This is my first time combining pen and watercolor, and it was such a pleasure! I definitely think I will work on this technique some more and see how far I can push the contrast between the two mediums. And of course, love stylizing the hair – there’s something I really like developing there as well. So glad the buyer likes it – hope you all do too!
Today we honor a man whose voice & vision carried a movement. It seems fitting to post my “I Have a Dream 2013” painting today. Thank you again to everyone who volunteered your voices and faces to this project – look at how beautiful we are when we come together! 🙂 And thank you Dr. King, for your inspiration & sacrifice. RIP.
Check out the full project (including the video!) at www.IHaveADream2013.com.
I like making art w/pixels as well as with paint <3. Love this shot I took & just finished the final retouching for my clients. Such a beautiful and happy couple - I wish them all the best with their new family! Special Thanks to Jes Perilla for being a great assistant at the shoot!
I love going to Central Park to take photos <3. Went a 'lil wild w/the Photoshop on this one today 😉 Happy Monday all!
Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have a great one, with the people you love.
In honor of the holiday and all the outdoor festivities, I thought I would share a photo I took in Central Park recently, in the Shakespeare Garden.
Finally making postcards for my MLK tribute project participants 🙂
57 people + 50 postcards = a lot of work, but so worth it — Thank You to everyone who was part of it and check out the art & video at www.IHaveADream2013.com
After spending 15 additional hours on the “I Have a Dream 2013” painting I created for last year’s 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s legendary speech, all the tiny portraits are finally finished!
I think a gallery show is in the works… Stay tuned!!
Visit the official IHaveADream2013.com page to see the video, and inspiration behind the project. <3
Check out the book cover I drew & painted that just came out! They sent me a copy of it and it felt so great to see it “for real” — you can even buy it on Amazon! –> http://www.amazon.com/Fangasm-Supernatural-Fangirls-Katherine-Larsen/dp/160938198X Crazy! 🙂
I also videotaped myself drawing and painting this cover, so stay tuned for the speedart video coming soon!
Supernatural Fangirls book by Katherine Larsen & Lynn S. Zubernis. Book cover design by Thomas Ng, Portrait illustrations by Adesina.
When I was a little girl, I hated the invention of the camera. At the age of three I already knew I wanted to be a painter, and in my young mind, I somehow saw the machinery of modern image-making as a threat to the sovereignty of traditional artists; usurping our exclusive claim upon the creation of two-dimensional depictions of the world. Especially since I aspired to be a realistic painter, as a child I believed: If only cameras had not been invented, surely one day I would be as in demand and successful as any of the Renaissance legends. Anyone wanting a portrait would depend upon us, the painters, the artists of the world, and would not be able to simply point and click some box at themselves to create it.
Admittedly there was a lot of denial and hypocrisy in this line of thinking. At the age of nine or ten I had already begun using photographs as reference material for my work – consorting with the enemy, so to speak. And later, when I begun creating my surrealistic montage paintings as a teenager, photographic references became even more indispensable.
And yet I still disliked the camera, convinced it was my nemesis. I refused to learn how to use one, beyond a simple point-and-shoot, and to this day I still complain when I see a photo of myself, captured with the harshness of digital austerity — “A PAINTING would never look so unflattering,” I would assert, “Why would ANYone want an ugly, machine-made photo of themselves when they could have something so much more true to their inner beauty and spirit; a painted portrait by an actual human hand?”
But as harsh as digital photography can often look, with the innovation of computer pixels, comes possibility, and an invitation to even greater ARTISTRY. Enter: digital art, retouching, and the magic of Photoshop.
I began retouching photos of myself almost as soon as I first had one taken. It wasn’t just a matter of vanity, but of branding: my career as a TV personality required a polished public persona, and I aimed to deliver. And eventually, I became so accomplished at retouching (which frankly reminds me of painting, and therefore is highly enjoyable), I was able to offer it as a side service for both web design clients and entertainment industry colleagues.
But this past spring, when I purchased my first DSLR, ostensibly to produce videos under the auspices of my newly formed media company, as well as to take my own photo references for future paintings; something changed within me. As I began to learn how to use it, about ISO and shutter speed and f-stops; about lighting and lenses and technique; I realized, I could not only take rough photos to use as references, but I could take beautiful photos that stand alone as objets d’art in their own right. Add to that my years of retouching experience, and a portrait photographer has officially been born!
My first professional shoots this past summer have been a whirlwind of fun and learning. Results I previously thought I could only achieve with a paintbrush ensued, and at a fraction of the cost and time of physical painting. I will be posting my favorites from recent shoots as I continue to progress (and I will have to find a place for them – either on this site, or my company site?), and I am so thrilled and excited to see where this takes me.
In the meantime, please enjoy the above featured image, of my lovely client just before she gave birth to her firstborn child (and yes – I recently took photos of her newborn as well! Stay tuned!), and if YOU have ever changed your mind completely about something – whether it’s an artform or a theory, or a way of doing things, please feel free to share it in the comments below; I am really curious to hear others’ experiences!
This has truly been an eye-opener for me, as I rethink who I am as an artist. And although I will never ever stop painting, I am so grateful to have found yet another wonderful avenue for expressing the love I have for this breathtaking world we have been given.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, leading up to the gallery show, “I HAVE A DREAM – 50 Yeas of Change,” at El Taller Latino Americano, where I have been invited to display my multimedia tribute piece to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has been the most involved, collaborative, and intense art project I have ever done.
The gallery opening was on Wednesday, July 24th, and in the weeks preceding I spent over 100 hours creating a painted portrait of Dr. King, based on screenshots from the videos of over 50 people, from all walks of life, who each generously took the time to recite one line from the speech to camera.
In addition, my piece, officially titled “I Have A Dream 2013,” (below, right) includes a video montage of all the submissions I received, and that video can also be seen at the gallery, on a tablet under my painting.
This entire experience has been so moving, and so time-intensive, that I am only now catching my breath enough to step back and appreciate what has been created, not just by me, but by the amazing people who believed in Dr. King’s dream enough, to lend their voices and faces to the project. I am ever in their debt.
The gallery show ends this Saturday, August 10th, so I invite all of you to feel free to come up to 104th and Broadway in NYC and see all of the amazing work before it closes. I am so honored, not only to be able to show alongside such esteemed and established artists such as Felipe Galindo, Martin Kozlowski, & Sylvia Hernandez; but also to be part of an exhibit curated by my wonderfully talented and gifted mentor, artist Andrea Arroyo.
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If you’d like to visit, gallery hours are Mon-Thurs 10-6, and Sat 10-1, and the address is:
The Grady Alexis Gallery – El Taller Latino Americano
2710 Broadway, 3rd Fl. New York NY 10025. 212-665-9460
It’s free to attend, and I hope you can make it, but either way, more is yet to come for IHaveADream2013.com – so stay tuned! 🙂