Did you study with Gerome Opena? I see a lot of his influence in these...and they are smokin. I really love the first two images, powerful and expressive. The ink line is beautiful too. Damn good...got any more we can peep?
These are really beautiful. I am amazed by your control of ink. Is that ballpoint pen, fountain ink, or what? Very inspiring work, I too am a big fan of Opena and am now in awe of your work as well. Please post more!
oh wow, you're on this board now.. awesome.. so is it James Kei or James McClelland? I hear you called McClelland more.. Oh, Im a Academy student.. i remember you last year going to workshops back when Chris Mangum did the clothed fig wkshop.. didnt know who you were until Kristian Norelius gave me your Lucid comic you did.. hey see if you can get Kristian to start posting here, and Jerome too..
Most of these are prismacolor pencil on paper, the only ink used was a brush-pen on the "girl-with-earrings". The great thing about prismacolor pencil is that you can get the full value range, and it doesn't allow you to erase,... which builds confidence on what is put down on paper.
I use "Kei" (my middle name) because its easier to spell and pronounce. I really miss those old drawing workshops, I should go back...
It's amazing that Jerome's student work is known nation-wide, even though none of it was ever published.
Wow. Those paintings are awesome! Have you studied with Sergio Sanchez at all? One of those paintings is very reminiscent of his look. Who are some of your favorite contemporary? Also, are you centralized mainly in LA?
Sweet again. I love the modelling in these paintings. Can you give a brief on what Gerome told you to push, or emphasize in these works, or whoever you had as your instructors? I really like the focus and depth in these images, I was wondering if there was a method in finding this? Once again, great stuff...all of it.
WHat are you doing currently?
Thanks for answering any of these and many respects to you. Excellent inspiration...
-Jerome and I had the same instructors, and the same influences.
For drawing I looked at Heinrich Kley for inspiration.
And for painting, A single man taught me most of what I know. His name is Zao-Ming Wu, the grand-master of "values".
I could write a bit about what he taught me but it would be lenghthy.
I also studied at the Royal Russian Academy, also known as the "Repin Institute" in St. Petersburg.
-Yup, all oils... the Black-and-white ones are Sellenier oil-stick on paper. I'ts like working with pigmented butter.
-I've been doing freelance illustration for a little while. But I'm currently working in comic-book's,..keep an eye out for me.
By the way Ron your work is excellent as well, all of you guys down south are amazing draftsmen.
I'd like to see those notes, when you have the time for it of course...
I'll be waiting for your next update!
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