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Art and Celebrities 

Many celebrities appreciate art and as an artist you may desire to use them as your muse. Some benefits are that they are well known and they have a large following therefore people can easily recognize the art and you can gain some exposure. 

I happened to meet @mannymua in New York at Sephora on 34th street doing a Yves Saint Laurent promo for their beauty line. 


As an artist you have to decide whether you will give the art away or keep it. He asked for it so I gave it to him. The choice is yours. It took me about 30minutes to complete the painting.


Other celebrities I have painted were Jessica White , a supermodel, in which she retweeted. If you can’t meet any celebrities you can use social media to reach out to them.

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Painting NYC

In NYC there are a million things to paint. Subways, people, beaches, and more. Decide if you want to paint live or from photography or a mixture of the two.

You can plan a day at the beach and bring your supplies. And paint the waves. The summer time is beautiful. In fact, that what my next painting will be, so check out my new posts.


This is a painting I did this week, check out my post Impressionism vs abstract art. Here

Painting your Ideas

Some artists like to paint to be inspired others are inspired to paint. I am a little bit of both. If you have an idea you can either get a sketch book and sketch your ideas with pencil , pen, or marker or you can go straight to paint.

Sometimes you may not have an idea and that’s why some artist create few great works. However, you can look at art in museums to get ideas or paint according to what’s going on in society like a movement.

Doing a bit of research will help gather ideas. For example I’m from New York and I love the rain, I painted this piece today.


This is what I had in my mind. Do any images come to your mind that you would like to share? 

Drawing in your Sketchbook

Sometimes you can draw in a sketchbook. When I draw in my sketchbook I use pastels , color pencils or even pen. It’s a good way to do studies on forms and figured. Sometimes I will do multiple studies on a certain part of the body such as the eyes , the lips , or the entire face. You can use a reference photo as well so that way you can get used to drawing things how they are in reality. 
My sketch book is 9″x6″ so it’s not large, you can get any size, the smaller it is, the easier you can tote it around wherever you go, but for large projects you can use the big one, like my 18″x 24″.  


You can find reference photos on the web in a book or you can ask a friend or family to sit for you, I used reference photos. 
   
    
I usually take about 10-30 minutes or longer to study and draw the image. You can keep them in your sketchbook to refer back to them at a later time or to show your progression. The more you practice the better you will become, that is the same for beginner and advanced artists. Using different mediums give your drawings a different look and give you more variety in your sketchbook. I have used pencils, pastels, and pen. They all give you a different technique, so expanding your tools will help you create beautiful various peices. 

 
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Using Soft pastels as a medium

Soft Pastels are a great artist choice for large or small pieces. I have used soft and oil padtels and the difference is that you need to use a fixative for oil pastels. Soft pastels are great because they show strong vibrant colors and are easy to use.

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I have used pastels to make beautiful ACEO collectible trading cards and I protect them using acid free sleeves. Another way to ensure the color stays vibrant is to show them behind glass making sure its no acrylic or plastic or the pastel particles will attract to it and make a ghost image. Hairspray can be used also if you are careful, hairspray tends to leave drops or alter the color of it. The best fixative if needed would be the Lascaux fine art fixativ.

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I have my ACEO card auction in my ebay store.
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Soft Pastels are a good medium for beginner or professional artist, you hold it right in between your fingers and you can feel the picture come to life as you use them.

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How I Work

I like to start working in the morning after I had a nice glass of orange juice, The best time for me in in the daylight and whats wierd is that unlike most artists I dont start drawing immediately, I brainstorm and get a few ideas of what I want to create, locate reference images and then go to the canvas. I dont usually sketch out what Im going to do instead I pencil in on the canvas my draft and then once Im satisfied I will then begin painting, I spend from 3 hours to days or weeks even months or years on some paintings. You got to work to be a successful artist so I paint frequently depending on my schedule.

I always pay attention to detail, as you can see below in my bouquet, i start with a underlayer after my initial drawing and then I so an overlay of brighter hues, and the final layer looks like what you see below. Working with different techniques, you might of heard of wet on wet or wet on dry methods, I like to use for oil paints, the wet on dry method. What that means is the canvas is completly dry when I start painting, however I do stain my canvas with a sepia color when I use oils.  When I work with watercolor I move between the two methods depeneding on my mood and the object of the painting, for example if Im painting a body of water i will do a wet on wet to give it a more watery feel.

 

 

caught the bouquet

completed oil painting

 

I can paint so long that I forget the time and I have to remember to get up and stretch , I also listen to music while I work, preferably classical, and when Im done my ritual is to clean my brushes and put away my paints, I work in my studio or living room , wherever I am feeling at the moment. If you paint how do you work? I would love to hear your comments or questions.