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 16


Hey, everyone. I am hoping you are well, safe and enjoying some art or something cultural, lately. Right now as I type, it is April 5th, Wednesday (so when I actually PUBLISH this post it will be Thursday because I want to post it early, right now it is too late on Wednesday; I do not like posting too late). It’s been a while since I’ve done an artwork analysis. Right now it is also raining pretty heavily (and lightning!) which is nice because it seems to make things more relaxing & calm. Great way to get myself in the mood to work on a post! Also, as I type, have my Google Play set to the Santigold station; listening to eclectic stuff from Santigold, M.I.A., La Roux, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Little Dragon, Grimes, etc. I listen to all sorts of music across musical genres. Helps to feed my creativity! Currently, I am also working on a few new drawings (the progress of which was the subject of my last blog post). I was drawing before I stopped to write this post. I hope that you will enjoy the following artwork analysis! 

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“Escaparse (Escape)”, mixed media on paper, 2016.

WHAT: As you can see, this is a woman’s head floating in profile with feathers seemingly growing from her head & face. There are also colored abstract shapes radiating from the side of her face. What if you saw someone with feathers growing out of their head? Would that freak you out? Or would you be silently amazed and still slightly uncomfortable? The closest we can actually get to having feathers coming out of our heads is to wear them in our hair.  ………..I did that in college. Yep. I wanted to express myself and I wanted to connect to the indigenous (Native American) lineage I have, so I placed feathers in my hair. My beloved Grandmother (my Mom’s mother) talked some about her Native lineage. She has passed away, but to look at her you would think she was full-blooded Native American. She was part Afro-American and part Native American (maybe other types of lineage, too).  When I look back at my feathers in hair days, I think, “What was I even doing? Oh, well.”

WHY: This drawing visually expresses the need and want of freedom (hence the title of it; “escaparse” is Spanish for “escape”). The feathers represent the freedom birds have through their ability of flight. People love to be able to take flight and go places, even without the use of feathers/wings. I love to travel when I can. Near or far. I hope to travel more! Travel takes you out of your comfort place and expands your geographical and sensitivity walls. Travel gives you opportunity to see, hear, feel and just simply experience new things. Meet new people. Appreciate the blessing of people & the blessing of this world even more. So the “why” for this drawing comes from an internal love of travel and the desire to be kind of a wanderer. Priorities and money issues get in the way, so often people do not travel as often as they’d like to. If I could, I would be that constant traveler who is often away from home. I’d go with companions at first, but then after a while, I’d probably be that type to be brave and start doing it on my own around the world. I would also not mind being a travel photographer. So if there is anybody in the industry reading this: hire me, please! I take great photographs, too! I thank God for the places I have been able to go, however. Different states I’ve visited. Also during cruises with Princess and with Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, I’ve visited a few gorgeous islands (St. Lucia and Barbados are favorites) & also Mexico. I will always remember those times. I will also always remember that during my first cruise in 2009 (on the Ruby Princess), I was strolling happily around the ships levels and I stopped to listen to a lady playing the piano so beautifully. I got out my camera to record, though, because the bizarre thing is she was playing the theme from “Titanic”!! On a ship! I was like, “What?? No waaaay!” I wonder if she did that to be funny or if it was an irony she did not catch. Lol. It was creepily hilarious. I will ALSO never forget that when we returned from the cruise, a few hours later we went to see the world disaster film “2012” that just came out. To see a movie scene of a sinking ship RIGHT after ending a cruise trip is indeed many insane levels of ironic and highly unforgettable…………

WHEN: I produced this drawing last year! This is my shortest explanation in this post. Lol.

HOW: I produced this with a post-modern art frame of mind; utilizing realism blended with abstract elements. The material I used is paper, of course, worked over with graphite (pencil) for the laying out and the groundwork detailing, charcoal (black and white) and colored pencil. I do not often do a sketch (which I call the “bones” of a piece of art) first and then lay over that with the final workings, instead I most often just go straight into the fleshing out. I also used a real feather to model the grouping of feathers from. I love the beauty and technical, structural genius of feathers. As is said, God is the Original Artist. Indeed! I am fascinated by His works (which include our own bodies) everyday. Intelligent Design from Supremely Intelligent God. 

I hope you have enjoyed my post and there will certainly be more coming; I have ideas for so many! Util then, please visit often; even re-reading posts! Thank you!

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FACE TIME: new drawing alert!


Hi, readers & viewers! I am trying to post as regularly as I can and as my schedule will allow for. I am also doing other art-focused things like contacting art consultants as I search for representation, going to update my RedBubble account (have not used that in a long while) & re-open my Etsy shop online. I also recently FINALLY got on the “Insta-bus”…I now have an Instagram account! So now, at the bottom of my posts, there will be an Instagram link along with my usual Twitter link (I have so many social accounts, now…becoming some sort of social media guru here). I have included my other links (Coroflot, Etsy, ShopVida & Tumblr) at the top of this WordPress blog. No matter what happens, I do not want to put down art. I stick with it! It is an important part of my life that I love and it is one of the things I do to have joy and to shake off some stress.

Lately, I have been creating new works. I want to experiment, add new work to my portfolio and use these works (along with past works) to market myself more. This post shows one of the new works detailing a face (hence the title of this post). It is a drawing (graphite and pen, so far) on paper. I have a big, fat drawing pad (amongst other drawing pads) to fill and so I am going to make the most of it! I was working on this more last night. I still have to add more features & detailing; also do something to the background. An idea for a background is one of an artist’s terrors. It is also one of those points where artist block tends to happen, too. You want to do something that does not overpower the main focus of the work, but you also want it to work WITH the main focus…you also want it to NOT look terrible. I finally mustered up in my mind what I can do with the background. Some sort of weird (because in art, weird can be good) linear (line) work with a great dash of polygon forms (polygonal design is the “Popular Kid” of the art world, now). Some color will be nice, too. I can’t wait to see my ideas spill from my brain and onto this paper. Fun!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this fairly swift post and I hope you will check me out on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, RedBubble, Etsy and the other 1 billion accounts I have (lol…not really THAT many, but it feels like it)!! Thank you!! 

No title, yet, of course! This shows a couple of the tools I am using! I see I also wrinkled my drawing. Wrinkled, bent paper drives me NUTS! The drawing itself will still finish out great, though!

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INSTA-BUS: i hopped on the instagram bus


I finally started posting stuff on Instagram (since last week)! I’ve had an account for a while, but I never took time to post anything. I’ve so many social accounts that I just wasn’t feeling like posting to Instagram. Well, I decided to finally go ahead and be active with that account. I posted this today. It’s a drawing In working on! 

If you think you can guess who I’m drawing, post a reply! Here’s another hint: the subject’s adventures have FINALLY been scripted for a long awaited film! Gamers, rejoice!

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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 3


Hi, all! Every now and again, I will post sketches I’ve done. Since they are my sketches and not my fine art pieces, they do not see a whole lot of light of day as they are holed up in a notebook, computer/laptop or flash drive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Drawing of Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Graphite, 2002.

Drawing of Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Graphite, 2002.

Technically, this is not a sketch, but a finished drawing. It has a “sketch-y” appearance, though. I didn’t write the date on the front like I do with my art, now. The date is on the back of the drawing. I do not have the drawing at desk with me right now to look at the date, but I think it was done in 2002 because I remember going to Atlanta, for the first time, to spend part of the Summer with my family the day after the funeral of my beloved Grandmother (my Mom’s Mother). 2002 was also the year prior to me graduating university with a BA in Studio Art, cum laude.

I was obsessed with The Black Eyed Peas (I have three of their albums) and obsessed with a linear (line) -heavy and an urban-heavy approach to art. I still am obsessed with urban- and graffiti-style art, but I am not obsessed with The Black Eyed Peas (BEP), anymore because they kind of went TOO mainstream for me. I still like them and realize they still are SUPER talented, but they used to be dope in a more gritty way. Their underground flavor & sound was dope in a more gritty way. Now I just feel like a dope if I listen to them. For my taste, they have not been as musically appealing since after their album “Monkey Business”. After that they went somewhere I did not want to go. Lol. Their albums “Behind the Front” and “Bridging the Gap” are under-rated genius and I think that is one of the reasons (the under-rated part) why they went mainstream, I guess, because musicians still have to pay the bills & also seek to reach for attention! They are super-talented, but their sound is not my style like it used to be. I will sooner listen to the “old” BEP and The Black Keys (I love rock, too) before I listen to new BEP. I think I just wrote a mini music review. I SERIOUSLY digressed!

Anyhow, I drew this in 2002 and I used graphite (pencil; in this case art pencils that come in different grades).  I forget which grade I used with this. It may have been regular HB. I had a thing for playing with line-work in various areas for an abstract, urban look. You may have noticed, from checking out my other art, that I like to add twists to my art. I do not often take a straight conventional or completely conventional approach. I get bored easily and I guess that reflects how I approach my art. I also drew will.i.am of BEP (part of the side of his face is at the right of this image), but it turned out ___________ (fill in the blank with the word that rhymes with “pity”). You get it. It was that bad. I actually cut the paper, cutting him out. Yep. I want to get back into this linear-heavy artwork. I like the look of art spasming out with a sense of control underneath the chaos…

I actually went to a BEP concert in Atlanta, I think it was during my visit (if not, then the next year in 2003, but most likely in 2002). Atlanta has these great FREE Summer concerts. That Summer I saw some lesser known, but awesome, musicians at a couple outdoor concerts. I saw RES (one of her songs is more familiar with people: “They-Say Vision”). The 2nd concert I attended that Summer was The Black Eyed Peas one. This was before Fergie when they had the other singer, Kim Hill ( I actually really liked Kim’s vocals, she was not at this concert, though, as she had left the band in 2000; Fergie joined in 2003). There were two acts before BEP came on stage: a lesser known rock group whose name I sadly forget (they were good) and the more well-known Papa Roach (the lead singer threw up on stage and said, “I think it was the chicken.”) Then BEP came out to perform and they were friggin’, well, DOPE! Awesome! I managed to shoot three photos:

apl.de.ap He's breakdancing here and this is when he had his locs! This dude is legally blind (I am, too, but his is more severe). He has definitely learned to deal with it because you cannot tell. Inspirational for people...

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He’s breakdancing here and this is when he had his locs! This dude is legally blind (I am, too, but his is more severe). He has definitely learned to deal with it because you cannot tell. Inspirational for people…

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

Taboo. When he used to wear those hot jumpsuits. Reminder: this was Summer time. But he was still awesome!

Taboo.
When he used to wear those hot jumpsuits. Reminder: this was Summer time. But he was still awesome!

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THE BONE’S OUT OF THE CLOSET: finished this drawing, finally!


'O, Mortality Mine'.Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

‘O, Mortality Mine’.
Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

“O, Mortality Mine”. Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

This work is about the mortality of human life. I completed it on Mar. 19 after stalling on it for so long. The skull obviously is symbolic of the mortality we now have (one day, a better time will come though…no more dying, no more pain). The feathers are fragile and soft; they contrast with the hardness of the skull. I used actual feather and my hand to model the feathers and the hand holding the skull. I also used a real skull…………..FAKED you so HARD! ————->#ObnoxiousAlert  No, I did not use a real skull. I am too paranoid & too much of a germ-a-phobe for that.

I will write an in-depth post on this drawing in another “Analyzing my Own Artworks (with Images)” piece, later. It will feature close-up/detail images. Meanwhile, please do enjoy viewing this and also you can search under the category: “Analyzing my Own Artworks (with Images)” to read others I have written on my art! THANKS!

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My Favorite Art Media: the right tools make the right art!!


 

Drawing a storm cloud, wit charcoal, over the Caribbean Sea. 2009.

I just wanted to put together a list of my favorite art media (supplies). I encourage you to post, in COMMENTS, your favorite(s) and why! (all definitions, in ITALICS,  are  from wikipedia.com)

1) GRAPHITE – The mineral graphite is one of the allotropes of carbon. It was named by Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1789 from the Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō), “to draw/write”,  for its use in pencils, where it is commonly called lead (not to be confused with the metallic element lead).

Graphite is my first media love because, besides crayons, it was the first tool I started to lear my craft with WAAAAY  back as a munchkin of 3 or4. Thanks, mom & teachers! I went from the HB that eveyone knows to more sophisticated pencils specifically for visual art, a cavalcade of posibilities varying in tone & grades (H is lighter and B is darker, HB & F, yes, F! are in the middle): I prefer lighter grades, like H to 3H for ex. for preliminary work. The darker tones, like 6B for ex., for finishing. Graphite is delicate and allows for great detailing! Endless effects!

2) CHARCOAL –Charcoal is the dark grey residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. Charcoal is usually produced by slow pyrolysis, the heating of wood or other substances in the absence of oxygen (see pyrolysis, char and biochar). The resulting soft, brittle, lightweight, black, porous material resembles coal. Charcoal in art: Charcoal is used in art for drawing, making rough sketches in painting and is one of the possible media for making a parsemage. It must usually be preserved by the application of a fixative. Artists generally utilize charcoal in three forms:

  • Vine charcoal is created by burning sticks of wood (usually willow or linden/Tilia) into soft, medium, and hard consistencies.[citation needed]
  • Compressed charcoal charcoal powder mixed with gum binder compressed into round or square sticks. The amount of binder determines the hardness of the stick. Compressed charcoal is used in charcoal pencils.
  • Powdered charcoal is often used to “tone” or cover large sections of a drawing surface. Drawing over the toned areas will darken it further, but the artist can also lighten (or completely erase) within the toned area to create lighter tones.

Before my sophisticated (yes…I am now a charcoal sophisticate) use of this medium developed, I was clunky and it was MESSY! I did NOT like it. But as it is dark and rich, not to mention one can get some funky effects from the fact it is messy, I kept being drawn to master it. Now, I utilize it just as if it were graphite. Depending on the grade (light or dark) and the pressure I use, charcoal can result in numerous appearances: lines, value work, textures. Possibilities are awesome!

3) OIL PAINT Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint that consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil. The viscosity of the paint may be modified by the addition of a solvent such as turpentine or white spirit, and varnish may be added to increase the glossiness of the dried film. Oil paints have been used in Europe since the 12th century for simple decoration, but were not widely adopted as an artistic medium until the early 15th century.

Oil paint…what can I say? It really is a glorious medium. I have always adored it. Even in the early stages of using it when I had to try and master blending one color or value into another, avoiding the look of color-block. If one doesn’t blend correctly in ANY media (paint, graphite, etc., the result can be a blatant visual jump from one color or value to the next instead of a natural blend. HATE that! Anyhow, I am mentally AND emotionally…even spiritually…taken in by the richness of and the 3D illusion that oils can give! That house really does appear it is in the distance or his skin appears as though one can actually touch flesh. WOW. And the colors & neutrals (non-colors like white, black, brown)  just speak volumes!

4) DIGITAL ARTDigital art is a general term for a range of artistic works and practices that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative and/or presentation process. Since the 1970s, various names have been used to describe the process including computer art and multimedia art, and digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art. The impact of digital technology has transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, while new forms, such as net art, digital installation art, and virtual reality, have become recognized artistic practices.  More generally the term digital artist is used to describe an artist who makes use of digital technologies in the production of art. In an expanded sense, “digital art” is a term applied to contemporary art that uses the methods of mass production or digital media.

I became very aware of digital art in college. Then I fell off of it after graduating. When I was able to get the Adobe CS4 on my laptop (Creative Suite which has programs like Photoshop, InDesign & Dreamweaver in it, CS5 is already out w/ even MORE wicked tricks & applications) I started buggin out with it! Creating graphic art (creating art through digital means) & graphic design (laying out graphics through digital means, like ads) is full of possibilities. It’s also quick (unlike traditional art) to work with, depending on the project. And even though drawing & painting are first for me & are the cornerstones of visual art, there is an endless range & array of visual effects you don’t always get w/ traditional art. It’s like magic using your computer! I have heard even the most professional digital artist say “you can never learn all of Photoshop.” It’s that complex. It’s waaaaaaaaaaay more than simply airbrushing celebrities for a magazine. You’d have to use it to understand…

4)DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – Digital photography is a form of photography that uses an array of light sensitive sensors to capture the image focused by the lens, as opposed to an exposure on light sensitive film. The captured image is then stored as a digital file ready for digital processing (colour correction, sizing, cropping, etc.), viewing or printing.

Besides digital art, photography is another untraditional art form that is based in tradition. Photography is a fun and creative way to capturethe world and your perspective of it. Photography, in general, is just as exciting s digital really. Digital just makes it faster, more convenient,  less messier and more computer compliant (in application and artistically) to work with. Because of the he ability to upload digitally-taken images to computers, new realms of art creation have opened and are advancing constantly! The views to be expressed with this art form goes on and on.

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