Here is another illustration I did for the Mental Health Organization I work for, Impeerium. We've been working on a garden plot that allows people in the community to get out doing something positive for their mental and physical health! If you're in Plattsburgh NY. Come hang at the Wellness Garden!
So, a great thing has happened to me. You might remember a while back I hosted a run for mental health awareness and created a charity called "You Are Not Alone". Well it seems my wish came true, and I really am not alone, because since then I've been hired at Impeerium, a branch of NAMI, where I continue my passion of helping people that struggle, NOW with a great group of people. Just when luck seems to be against you, and you're struggling to see any light, something can stumble into your life. These are posters I've made for the events we've been hosting to bring people in the community together. Look closely, I'm on one!
This illustration was made for The Greenbean's music producer Kenny Siegal. In this picture we see the kids taking over the house. I remember these days of my childhood fondly.
My rugby team did it! I wasn't able to play past playoffs, but our Plattsburgh State Rugby team beat Ithaca for the NY state title. Up front you see our coach with his hands in the air. And the rest of the goof balls are students I played beside in the games. I went with a looser watercolor style for this piece, more splotchy. A little bit of Quintin Blake in there. I will do this again.
Here is the result of a past figure drawing session. Figure drawing has been crucial to building skill and confidence as an artist. As I started my figure drawing education at The Center For Cartoon Studies it was rough and every drawing was a sketchy rush to get done. Now I take more time and I like my result more. Good to take more time? I don't know, I just know what's been working these days. I also remember a nice experience early on when I began noting that the figure models poses were more beautiful and the lighting set up more delicate than when I started. Eventually I realized that it was the same models from the beginning of class. And the same person was setting up the lighting. It was me who was changing, as I grew as an artist I could see more beauty.
Here lies my latest illustration! This is an art piece I completed for my record producer Kenny Siegal of Old Soul Studios! Like myself, after pursuing his art passions he has decided to go back to school for a degree. He is attending Bard College and will be playing a concert there this month. I'll be making a trip back to Old Soul Studios in December to record my untitled EP. Look for that on sale in the upcoming year! Hope you enjoy the picture. Leave a comment. :)
Here is my latest illustration. A watercolor family portrait that I was hired by the Recording engineer and producer of "The Greenbeans" album, Kenny Siegal of Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. It's special for me to be able to make an art piece for an artist of a different craft, but it's also scary as he sees all the fine details and won't let me get away with any short cuts. I appreciate the business and look forward to recording at his studio again in the near future.
This post is a little late. But I feel I need to write about the new friends I made performing a play this past summer in Essex NY. The play was Next To Normal. It's kind of a psychological story about a disfunctional family. I like it. I enjoyed the experience of performing in a theatrical setting again, over seven years for me. What struck me most about the play was the people in it. These people I drew were some of the nicest, caring, and loving people I've met. The bond the theater group has is special and I was lucky to be part of it. So, at the last performance I was happy to be able to share with my fellow cast a token of my appreciation, a drawing of the cast with some quotes that were conjured up from backstage chatting. Some of the quotes were a little too edgy for the rest of the world.
So... I think it's okay that I post more than simply my art on this site, and hey, this is my culinary arts, which I perform once a year! I just wanted to take a second to share this event and concept for a charity I'm starting up. I recently hosted a run/walk in support of people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and OCD. We raised $150 that is being donated to two foundations that support the cause. You might ask yourself, what inspired this?... And to get deep with you, I've dealt with all three of these for quite some time, and I want to do what I can to help others that have as well. You can feel really alone when you are suffering from any of these conditions, and I think one of the best ways to overcome these bad feelings is to wrap your head around the fact that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If the charity concept speaks to you, please like it on facebook at www.facebook.com/youarenotalone222 And if you can! Participate in some of the events that will be raising money for those who suffer from these conditions. Thank you.
So here is a collection of the same illustration that I did over and over trying to get it to where I wanted it. I guess that's the trouble of having a strong image in your head that you want to capture, you can never really do it.... But I am this ink wash that is at the bottom, my fav... so far... no it's the one... I think...
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