Monday, January 11, 2016

SELF PORTRAIT!!! Jean Michel Basquiat INSPIRED


YES ... you read it right... a self portrait - eheheheheh!!!

Are you smiling and curious my creative friends???!!!!  

I am still enjoying - very much - the Creative Jump Start workshop with at Nathalie Kalbach Studios.  This week the artist we are studying is Jean Michel Basquiat - Urban Artist. 

Here is the CJS Pinterest page if you would like to see his works. 

The teacher for this workshop tutorial is:
Entitled: Heart vs Head

Here is my self-portrait. 

Yes - I know... I look a bit like I'm on drugs!!! Heheh - hey... I was brave to even try it - don't you think??  

Here is the real picture. 

First, let me tell you I did not draw it by hand... I traced it from my picture... whew... that was a relief.  It was still a challenge for sure. 

Looked a bit better with the black added!!! 

I liked it as it was below but it wasn't very Basquiat inspired!

So on I went - following the wonderful tutorial towards urbanism!

In case you can't read it... the sentiment says:

If you straddle the fence, you never have your feet on the ground
stand on top and crow.... loudly! 

I actually painted the sentiment on a sign for the ranch several years ago and it is hanging on one of our paths. 

I wrote on the back of the canvas to remember why my self-portrait looks so wild.   URBAN ART... me? Crazy stuff!!

Way out of my comfort zone at the onset of 2016!
Guess I'm working to BURGEON!!!
Hugs. j. 



Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Joi, lovely to see your real and painted face, love them both! The addition of the text from the fence sign is a great idea. Hugs, Valerie

SewPaperPaint said...

I find your studies very interesting and hope you are learning so much from these masters as you go. This one is exceptional! <3

Pamellia said...

Fabulous post Joi!! Love your self portrait, so much fun. That sign is amazing, must be a great feeling to walk along and see your work hanging out in public...too cool!! Hope you hop on over to Anything But Cute today, something special in the winner's post for you from the team. hugs :)

Candy C said...

Joi...I think your self portrait is awesome. I am not at all familiar with this artist so I'll have to check your link out. But I think you are a brave girl for tackling attempting to draw faces, etc. They is my biggest challenge and one that I am going to work on this year. I think you did a great job and I can see the resemblance. Now, if I had attempted this right now....well, we just won't go there. It would NOT be pretty! haha I also wanted to thank you so much for the really kind comments you left on my blog regarding my little snowman coaster for DecoArt. He was fun to do. Have a blessed week, my friend.

sarascloset said...

Joi, YOU DID IT!!!! A self portrait, and I have to say a wonderful rendition! You're one classy looking chick, in person and in Urban Art! Well done on this fabulous piece of artwork! Can you hear the applause??? Hugs!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Joi, I applaud you for not being one to straddle the fence, you are stepping right up and showing how incredibly versatile your art is.
I am in awe of your self-portrait and it has been fascinating to view the stages of progression. The colours are amazing and also how you so perfectly captured your own likeness.
Bravo to you!
Apologies for not visiting before now and heartfelt thanks for the lovely comments you leave for me.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, wow, wow, super clever (yes and brave) but you managed so well, I am full of admiration!!! This is really stunning!

Jackie PN said...

Great job Joi!! I really dig the look of the final piece- very contemporary and real! You are so versatile in your talents- just wonderful!! xo

Gloria j Zucaro said...

I love it! Very good likeness, you urban cowboy/girl!

MichiganDenise said...

Love it! I had to do glasses, too - thought it would be trickier than it was! Definitely out of my comfort zone as well.

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic self portrait Joi! You did an amazing job! Wow! What a work of art!

butterfly said...

Well, you may have stepped out of your comfort zone - but in to a new comfort zone, I think! An amazing self-portrait - great to see how you created the structure through the tracing the the addition of the black, and then those wild fantastic colours... a real creative jump start to the year!
Alison xx

Nathalie Kalbach said...

this is so cool ! I love this!!!! wonderful take on the inspiration!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

That is simply fabulous & boy! Love the sort of mix of reality with a bit of pop art. You are totally CLEVER. Super impressed here:):)

Juliz Design Post said...

What a fantastic post and super likeness to your photograph.
Julie x

yyam said...

I think you did a spectacular job with your self-portrait! Love the funky colours and doodles. Getting out of your comfort zone to try something different feels awesome, right? :)

Pawsitively Creative said...

Well I'll be! This is stupendious! I have my hat and boots off to you for this challenging design Joi! You sure have embraced the challenge and come out ahead of the crowd. Awesome sauce self portrait and the colors are fantastic! I bet you feel like a champ with the completion of this masterpiece because you should! Love your quote and the sign post is so perfect! Marvelous dearie! Hugz. ~Niki

Karen McAlpine said...

Gorgeous artwork!!

sarascloset said...

Joi, back to just say Hi! You have been so encouraging to me, and I appreciate all your comments. I know you are having trouble with your reply button. If you would like to "talk"...capon at Bell south dot net :) Hugs!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Man are you talented! Your selfie is fantastic!!! LOVE it!

Brenda Brown said...

Absolutely brilliant - you did such a great job with this self portrait it really looks like you. Love it.
hugs Brenda xxx