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Lately I am just loving to paint these characters with more human faces.
I love exploring the duality between physical and nonphysical worlds and how the two can exist together.
I am inspired by Renaissance portraits with their very realistic portrayal of the human form. The eyes and face always seem so soft, expressive and so telling.
In this piece, I chose to keep the facial features more realistic and then really abstract the body and external world using neon colors. I wanted to show how we can remain in this very solid, human form but all thoughts and experiences exist both within and around us.
I love beginning these pieces with simple circle shapes. Creating the pattern is very meditative. It reminds me to keep things simple.
From there, I always pencil in my character’s face, body and hair.
But it takes layers and layers before I connect with the painting. I like to paint until I feel the feelings in whatever I create.
At first, the character often looks more like a cartoon. I like to keep the light hardheartedness and freedom in that initial face, but add depth and realism with more layers.
I’m finding joy in following what I love and remembering there is no right or wrong way.
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