New Art & Art Shows

I’ve been slacking from blogging a bit, but have been working on trying to get my work out there more this year (and in the future). Here are some finished pieces I’ve done (2012-2013). The majority were done in graphite and ink, with the exception of “Home” (which has color created with a colored pencil) and “Secret Garden (which was done in crayon). I submitted the first one (below) and the work titled (House in the Mountains” for the Lawndale Big Show, but was not accepted. The other pieces where  featured in the JoMar Visions Group Show last month. I will also be submitting works for the 17th Annual Citywide African American Artists Exhibition sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Last year my work titled “Thomas & Janie” was accepted. Wish me luck!

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"House on the Mountains"

Close up: "House in the Mountains"

"Castle"

Close up: "Castle"

"Home"

Close up; Crepe Myrtle trees in "Home"

"Secret Garden"

Close up: "Secret Garden"

What I’ve been working on…

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on. This is the first of a set of illustrations of two children. I want to call the girl Janie, but I don’t have a name for the boy yet. I’m working on another of the two, from a different angle and enlarged a little.

colored pencil, pen

 

I’ll take some more photos, plus I’ll take some of the art I painted on a canvas bag over the summer. I’ve been using it to carry my class stuff during summer school and I’ve washed it a few times, so hopefully the work looks as awesome as the day I painted it.

My New Illustrations

I finally finished this last night. I was inspired by the story about the Little Engine That Could.

“¡Lo Puedes Hacer!”

paper, colored pencil, water-soluble pastels, ink

“Groovy Black Girl”

paper, water-soluble pastel

I love vintage children’s books illustrations. I found these two books, Upside Down Day (1968), words by Julian Scheer, pictures by Kelly Oechsli and Just like David (1951) by Marguerite De Angeli, in the library.

The color combinations of blues and greens with the black are beautiful in the right illustration. The left illustration is just a beautiful scene. I’m really drawn to the 60s Modern decor and architecture. I love the long lines of the windows and the landscape outside. The entire color pallet of this book is a funky, 60s, retro, themed colors that seem to be in discord, a little.

I was first drawn to the cover and it’s color scheme. The illustration on the right has great black and white, soft drawing lines. It has a beautiful texture. There are a few scenes done in color. I think they were made using watercolor, but I’m not positive. The ones in color are equally as wonderful as the black and white ones.

 

Others books I checked out are: When We Were Young: Two Centuries of Children’s Book Illustrations (1977) by Williams Feaver, 101 Alphbets (1958) by W. Ben. Hunt…Ed. C. Hunt, and An Animated Alphabet by Marie Angel.

The second illustrations is by Arthur Rackham, a favorite of mine. He did a series of Alice in Wonderland illustrations that I loves. I really like his use of lines and elongated forms and figures.

 

An Animated Alphabet has the best intricate, detailed illustrations ever. They’re very realistic. I think the butterflies are my favorite.

What I’m Working on Now

I’m working on coming into to my own style, one day at a time. This was a drawing for one of the doodle projects from GOOD (I have yet to finish, so it was never  submitted). My dream is to vacation in the Texas hill country.

Here’s a close up of my favorite part of the drawing. I love how the layers turned out.

Finally, here a close up of the text I’m still working on.

I’m also working on a couple illustration for class. The illustration will be the visuals for accompanying audio.

I enlarged and colored the drawings.