I had a great experience of being supported by the Press Republican Newspaper in the North Country in my effort to bring awareness to the issue of mental illness. I was interviewed about my mental health Advocacy and the character I created called "Semi-Colon Man!" By clicking the link below you should be able to read the article. Press Republican Article Semi-colon Man
It's interesting how so many different artists arrive at art pieces in so many different ways. Some of my illustrations are things that I plan out way in advance and take a great deal of time getting every component of the picture just the way i want them before I comprise them all in a final piece. This art piece is completely different. I had done the initial sketch you see here with a pen in my note book months ago and forgot about it. When I went to clear out the drawn on pages of my notebook I saw the sketch and thought it looked worth saving. I scanned it into the computer, colored it, and I had an illustration that pleased my eye. I like to accompany this picture with the words-
"He plays their wedding song every night, before he goes to sleep."
I had a great job experience working with a mental health organization NAMI-CV/Impeerium in Plattsburgh, NY. It is rare in my life I've found groups of people that genuinely care about one another and the community they are part of, this was the case. As a token of my appreciation I made an illustration with all the staff in front of our building.
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.
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