I was commissioned to paint a portrait of 12 fellows of the 2020 NGEN Fellows from Independent Sector. Here’s a bit of process of how I did it, minus the reference photos of the individuals and the seated poses.
Here is the third video in a series where I talk about how I draw something for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio. This one in particular is about portraits or faces. Check it out and share with the young ones in your life.
Here is my #ArtvsArtist piece for 2020. I didn’t see anyone posting new ones yet this year so i thought I’d do it again. I haven’t done one since 2018. Check out some of these pieces in more detail. From left to right, top to bottom. If you’re new to my work, here’s how you can work with me LINK, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Read Print 1
2. Brown Berets for Inktober
3. Bandsaw character
4. Leila Motley (Poet)
5. Me– Photo by Kristen Murakoshi
6. Dads who dig character
7. Boombox character
8. Play That Beat type
9. Organizer painting
Wow, cant believe its been so long so I posted a Jazz related piece. Here’s a lady Ive been listening to and getting acquainted with. Ms Shirley Scott, a wonderful organ and piano player who was an incredible band leader, band member, and an all around talented musician who I feel does not get enough praise. Some of my favorites by her include “Shirley” (w/ her husband Stanley Turrentine), Carla’s dance, 411 West, and Soul Song. There is also a good segment on NPR’s piano jazz with her as well. RIP.
My my my what a group this is. I’m just starting to delve into their sound. Yes I’m late. But then, I started….right? Jaspects is a group of cats who met at Morehouse, see Vanessa Warren’s write up on them from the Polkadot LP. They play hella instruments, they rhyme, sing, and they got fashion sense. What else could you ask for in a Jazz Band? Um, so the songs i’m feeling by this multi-instrumental, multi-talented ensemble are “Fallin“, West End Station, Be-Hop, and My way to love.
If you’re just tuning in, Ive been working on this Jazz Series of (Rough) portraits and typography for more than a year and its almost done. If you have not heard of some of the musicians like this group, check out what the individual members are up to. I found Henry Conerway III of Jaspects on twitter for example. From one artist to another…
Patrice Rushen is an OG musician. Been listening to her music for awhile. I think i first flipped out when I heard “Where there is love”, because Mobb Deep used that for Temperature’s rising. But aside from all the great soulful songs she did from ablums like Pizaz, Posh, and Patrice; she started with more experimental, electronic, and funky Jazz. Some of the songs I dug up that I liked were Before the Dawn, Stepping Stones, and Puttered popcorn . Long live Patrice, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and funk goddess.
Pharoah is a pillar in one of my favorite styles of Jazz. Its a fusion of so many things that just compliment each other. Some of the classics from this brother, who is still performing are Thembi, Astral Traveling, and The Creator has a master plan. Dig it.
The first time I heard Muhsinah was through a song she did called “Stay Here” with Exile. To this day I still dont know who did what on the production of that song. But, I love her voice and I love the tracks she makes blending her skills on the guitar, piano, and moog. Some favorites of mine featuring her are How Great, Gogh Again, Only and Always, and Stop & Go. Get all up on her sound yall!
All it takes is one song, melody, or note. I’m not sure yet which one is my favorite, but something lead me to the amazing vocal talent of Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. Take a listen to Down here below, Freedom Days, Prayer protest is wheww,