This year for Pride I wanted to create a set of positive, fun & casual designs for people to wear or display. The collection this year includes shirts, pins, stickers & posters. Most designs I created for this year utilized the modern LGBTQ flag colors representing POC & Trans individuals. Two items also feature a digital rendering I made of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate fifty years of the modern LGBTQ rights movement that began in 1969. Overall my goal for this project was to have fun, simple & positive images. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them!
My new Christmas card collection has gone live! Check out the selection at the link below and feel free to message me for some custom printing options if needed.
Hi everyone! I now have all my items up after the soft release with many more Halloween items. Here is a quick look at what I have created and there's even more than what is shown in my store. I'm also running a promotion from now until October 1st for 15% off any order of $15 or more. I am trying to convert all my art products to the Etsy storefront instead of my art website because it has a better interface and is easier for consumers to use. It also gives you several different payment options. I hope you enjoy the aesthetic of these items and have a great Halloween season :D Feel free to check out the links below or share this post if you would like to.
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It's astounding and incredibly noteworthy that an African-American Gay artist painted the official Presidential Portrait (the first to do so) of the first African-American President for the Smithsonian. I've seen divisiveness on the piece itself but this has easily become one of my favorite pieces I've seen in the last decade. From the connections to each of the plants (representing Hawaii, Chicago, etc) to the chair and stance playing homage to Lincoln's portrait but flipped horizontally, his figure is seated in an inquisitive and easily approachable position. It's such an amazing contrast especially seen next to the past few official portraits - a tieless casual George Bush, and a standing Bill Clinton (with a shadow reflection of Monica Lewinsky that people didn't find out until years later) which are more by the book standard realism portraits. I could go on and on but I'll attach an article that points out a lot of great references and information on this piece and of the former first lady's portrait. If you get a chance look at the rest of the work by Kehinde Wiley too. I remember seeing some of his pieces in the mid 2000's and was blown away at how he constructed portraits and patterns with historical references and twisting that to be a commentary on race in the present. It's amazing to see him chosen as the artist for the official portrait.
It's been a while here on the blog. Three years in fact! I've been busy working and doing a lot of commercial work for businesses but I have been creating various smaller work here and there when time permits. I've begun the process of creating various items to list on my store on this website and an Etsy page that will be linked once I get the ball rolling on that. Expect prints, pins, clothing and more.
It's been an incredible journey the last few years and I'm getting together images of some work I had yet to show off. Be sure to stay tuned because there are a lot of surprises coming that is for sure.
For the second post in my series for Photographic Narratives, Im exploring an article by David Rosenberg for Slate titled, A Photographer's Version of the Great American Novel. The article uses a neutral voice with the work and presents the work supported by facts and a bit of biographical tidbits.
The work, Taxonomy of a Landscape by Victoria Sambunaris has become one of favorites from the way she holds the camera and creates shots in order to convey her feeling and tone with imagery. The work is vivid and strong and help creates a visual language to showcase the different aspects of the American landscape. The article supplements that but you don't get a real sense of the feeling the writer has for the work other than what seems to sound like respect and a tad bit of admiration.
This semester I will be covering aspects of Photography, Art Blog Spotlights and Photography Review through my blog. This is the first post for the Spring Semester of 2015.
This week I am covering the article Photographing a Filipino View of the Streets by David Gonzalez for the New York times. The article details the “Unscripted...Unpredictable” exhibition curated by Rick Rocamora for the University of the Philippines.
Within the body of work there are a few standout pieces in my eyes, the first being by Rommel Bundalian which in the article was untitled. This is a great street based photograph depicting a female figure eating in a McDonalds in Manila as a terrifying red face replicates her face behind her. Another female figure to the right is on her phone creating another commentary next to a bag being consumed by the face on the wall in back. This is the strongest visual element of consumerism in the photograph - the mirrored faces.
Another photograph I found striking was by Ben Molina and taken in Santa Barbara California. The photograph depicts a figure hidden through frosted glass eating, while the room opposite to his location is in full focus and holds photographs of people hanging salon style above the seating arrangements. The figure eating through the glass captures the ghostlike nature of street photography and how temporary the actions and events captured in each photo of this kind are. The figure is eclipsed in focus by an empty section of tables and ads that depict consumerist soda ads. The feel of this photo is very haunting as are most street photographs to me - yet at the same time, they have a very beautiful temporary quality to them. They remind me that everything in life is temporary.
I finally took a new speed painting video for my advanced Painting class at Bradley. It's one of the paintings from my chaotic Disney series and was a fun one to work out. So much cobalt blue paint! Here's a video of my process from stencil creation to finishing with colored pencil.
This Fall at Bradley University has been full of brand new experiences and challenges. I enrolled into a print-making course which I absolutely love. This is my first time creating prints and we have been working with linoleum blocks. I so far have printed a one color print of the statue of liberty pictured left. I'm thinking of running a series of this image in a few different colors and seeing how they turn out. My next project is a three color print that will be in yellow, orange and black and features George Zimmerman, Miley Cyrus and Nicholas Cage in a dress. The image is pictured below. I'm also in Life Drawing which is bringing forth it's own new challenges and motivations to achieve better skill of drawing the human figure. The third new course is B/W photography. I've taken a traditional photography class before but this one is strictly film and not digital and I'm exploring my themes more confidently. I also have another painting course where I am working on a trio of Disney paintings and a large painting that is 6' x 7'.
All in all things are going great here on the hilltop. As always, thanks for reading :)
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