When I was in elementary school I always had a love for art, it felt natural. My art teacher Mr. Young, who was the man, in 3rd grade submitted my art into a local art fair for the elementary school division, and I won 3rd place (pretty good considering I was the youngest to place in the top 5, 5th graders usually swept 1st through 5th place). Then that piece traveled a children art fair across the state of California, and a year and a half later I got it back. Unfortunately I did not continue with art after elementary school because I got heavily into acting. It is something I regret, but this summer my awesome best friend Stephanie pushed me to start sketching faces again, and create art after I was reminiscing one day about it. The latest piece I worked on was painting this beat up guitar case I found last summer on a street of nyc waiting to be taken away by the morning garbage truck.
Last summer I needed something to use to store junk in so I took the case, after all it was free. Now that I accumulating trunks to store my stuff, the guitar case laid vacant in my room. Art had become a hobby so I decided to paint it. I knew I wanted a hippie piece van feeling, but with an edge. I had experimented with the idea of newspaper, something I fell in love with on my last piece. So I took news paper and ripped it up, crinkled some pieces for texture, and adhesive sprayed it in patches onto the beat up black guitar case. Then I painted the flowers, and had the idea to fill it up with a floral pattern, but stepped back after a couple, and decided that was enough, so filled the patches between the newspaper with color. Here are images of the process..
Pretty boring, something was missing
Then came the 2am splatter paint binge... It made all the difference
All images courtesy of my iphone
Here is my first art piece I created at the end of summer. It's a sketch turned into a portrait of my best friend Stephanie. Thought it would be best to dedicate my first piece to her, I would not have created art again without her pushing me.
The picture it was inspired by
Disclaimer: this was done completely raw, started on computer paper, with a crappy #2 pencil. Now that I have gotten into this I learned that's not the best way to sketch..... oh well art has no rules