Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I've always wanted to paint the crucifixion of Christ, a painting that's been done a million times. I've wanted to do it a little different than I've seen it before. Imagine a scene in your mind, something tragic that happened to you - a car accident, a sudden death in the family, a close-encounter with death. There are some details that you can remember quite vivid, while other details escape. They're fuzzy portions of your memory. This painting is of a very tragic event that many witnessed. I'm sure that if we were to go back in time and view this moment, after awhile, there'd be images that would be rather unclear in our mind. All of the black, grey, purple, and blue blotches of paint represent this. The sky darkened according to scripture, as it is depicted here. As Christ's body became limp, and the blood poured from His side, I'm sure there were details that may have been lost - faces in the crowd, rocks on the ground, a bird passing by.
In this painting, Christ is utterly humiliated. His body is completely naked. I know to some that may be disrespectful, but how much more disrespectful was it for His own people to rip the clothes from His body and the Romans to hang Him on the cross? The stripes He bore pour blood from His limp body, and His hair dangles silently. I deliberately painted Christ's arms longer than they should be. I wanted to really stress Him stretching His arms as far as they could go, so if they seem anatomically incorrect, that's because they are. The painting is in oil, and is 36x24.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A logo created for The Jericho Leadership Institute. The logo is on their website http://jericholeadership.org/. Vernon Henderson is the founder of this great organization. Please take the time to visit their website.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Obama on canvas, painted in Acrylic. I'm just trying to get a feel for how colors can be combined before I move into oil painting. Even though the portrait of Obama and Josephine Baker are completed in a very simplistic, bold fashion, I'm trying to see how things work before I move into painting the face in oil.
If you'd like to purchase it, the price is $100.00 plus S&H
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The first of two drawings for the cover of a book by James Robinson published by Kingdom Publishing in Richmond, VA. The book is about the two judgments of Christ. This first drawing depicts the first judgment on earth. The entire drawing was done in Photoshop CS4. The lightening, the blood, the background ... all done with a BAMBOO pen.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
This is an advertisement for a friend who was playing a joke on his Facebook page. I took some photos of him as well as a few Rolls Royce images and came up with this spread here. Understand that this was done only as a joke. I did not have permission to use the Rolls Royce image, nor am I intending to promote anything. It was just a fun image for a joke. However, Rolls Royce, if by any chance you come across my page and need a graphics artist, please give me a call.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Here are two images of a children's book I was asked to do. It's the story of William Branham and how he was in a violent storm and was directed to go pray for a young man. The true mystery of the story is that the young man's mom had been praying for her son's healing when William was flying from a convention. The plane was forced to be grounded, and God led him to the front door of this young man's house. Here is the cover, and a page from the book that's yet to be published.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I see so many "artists" in magazines do such horrible jobs at editing a woman, so I thought I'd try it for the fun of it. I found this funny-looking lady on a beach and (I have no idea who she is, nor do I know if the image is copyrighted, so it is not my intent to do anything unethical) thought I'd try and do a "professional" photo edit. I edited out portions of her belly, thinned out her legs and arm, thinned her face and neck, removed some of the hair, enhanced her breasts, and toned her up a bit. I tried to make it look like her thumb was tucked into her fist on her left hand, but I'm not so sure it's very convincing. Anyway - US Magazine, People, or any of those other trashy tabloid magazines - call me! I'm looking for a job.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here's a photo that I had to digitally remove the people in it. The photo is from Victoria Falls in Africa at a place called, 'The Devil's Pool'. Basically, once a year, the flow of the falls in this particular area is at a safe level, and people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls within the pool area without continuing over the edge and falling into the gorge; this is possible due to a natural rock wall just below the water and at the very edge of the falls that stops their progress despite the current.
The project was to take these smiling people and remove them from the photo with no added enhancements (i.e. sharpening the image, changing the scenery, altering the lighting, blah, blah, blah). All I had to do was remove the people. In Photoshop CS4, if you hit the 'S' key, you can paint over an area using a portion of the photograph. I just used the option key on the MAC - alt on the PC - and pasted over them with water from a different section of the photo.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here's a mural in our living room my wife had me do. I really admire Alphonse Mucha's artwork, and she said this was by far one of her favorites of his. The only change I made to it was I covered her up, as she was once in the nude. I took some photos from the inside of Uday's palace (Uday was the son of Saddam Hussein) and one of the photos consisted of this beautiful chest of drawers. On the doors of the chest were beautiful designs that I decided to put in the mural. Anyway, my wife loves it, I'm happy with it, and I plan to do another one soon.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here is the completed portrait I finished on or around the 19th of April. The lady, Aiesha, was just the ideal client to work with. She was very open to any ideas, she provided the photos I needed, and made herself very accessible. Her wedding is Saturday, 1 May 2010, and I wish her and her husband many, many years of wedded bliss.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Here is the final drawing in this series, and of course, it's ended with General Robert E. Lee. The map is of his victory at Chancellorsville. If you don't know anything about it, please, take the time to read up on it, you won't be disappointed. The drawing is of General Lee on his horse, 'Traveller', and his image is the one taken by the photographer, Julian Vannerson. While the photographer, Matthew Brady took many photographs during the war, and some very similar ones to this of General Lee, this is not one of those images. Robert E. Lee is just a captivating man to read about, and a real gentleman. He was a top graduate of West Point, and was a distinguished general, commanding the Confederate Army. He was always outnumbered, outgunned and yet, his victories against superior forces is what makes him a cut above the rest. To me, he was a genius on the battlefield, outsmarting many generals handpicked by Abraham Lincoln to defeat him. He was also the commander who defeated John Brown at Harpers Ferry. I hope you like the series, and prints are available for $25 each. These prints are also sold at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. If you're ever in the area, they'd love to have you come visit them. They will indeed provide you with an education concerning the Civil War that is not taught in schools, or provided by the NAACP.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is probably my favorite general of the collection, as well as a man who I deeply admire. He was a dear friend to Robert E. Lee and an extremely respected man amongst not only the southern army, but the Union as well. It was once said that he would kill a man at the drop of a hat, and sometimes it was him dropping the hat. General Jackson was a deeply religious man who wouldn't send a letter out if he knew the mail carrier would be carrying it on Sunday, and he once stated that he didn't even take a drink of water without thanking God for it first. A historian once said that General Jackson was so unmoving, that he'd stand out on the battlefield with bullets whizzing past his head, and he'd show no fear. I've also been told that General Jackson's military tactics are still being studied at military academies to this day. General Stonewall Jackson is the first drawing of the series that I completed first. His quote, is just a powerful quote that we all need to take into account. We needn't fear death, but to be prepared when that time comes. This is the only drawing of the set that I had copyrighted in 2008, the rest are from 2010.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Nathan Bedford Forrest was either the second or third portrait I drew in this series. At first, I was very tense about drawing General Forrest because of everything I'd heard about him. One of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan, the first grand wizard of the Klan, a slave owner, and a massacre of black Union soldiers were common things I'd heard about him. I tried to put this aside and focus on his military service instead. As I began to draw the general, I would read up on him as I went along. What I found amazing was that there is countless information regarding him as a klansman, a slaveholder, and his massacre at Fort Pillow. What our history books make very slight remarks about is General Forrest's decision to leave the Klan because of their violent behavior, and that he began to work for racial equality amongst black and white Americans. Just google, Nathan Bedford Forrest Civil Rights', and you'll see some wonderful information regarding his work towards equality.
That being said, General Forrest had no military education, and yet, he was one of the most feared commanders by the Union, and an amazing calvary commander. General Sherman once said that Forrest must be "hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the treasury." The map in this drawing is of his leadership at Brice's Crossroads. Here, he completely embarrassed the Union Army that had him outnumbered 3-1 (Forrest had 3,500 men compared to the Union's 8,500). The drawing at the bottom is of the memorial at Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
General James Longstreet - General Longstreet, by many accounts, gets a bad reputation because of some of the actions and comments he made. He disagreed with General Lee on Pickett's Charge, and wrote some critical comments about him as well. To many, criticizing General Lee is like someone criticizing Martin Luther King Jr. Because General Lee has such respect, to disagree with anything from him, makes one look like a traitor. I however, disagree with that sentiment. I believe that it's patriotic to disagree with our leaders, just as much as it is to agree with them. General Longstreet was an outstanding corps commander, and according to historian Jeffry Wert, "arguably the best corps commander during the conflict on either side". During the Battle of Fredericksburg, while the Union Army lost well over 10,000 men, General Longstreet lost some 500. The map shows his position at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the bottom is from a photograph of reenactors at Marye's Heights, where General Longstreet's men held their position.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard is the next general in this series. Beauregard was either the second or third drawing of the generals I completed, but the last one I worked on. I completed his face, worked on everyone else's drawing, and then did the map of Charleston Harbor last. I think that Beauregard gets a bad rap from some of the historians - the ones I've talked to anyway - as he comes off as what we call today, 'a fame whore'. He seemed to be very drawn to the limelight more than the cause that they were fighting for. After the war, he became wealthy from the Louisiana lottery, and spoke in favor of civil rights and voting for the recently freed slaves after the war was over. I decided to draw him because I think he was a brilliant artillery commander. What's striking about the opening of the Civil War, was that Beauregard was pitted against his instructor at West Point, Major Robert Anderson. The first shots from the Civil War were from Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter, which is what is drawn at the bottom of the page. Beauregard, though not quite the commander that Lee was, I really admire his skill as an artillery commander. Besides, he did command the first win of the Civil War of either side. The map is of Charleston Harbor, where the first battle took place. Even though General Johnston was the commander of the Battle of Bull Run, Beauregard is the one that basically ran the operation, Johnston just happens to get the credit because he was the general.
The drawing is 11x14 in graphite, but the background with the Confederate Flag, was done with Vine Charcoal.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Here's the completed portrait of JEB Stuart. Stuart was a graduate of West Point, and as a cavalry commander, he was known for his mastery of reconnaissance. He was a legendary figure, and one of the greatest calvary commanders in U.S. history. Though he maintained a cavalier image (red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with a peacock feather, red flower in his lapel), business was serious with him. Robert E. Lee dearly trusted Stuart, and he was devastated when Stuart was killed. In this drawing, at the top, is a statement by Stuart. Though it looks crooked onscreen, trust me, it's straight. I measured and lined it up with a ruler to be certain. The statement is a remarkable one, as this is indeed, the manner in which he was killed. He was killed at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864, leading a calvary charge. His hat is just below that, and the battle map that I decided to draw was one that, at first sounds like a joke. It's known as Stuart's ride around McClellan. Remember that the Union Army outnumbered the Confederates in just about every single battle. Stuart literally did something that sounds like it came out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, he rode around General McClellan. I thought it was fitting for the drawing, and at the bottom, I found some photos of a Stuart reenactment and drew from different photographs to get the drawing you see here. I hope you like it, and I'll be posting another one here shortly.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This is the next drawing of General George Edward Pickett. Pickett in some ways, has been immortalized because of the actions at Gettysburg. It was a very, very sad day for the south, and for America when, in one day, thousands of men lost their lives. Pickett's charge was a bloodbath. This is the only drawing I have done of the eight generals that depicts a loss. Like all of the others, this drawing is 11x14 in graphite. The map is of Pickett's position and route he took through the field, and the drawing at the bottom - which didn't come out as clear as I would've liked in the photograph - is of what is referred to as 'the high water mark of the Confederacy'. The tree and rocks are known as 'the angle', and it's the only position that the Confederates broke through Union lines despite such a high rate of casualties. At the top, I felt it was befitting for the drawing, to include the statement that General Pickett quoted to General Lee when when asked to turn to his division. General Pickett responded, "General Lee, I have no division." General Pickett witnessed so many of his men falling, and he personally blamed General Lee for this terrible loss of life. From what I've read, he never spoke to Robert E. Lee again.
Anyway, give me your thoughts and opinions.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Here is the first of the eight Civil War Generals in the series - Joseph E. Johnston. Just for a little background on General Johnston, in the First Battle of Bull Run also known as the First Manassas, he brought forces from the Shenandoah Valley combining his men with Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard. Johnston did suffer from a lack of aggression in the war, but he was an effective commander overall. He also assisted in the design and production of the Confederate Battle Flag, as it was his idea to make the flag square.
The portrait is 11x14 in graphite. I did take some liberties with his beard - material wise - by mixing white charcoal into his beard. The quote at the top was one that caught my attention. Often, men of great stature are given words of praise by their equal counterparts. To me however, it says a lot when those a great man is commanded by, states words of praise about him. The portrait itself took around 15 hours to complete. The map is of Johnston's movement, and I spent countless hours making sure that the map was accurate. I bought the West Point Atlas of War book that has all of the major campaigns in it along with the breakdown of each campaign. The maps are very detailed and the route had to be correct. I didn't want to violate any copyright laws, so I made sure that I researched dozens of maps of this battle, not just from the book. The bridge at the bottom is literally called, Stone Bridge. The bridge was originally destroyed and I struggled with either drawing from a photograph of the destroyed bridge, or the one you see in the drawing, the rebuilt one. All in all, I probably spent anywhere from 30 - 40 hours on this drawing not including research. I'd love to get everyone's feedback on this, so I look forward to hearing from you all.