I met a few of you fine folks at the workshop in San Fran, and was floored by the talent that this community draws from. A few of you saw a handful of these drawings there, but it was not until the workshop that that I gained confidence in a possible application, or at least a community to show this work to, and since that time I have created a great deal more it. I admire so many of you that I hope these sketches can give back an ounce of inspiration for the gallons that I've hoarded from here. I recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and spent a few summers at the florence academy of art studying classical realism. I plan to continue working freelance as I move to new york this summer, and will study with Assel, Desidaro, Wade Shuman, and others at the New York Academy. This thread is to remind and encourage me to continue with the weird, the strange, and the subconscious mumors, that live somewhere in the back of the brain. It also makes me temble to post work among so many people who's work keep me paniced at my drawing table.
As for influences it would take all day, but I owe a good bit of my life to, The ninja turtles.. mich,raph,leo, and don... durer, van eyck, bruegel, ingres, johanne liss, paul cadums... jeff markowsky, dainel graves, glenn vilppu, jacob collins... The clayton brothers, gary taxili, sterling hundley, r crumb... Kevin Lewellyn, Andrew Jones, Wes Burt, J.P. Targete, Jason Manley, Justin Sweet, Jon Foster, Dan Miligan, Marko, Insane Visions, Coro, James Kei and really the whole massive black crew and conceptart.org crowd for nurturing this thing which both makes me want to quit, and drives me harder... and also the only person I actually know on these boards, my archnemisis and best friend in a lot of ways, rambhat---and last for now, the reason I am probably still doing what I'm doing and haven't surrendered to look for a graphic design job, and who's work ocassionaly makes me cry and I can't explain it... James Jean.
most of those people have no idea who I am... sorry to name drop. heh.
now to the work damn it. starting with traditional stuff, I have a bunch of these from florence. these are the nicer ones:
oil on linen
now to the strange ...the basic process is a drawing made over an abstract design that I lay down first with tria refills (thanks coro) and then perhaps ink or acrylic, or whatever I can find so I'm not repeating myself, and then that same spirit of experimentation in photoshop...
used ref for 2 of the heads. 95% of these are imaginative or drawn from life and then skewed. Though occassionally I get excited about pictures in magazines.
an oldie. the girl who posed taught me 90% of what I know about color and is unnaturally talented. She put up with me for a very long time, though I am basically a socially autistic sketchbook junkie.
some more stuff to come soon. need to transfer files onto this computer. Alot of these are from my site, you can see some more there and also some of the more commercial nonsense that I've done. Comments, critques questions all appreciated. Please send help. I love all of you.