I was recently interviewed on a podcast called "Cleveland Schwill", a local Cleveland source for all things artistic and interesting in this city. During my conversation with Dave and Jason, I mentioned that I believe art is love. Now what the hell do I mean by that?
I don't create art to make money. In a perfect world, (at least MY world), my work would generate skads of moola, while at the same time allowing me to do precisely what I want to do. But this ain't a perfect world, so given a choice, I'll take the latter.
When I was a child, I used to love to doodle. I loved it so much that it became a sort of obsession, so much so that the ability to draw sort of grew in me. It wasn't that big a deal though, until other kids in school would marvel at my ability. I was better at art than anybody in my class, and I began to realize that it was this that would define me.
Now, I live in Lake County, which is just east of Cleveland. There is a very weak art scene here, even less than in Cleveland, which has an organization called Can Art, which does its level best to drum up interest, to mixed results. This leads me up to the subject of this blog, which is Stella's Art Gallery.
You may ask why I decided to create images of these archetypes. My art over the years, at least the non-commercial art, has involved simply attacking the paper with whatever media, (usually felt-tip pens), and letting the image create itself through me. In this case, however, it was about being focused on a specific aim. Having many years of free lance illustration experience helped greatly. I researched each one, did many pre-sketches, and relied heavily on the discipline of art. Below is a description of the process involved in each image. Please note that I am an American, so my...