Yaz's Artistic Journey: The Very Beginning - Most Recent
I began my artistic journey years ago as all of us do, as a child. I've always been drawn to creating art, and I remember taking a painting class one summer as a young child. Somewhere in between childhood and about the age of about 12ish I didn't pursue art as much as I had, guess I was just busy growing up you could say. I do however clearly remember the day I stepped back onto my artistic path. It was a Summer day, I was about 13 or 14 years old, and being that it was a Summer day and we lived in Cow Town,USA there wasn't much to do. For some reason that day I grabbed a pencil, a piece of paper, and my favorite CD at the time The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back). I wanted to doodle the CD cover as I loved the band and thought the image was hilarious, and so I started. But somewhere between picking my pencil up and putting it down, my doodle became a drawing. I remember spending all afternoon on it, and being so proud of this drawing that I had actually consciously produced, spending hours perfecting each detail. That afternoon the artist in me was "awakened". As I said I was pretty damn proud of that drawing, and after it was finished I realized I had some kind of artistic talent. That's exactly when I began practicing and trying to improve my drawing skills, which led me to experimenting with painting.
A couple of drawings from that special Summer
Initially I started out my practice of drawing by simply drawing what was in front of me. I'd practice drawing cartoons or comics I saw in the Sunday morning comic strips and magazines, such as Mad Magazine. Practicing by way of attempting to copy these images is what helped hone my drawing skills, although I had a loonngg way to go! (And I still do for that matter!!)
Fast forward years later, I'm still at it and much improved!
This is a very recent drawing I did of Johnny Cash drawn in a Chiaroscuro manner. I learned about Chiaroscuro lighting in a drawing class I took in college. I really enjoyed this dramatic lighting technique, and plan on doing more drawings in the future utilizing Chiaroscuro lighting.
As I mentioned earlier, that same Summer all those years ago, I began to experiment with acrylic painting. I don't recall why I was inspired to try painting next, but my guess would be is because I really liked Van Gogh's paintings (as I still do). I initially began experimenting with acrylics on paper, but soon grew tired of this surface and I wanted to try something else. When I was growing up the entrance to the attic happened to be in my room, it was framed and had a piece of wood that would slide in and out in order to gain access to the attic. This piece of wood was turned into my first painting, now don't laugh...!! LOL
The one that started it all...aka my very first painting. Age 14
Sunny Sublime | 2nd painting ever
There were a few paintings here and there after my first initial one, but I mostly focused on pencil drawings for a while after. My next real painting, Sunny Sublime was one that I had painted for someone as a Christmas gift. Working on this painting really ignited my interest in using acrylic paints, and after completing it there were many more to follow as I started focusing on using acrylics more rather than just solely utilizing a pencil. This is about the time I took my first art course as an adult.
I enrolled in an introductory painting class at my local college, and that is where I began to fine tune my painting skills. I learned about quality paints, how to properly wash my paintbrushes, and all those other basic painters' skills. I was introduced to a lot of new knowledge and techniques from that course, including painting my first black and white piece. I of course dabbled in other mediums but focused mainly on acrylics for a looong time until recently.
First B&W piece, from my first college art class
Here are some of my acrylic pieces from the very beginning, onto my more recent pieces. It's fun to see how my art has progressed over the years, and how much I've improved since the beginning!
I think this was my 3rd painting ever...
Another one from the beginning, before I learned about a little thing called perspective + depth. HA.
Starting to progress
Here are some of my more recent works.......
The one on the left is the first one I did for my 'Matisse Inspired Rappers Series'. I was taking an Art History course when I painted it and we had just learned about Matisse, whose work has become a huge influence with my art.
More pieces from my 'Matisse Inspired Rappers Series'
The inspiration for this painting came from a bottle of booze. I painted this piece a little after bit after learning about Picasso's "Blue Period", which was the inspiration for my color use. This is one of my favorite paintings that I've done as I really like the color scheme, and how although I didn't add much detail to this piece it has a really "intense" feel to it.
It's been quite the journey so far, and it's been awesome to get to see my work progress. Can't wait to see where this path takes me!
Live + Love Art!