Pop for Christmas!

Are you stuck yet trying to think of holiday gifts for people? I know I have those friends that leave me scratching my head every year.

Let me give you some advice: you can never go wrong with art. It’s fun, it’s unique, and it’s something your friend or family member can look at and enjoy for years to come.

Hop on over to my Etsy store, and go shopping for some pop! Art, that is. Use the coupon code CHRISTMAS for 20% off. To give you a taste, here are a few of the items up for sale….

3 Nudes

Nude with a Violin watermarkedI recently uploaded some new merch to my Etsy store, including three nudes. They each have my usual predilection for high contrast, but they represent three different approaches to life drawing.

The nude at the left represents photorealism. I tried my best to accurately draw the light and shadow on the model’s body.Double Nude watermarked

The nude on the right takes its cues from comic book illustrations; I transformed the shadows into irregular blocks of black ink. There is arguably a psychological subtext in the doubling of the figure, as the one on the left could represent the public persona — strict and alert — whereas the one on the right is withdrawn and vulnerable, more like our inner selves.

Big Guy watermarkedFinally, the nude on the left is the “popiest” of the three. The pose is sexy and direct, and the colors are exaggerated. I like how the softness of the pencils contrasts with the, erm, hardness of the model’s body. (In the original art, his member is not censored, by the way.)

Three completely different ways to depict the nude body, and they are all for sale! Buy your favorite nude before it’s gone forever!

The Inner Voice

Good Shepherd, 2015

Good Shepherd, 2015

This is a drawing from two years ago that I never uploaded. I was waiting to digitally color the piece, but I think it stands on its own as well.

The sheep represent three different responses to the wisdom, guidance, and friendship of the shepherd. The sheep on the lower right looks away, its face (and sight) shrouded in darkness. The sheep in the rear sees the shepherd but remains at a distance, perhaps judging itself unworthy of his company.

The sheep on the left stretches upward to make contact with the shepherd. The boy in turn lowers his hand, meeting it halfway. He sits far above all three sheep, watching over them with equal care.

I think we all have that inner voice that tries to steer us in the best direction. Call it the conscience, the superego, the higher self, or whatever you like. No matter how many times we make mistakes, we can still turn to the compass within and choose a better path.