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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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 4


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!

Psycho Les Charcoal on paper. 2002.

Psycho Les
Charcoal on paper. 2002.

Really, this is not a sketch (since it is a finished piece), but it has a sketchy look. I like the hurried, frantic look of it. 

Remember The Beatnuts? Oldheads (like me…I am in my 30s) will remember. If you are a youngster who only listens to Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake & so on, might not know The Beatnuts unless you appreciate any music done before 2005 or if you Google. The Beatnuts are a rap/hip hop duo from New York. They were quite big back in the day (1990s-2000s).

The two guys went by the names Psycho Les (Lester Fernandez) and JuJu (Jerry Tineo. Here is a quick drawing I did of Psycho Les. I was visiting family near Atlanta, during the Summer, when I did this. I was trying a new style technique that communicates nearly every detail into exaggerated line-work. Depending on how it is used, line can be very expressive and can communicate a lot of feeling.  

By the way, this post marks my 100th POST on WordPress (and that’s not counting my 16 published pages-pages are my minor publishings, here, while my posts are the main)! Cartwheels are in order!! But I will not attempt to really do cartwheels at home because I might break stuff. So, I will do cartwheels in my mind…  : )

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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...

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…

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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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 2


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 flashdrive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Unfinished drawing of toilet paper. Graphite on paper. 2011.

Unfinished drawing of toilet paper. Graphite on paper. 2011.

Technically, this is not a sketch, but an unfinished drawing  (technically it is a still life) instead. As you can see it is dated 2011. I never got back to it, but I still have it. I hope I can finish one day. This was me trying to stay fresh as far as rendering on-point line work, delicate details and textures, tones/tints; delicate shading. A study of an object and a self-test of my handling. An artist should always stay fresh in their skills.

Somebody may be looking at this & reading this while thinking: “It’s just toilet paper…so how come she can’t just finish?? That should be SO EASY!!” You would think so, but since I am not taking a simplified or minimalistic approach here, but instead I am going very detailed, then it has resulted in me seeing every subtle wrinkle in the tissue. Well, I don’t see EVERY (I am not God after all), but I do see many details. I have always been extremely detailed in my realism and naturalism (yes, they are two different styles of art) works. Because of this, my eyes can see the crisp wrinkles in the lighter parts to the smallest dents in the darker areas. And because of my penchant for near torturous detail, I take a while with my work (but I’m not as bad at timeliness as I used to be). Essentially, I have magnifying glasses for eyes. I love the beauty in details! My Mom has said: “You see EVERYthing!” So if I ever draw or paint a portrait of you, reader (I do produce many portraits), and if you have wrinkles and other areas that are not exactly smooth anymore, I will make my pencil tell the truth…….so be mindful. But since I am an artist, I can bulls*** and cover stuff up if you ask me to. Not being rude, just being honest! Artists are creatives & we can manipulate things!

Anyhow, I do hope to draw my way through all of the tiny spots of wrinkles, creases and dents in the  toilet paper to finally have a finished piece! Of course, since that particular piece of toilet paper in the drawing is long gone (from a bathroom visit-yeah, I am being gross on purpose by saying that-or from a cleaning up of oil paint, I will have to fashion the same positioning out of a new piece of paperMolding & arranging a shape out of thin, wispy toilet paper and then trying to draw it is not too easy. This is because  while near it, I have to try not to breath in & out a whole lot or make sudden movements, otherwise it will flutter this way and that. So I am essentially drawing it with a stifled respiration or calm breathing and restricted movement. Which kind of sucks. Because I kind of really like to breath and move around and all that. By the way, just to throw in some douchebag sarcasm here: be mindful that the toilet paper in the drawing was NOT used. It was clean and fresh like cotton. No worries about me being gross! I only use the CLEANEST, most pristine, most freshy-freshy toilet papers in my works, madams and gents.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and hopefuly I will one day be writing about the finished piece in one of my growing art analyses of completed works. Meanwhile, search in Categories drop down box for “Analyzing My Own Artworks (with Images)” category to find a plethora of my studies on my own completed artworks. Thank you! Now I am going to go to SLEEP for a few hours because I have literally been up all night (must be an artist thing) messing around and working on both my blogs (the other is at Tumblr) while eating cookies & listening to Daft Punk, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Chromatics, deadmau5, Talib Kweli, M83, Martina Topley-Bird, Kris Kross (nostalgia…RIP to Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly…he will be missed) and all manner of music. I am feeling temporarily unhealthy, slightly braindead and profoundly blitzed. ‘Til later!

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