Christmas Commission complete! Really pleased with how everything turned out, as anyone who knows me or my work, I don’t normally paint anything even slightly masculine so when I was asked to do this commission, I was a little intimidated.
It was certainly a change, painting army uniforms and machinery in place of long lashes or frilly dresses but every artists needs to prove to themselves that they are capable of creating almost anything, even something outside their normal comfort zone.
This project was especially important because of the two people it was for; a girl named Kirsten, who had devoted her life to animal rescue (hence the little rats peaking in & out of the stones), and her new husband, Steve.
Every time I’m asked to do a commission, I need to know about who I’m painting. I didn’t want to just recreate the photograph of Kirsten’s husband, Steve and his friend, but I wanted to weave in elements of who Steve was, his life, and his adventures.
Everyone has a story and I wanted to deliver that message through this piece by illustrating a tiny fragment of this soldier and husband’s life. Hopefully I succeeded!
Going back and forth between 2 paintings…it’s So fucking nice to be painting again!
Still have a lot to do on both my commission and the Sugar Skull Cat, she started out as a sketch, but it looks like she’s going to be a fully polished painting
Progress of my Christmas commission!
I was commissioned to do this painting for a really special person named Kirsten and her husband, Steve.
The idea blossomed from a photo that happens to be Steve’s prize possession which is a photo of him and his best friend on duty in Bosnia…I wanted to make this portrait into a piece of sequential art where you felt like you were actually looking into the life of this soldier. I wanted to deliver home that idea that this soldier’s life is composed of many different stories. Through all of his adventures, he’s dealt with hardship, pain and uncertainty, but he also has a wife.
I tied in different elements that Kirsten had told me about their lives together and so I’ve drawn in their wedding silhouette, Bosnian landscapes, medals that he’s earned, and tomorrow…little rats will be peaking in and out of the rocks. I wanted to also add symbols of Kirsten, so seeing as how she used to run a small rescue group where she took in primarily unwanted pet rats, I figured this would be the best way to represent her ( why I love her).
I’ve got until Christmas to make this kickass so the pressure’s onnnnn…although I’m more than fucking happy to be finally painting again after a hectic semester being Professor Jess!
My animals keep me company while I waste away with the flu…it should be illegal to be this friken cute!
Laying down some color onto my cat girl sugar skull sketch, I needed to work on so,etching quick and fun in between my other 2 paintings and my commission, it’ll be cool to see how this turns out : )
Another awesome time this past Friday at the Atlantic Highlands Art Council show, “Visual Notes from the Underground.”
Met a lot of really cool people, won best in show, and spoke to someone with a handlebar mustache!
Pics from my show over at GardenSk8 this past Sunday!
It was an awesome time, sold some prints, watched some kickass graffiti artists work their magic, hung around with some crazy talented artists like Nizyo, Evil Rob, and got to me Carmelo Snow!
Prints ready to go for my 2 upcoming shows, psyched for Garden Sk8 tomorrow!
For all my NJ friends, come and meet me at Garden Sk8 this Sunday! I’ll be there with my buddy Niz, and a bunch of other crazy talented graffiti artists and skaters!
I’ll be selling prints of my work and doing live painting on a few WIPS like this Cat Girl Sugar Skull!
Hope to see you all there : D
Sketching in PS…my post apocalyptic chick. Might finish it if I have time
Tiny piece/WIP of my painting, “Tilikum’s Nightmare”
Jumping between this painting and my cat queen painting, but I’m hoping to get really far with this one within the next few days