peaceisofus asked: Your work is beautiful. Continue creating. #amazing
Thank you!!! I really appreciate the encouragement and support.
Wanted to do a new Donald Glover portrait to celebrate the release of Because the Internet. I had done a few album inspired pieces two summer ago but they were a bit childish. Pun intended and painfully true considering how much I’ve grown as an artist.
I started drawing this before the album actually came out so the concept may not capture the full essence of the album but all in all it was still a very fun piece to make for an amazing album. Can’t stop listening to it.So many layers. Definitely purchase it!
I’m not sure if anybody read my artist spotlight interview with MissionKey Communications LLC that I posted this past Wednesday on my facebook page but if you haven’t you should go check it out. It will give you some insight into my artwork, my influences and what inspires some of my paintings.
My secondary reason for bringing up the interview is because one of the things I discussed was the lack of people of color and women in my portfolio, as well as representation of my Nigerian heritage. This was brought to my attention after being asked, what the phrase, “elevate your you cultural voice” meant to me.
After the interview I decided that my next project would be something in rectify this discrepancy in my work. I was surfing Tumblr when I came across Kia Angelique’s Tumblr, more popularly known as “Yarrahs-Life”. She was the perfect fit for the project. For those of you who don’t follow her you should. She’s a well known blogger and aspiring model who is highly outspoken about social issues concerning the black, African diaspora, feminism and a host of other important issues that affect people of color.
Her opinions, strong values and unique features worked in tandem with what I hoped to express going into this project.
For the project I still wanted to challenge myself concerning the use of color. I intensely watched a few of Sam Spratt’s speed painting videos to see how he applied colors. What I learned was insightful. Spratt literally paints and builds up colors in a way similar to using acrylics and oils. It goes a long way when the colors are layered like that.
I also familiarized myself with some of the blending modes and using them made a huge difference. I played around a bit more with the color because Kia isn’t exactly that hue of brown. I experimented with the hue a bit and decided a mix of bronze and brown would more visually arresting.
I’m really looking forward to branching out more with my use of colors and brushes.
Satellite Skin by Brian Lasan
A special thanks to Kia for letting me use her image for the project
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Iron Man (W.I.P) by Brian Lasan
Some more old work.
I drew this iron man piece a while before I graduated in May. It was my final project for Advanced Illustration. I didn’t complete it, I’ll return to it one of these days though.
Sorry for the lack of post. Been busy with a few projects and life stuff. Ugh.
In the meantime enjoy this sneak peek of a Kendrick Lamar portrait I’m doing. It was inspired by his verse on the song, “Control”.
This picture from the early stages of the illustration but it’s so good I don’t wanna ruin the full surprise.
I posted this to Facebook but I feel like it should be posted here too:
Just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter my sweepstakes on Lasan Brian. Honestly, not as many people as I would have liked participated in the sweepstakes. In fact, so few people entered that I can (and actually will be) personally thanking each person that did take the time to be apart of it. I appreciate the smallest forms of support. Every like, share, comment was a blessing I don’t take for granted. I look forward to doing another give away in the near future!
mahoganyblew asked: you are dope af
Woooooow! That’s seriously one of the best comments I’ve ever gotten. Thank you for the kind words and the follow. Your dope too! Loving the fro.