BIRDS OF PARADISE
Two lovely birds welcome you to paradise. The subject, both fabulous and exotic, made it a bit difficult to decide which gallery to place her in. With her pet parrot on her shoulder, bold beauties both, I decided she's more fabulous than exotic. 'Birds' uses 5 different texture effects for the color palette making this one of my more colorful creations.
Modern portrayal of woman is strong, fiercely independent, able to fight battles on various fronts and capably competitive with her male counterparts. While I like this portrayal, I can't deny being drawn to the old school models of grace, glamour and femininity as well. In this gallery of colorful characters the goal was to combine the best of both worlds.
I thought this defiant subject could benefit from a layer of urban grit along with her laissez faire attitude. Bold, brash women are much a part of my repertoir. Rebels and scofflaws; women who think rules were made to be broken. Does art imitate life? In this artist's case, maybe just a little.
This Fabulous Femmes piece was inspired by fabulous hairstyle models. I wanted the colors of this piece to be as dramatic as the subjects, with the exotic and distressed textures combined with street art edge that's often a part of my works.
WAR IS OXYTOCIN
There's much to see in this piece, from the bullet bandolier to the face paint, the common Bic lighter and the sheer attitude of the face (inspired by an iconic photo). Combined with a hefty dose of exotic colors and textures, what's not to love about this feisty femme who feeds off war and oxytocin?
NEVER TOO TIRED
Inspired by a night of imbibing, and dog tiredness. But not too tired to put on my glad rags and go out for a drink. I wanted a retro theme for this sleepy subject, adding a scratched-up texture reminiscent of an old photo while keeping the palette somewhat monochromatic to further the retro vibe.
This piece was my first digital creation after acquiring a digital pen and sketchpad. Created more for the sake of mastering the digital implements (like drawing at a remove) while experimenting with layers, textures and effects that would become my signature. Filters, layers and removing imperfections at the speed of an Undo feels a bit like cheating, but digital art requires the same imagination + skill as its more traditional counterparts. Read more about digital vs. analogue in my BLOG post.
Is Tiger Lily not an extremely colorful character? Vivid, with tropical foliage, multiple textures and an edgy femme front and center makes this particular early piece one of my all time favorites. But then, I say that after every piece I finish.