Posts Tagged ‘new art’

A lot of people have been exposed to a piece I did back in 2008 that has stuck with them. Many have been intrigued by it and it’s been featured in 2 major art galleries in Nashville. I’ve sold many prints of this piece and to my buyers I’ve had to explain the meaning and symbolism behind it. People have felt strangely drawn to it and the phenomenon has even eluded my own explanation. I’m going to explain it in this post the symbolism behind the images in this piece as well as why I felt compelled to paint it.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

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Ever had the urge to see what you’d look like if you were in Street Fighter? Well that the nice thing about being an artist. When you imagine stuff like this you can put it on paper. I did this in watercolor with a new heavy watercolor set and new brush set I just bought that I’ve been wanting to try out. I think the artists that did the character renderings in Street Fighter 4 did an amazing job so I’m kind of paying homage by doing their style here. How’s it lookin’ . . .

This piece is the upcoming mixtape cover for band quickly gaining notoriety in NYC titled “The Freight Train Hobos”. I used a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and traditional ink in this piece. It was a fusion of my own style with the head band members ideas and it turned out excellent. Check out the band by clicking here ——> The Freight Train Hobos

 

A lot of artists I’ve come in contact with over the years have asked me a lot about my journey from 9 to 5’ing it to being a full-time artist. So after the advice I’ve given I finally decided to sit down and blog about it so that all can see and bypass a lot of hurdles along the way. Nobody loves free information more than me so I might as well do my part in contributing. I’m going to try to cover as broad a range of art/photography as possible without sacrificing too much career-specific detail. Also a lot of you may already be generating revenue with your art but there may be tips in these blogs that can help you out in reaching the next level. While no two careers in the art industry are identical I’m going to try to help you organize the chaos that is the professional art world so you can build your own prototype in your head before execution. 

Now there are two ways to pursue a career in art, freelancing or being on staff. I’m going to hit them both but mostly freelancing in these blogs due to the way this field is changing. Companies are turning to freelancing more often to diversify their talent pool. Most artists I talk to don’t like a 9 to 5 or a boss anyways and I can relate. Back in the early 2000’s when Disney traditional animation was just coming out of its golden age they had expressed interest in me and offered me a scholarship. I graciously declined. People called me crazy but I just couldn’t see myself, an untamed artist, being just being another cog in the Disney machine. Plus I knew I wanted to be my own boss if I was to undertake a career in art. (more…)

I’ve been observing the work of some outstanding Japanese artists lately and decided to go out of my element a little bit. I love some of the concept art from the Street Fighter video games. I’ve also been listening to some modern Japanese music just to get in the spirit while painting this . . . I know it sounds kind of weird but hey . . it’s what dedicated artist do. ‘More to come as I’m expanding my entity online. The Twitter, Facebook, etc account info and links coming up on this blog so stay tuned. Til next time folks!

I know it’s been a while since last update and I apologize for this update being so late but MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN I’ve been busy.  I’ve had to make a lot of critical decisions in a short amount of time to make provisions for growth due to a LOT of opportunities being thrown my way. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and learning, discovering the many intricacies of business and having to pick up things as I go. I’ve been meaning to do this blog entry like a month ago but there kept being more and more details I wanted to add in so I kept waiting. I’ve been networking with other HIGHLY talented artists enjoying their work and life views which helps contribute to the depth of my own work. I think artists collaborating and working with other like minded artists is a plus, expecially when some artists are still trying to find their avenues of generating income through art. Now onto some details . . . the merchandising end of business has been flourishing especially as it pertains to Nashville. I’ve been doing a lot of art lately commemorating Nashville and the staples of the city that stand out to people to really connect with the mainstream audience of the city and it’s opened a lot of doors for me. In this blog post is one of the pieces I did featuring the themes people identify with in Nashville, natives and tourists alike. From those few designs I’ve been selling a lot of t-shirts, postcards, etc. People have responded well. As an artist I’m still painting and satisfying my own soul by creating at the same time the business man in making me create pieces the immediate market can relate to. Another hat I found myself under has been that of a source of knowledge for other artists/entrepreneurs. Through the books and articles I’ve read over time to get here I’ve helped out a great many people find their grounding in getting started doing something similar to what I’m doing. As soon as I find time I’m going to start posting some tutorials as a collection of knowledge I’ve required to help other artists on their quest to marry their passion with their way of making a living. I’m also going to post some new artwork so stay tuned.