His name is James Patterson. He's a self taught artist. He loves cartoons. He's very eclectic in his creative work, and he's a Baptist, what more can one ask.
He works in various mediums, beginning with a wide range of painting styles. He it seems does anything and everything. Paintings for covers, for knitting designs, for illustrating stories, for illustrating Bible stories and more.
He is also a writer, both serious and comedy. He writes crime detective books and also fun books for and about kids. These are just filled with cartoons illustrating his stories.
Check out the slide show above and you will see the variety of things he's into.
Not only that, he's showing in galleries and it seems his work is quit popular around the world.
Meanwhile, I've just posted the next story of my artist Mike, which includes an introduction of a new charecter, his sister Geraldine. I loved getting her figured out and doing a portrait of her. Her being a fan of Pippy Longstockings is so fun and I loved doing a picture of her imitating Pippy.
I now need to do the same thing with Mike. I need to clarify what kind of art he likes, who he might follow and what he's drawn to as an artist. When I do that and figure him out a little more, I will do a drawing of him that then could become something of a recognizable logo for these stories.
I was very pleased with how Geraldine's drawing turned out. I've made a few adjustments since the reproductions for the blogs were not looking like they should. I've changed paper and I have now used only charcoal as that reproduces much better. Thirdly, I've now also introduced pen and ink for the first time in these drawings. I was now sure how those two would work out together, but I like it. I like the whimsical result and the clarity of detail I can get with that. I am used to working with pen and ink so it feels comfortable, plus, it scans well for reproduction purposes in the blogs.
I'm now excited to work on Mike's personality, decide on his art style and do a portrait of him that reflects who he is in the stories. I think I might have found my artistic "voice" when it comes to illustrating these stories.
Last night we had friends over. We did a BBQ in the gazebo in our backyard. Later, a rain shower came along, but we were snug in the shelter of the gazebo. What an evening, good friends, great conversation, great food, topping it off with the sound of rain pattering on the roof. Cannot get any better than that.
Wishing you all a great weekend.
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