To the outside world, I may appear to spend my time doodling while binging on streamed TV shows and internet videos. But in reality, my avid consumption of every aspect of popular culture helps me understand the cultural forces that reflect and influence those around me. I absorb the chaos of the outside world, interpret it through my own filter and from it create color, movement and form on my canvases.
This is one of my experimental pieces. I’m playing with the idea of crossing some of the superhero art I love to create with some of the looser, more abstract work that I do. I most often create comic book pieces on bristol board with marker or digitally. I”m more playful with the colors and swirls of my abstract work, it flows across the canvas. Thor brings those together and I’m very happy with the result. I wanted it to feel like a variant cover of Thor but still feel like a piece of “art”.
I love doing art inspired by my favorite musicians or bands. This piece was experimental and fun, because the Gorillaz exist visually as a cartoon band. I was trying a new brand of pastels as the base, and sprayed it with a workable fixative, adding Copic markers to refine and sharpen details. The finishing was done with Acrylic markers to add depth and a little movement. The look I achieved was sharper than most of my canvas pieces. I also played with figuring out how to capture their personalities while holding on to the digital look of the band and using traditional techniques.