Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mucha



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

Aiesha




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

General Robert E. Lee





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 Stonewall Jackson





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.