I've been creating art for ages now, since before I was in high school, creating art was something I always wanted to do. High school is where I started to use ink as a medium. My love for ink art quickly grew and it's still one of my favorite mediums to work in.
I am told that my mom had read some Shel Silverstein poems to my brothers and I when we were younger, but I can't recall the poems or the artwork, but I am sure it's true. I recently picked up a couple of Shel Silverstein books with the suggestion from my wife. She had read his books back in the day and thought we shared a similar style. She was right! As soon as I picked up one of his books and saw Shel Silverstein's art, I instantly felt a connection.
Here are a few Shel Silverstein illustrations that I particularly find quite humorous.
It's been a while since I last posted because I've been a doing a wee bit of traveling. The wife and I took a couple of weeks to do some exploring. We both took some time away from work to unwind, relax and recharge the batteries. We decided to drive down the Eastern coastline of the North America. I was also secretly hoping to get inspiration that would help fuel the fire for my animal art series.
I find with any great adventure, the best trips have a loose plan. We knew we had ti be back at a certain time and we had a few spots we really wanted to see. Other than that, we left our trip up to spontaneity!
The first place we stopped was Mystic Connecticut. Yes, you know the place where the movie Mystic Pizza with Julia Roberts was based. Yes, of course we did the touristy things and stopped in and at the Mystic Pizza restaurant. The pizza was pretty good and they had the movie on repeat. :)
We also stopped in at the Mystic Aquarium, which to my surprise, was actually pretty cool. There was a decent amount of cool sea animal creatures here!
For instance we saw: Beluga Whales, Sea Lions, Sharks, Jelly Fish, Turtles, Sting Rays, and much more! Yes, I will be incorporating some of these animals into some upcoming animal art projects!
From their we ventured on to Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC! We spent some time on the ocean and the beach relaxing, along with visiting some classic city spots.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo was a bit of a let down as most of the animals weren't available but the Baltimore Aquarium was amazing and much better than the Mystic Aquarium.
We also went to a couple of art museum's, which was awesome to see some new artists as well as some of the famous artists I look up to.
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Viewing some new art and old famous art pieces gave me the inspiration to create more and the confidence to keep going! I am so excited to create more artwork and I am really happy to stay focused on the animal art I have been working on. I want to focus more on animal art series and take it to the next level. Here is one of the watercolor drawings I created a year ago that is a part of my animal art series.
The trip was a blast and we both enjoyed exploring some parts of the country we haven't visited yet. I also got a ton of inspiration that I am going to use in creating more animal artwork! Most of you know that pictures are worth a thousands words, so here are a few of my favorites from the trip.
Here is our journey captured via some of the photos we took along the way.
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"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."
- Bishop T.D. Jakes
I knew from the early stages of my life that I wanted to be an artist. Ever since I was a little kid I have been creating in some form or another. When I was in first grade a teacher gave me my own personal set of markers and that made me feel special. She probably gave everyone their own set of markers, but it doesn't matter because that moment helped push me towards the creative road in life.
For me, it's a place where I feel free. Where I allow my mind to take a break and allow the subconscious to take over. This place I'm talking about is my sketchbook. Think of my sketchbook as a visual diary. It's a place I go to vent, relax, play, and to simply just be. It's easy for anyone to get lost in their own thoughts and for me it helps to capture these thoughts in my sketchbooks.
Here's a drawing a I created showing you how my mind works when I am in my flow state.
I love creating unique art that comes from my natural state of flow. I've been creating pen and ink art right from the beginning of my life. I started out like most artists with pencils, crayons, and markers of course. However, my early years (7-10), is when I started to create pen and ink drawings during class at school.
My love for pen and ink art grew. Over the next 15 years and several hundred pen and ink drawings later, it became one of my favorite mediums to use for a couple of reasons:
I love the way my drawings look and how fluid and concise I could be
I can take my pen and notebook with me everywhere I go and I can be "in my studio"
There are so many different ways you can create art with this one medium
By experimenting with pen ink art at the beginning of my artistic career, I was able to cultivate my series called Back Rooms of My Mind.
Here are a few of my favorite pen and ink artists:
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I've been creating art in some form or another all my life and it's what I love to do.