This was an experimentation in combining tribal tattoo styles with letterforms. This is a mixed media piece (pen & photoshop). I didn’t clean up the linework very much, as I like the rough quality of line. In case you’re wondering, it’s another homage to “Hip Hop”.
I’ve been interested in masks for a while. Gasmasks in particular always seemed very ominous to me with it’s alien-like features and the tubular apparatus. This image was inspired by all the talk of global conservation and global warming (formerly known as the “greehouse effect”). Mixed-media artwork: pen/ink illustration with vector art.
Here’s another exploration of abstract human forms, inspired by Picasso and Braque’s Cubist style. This was created with pen/ink, then scanned, and brought into Photoshop. The background is a granite/sidewalk photo texture that was colorized and retouched.
Another apparel line I’m working on is called “Culture Clash”, influenced by social, cultural, and sometimes political symbols. I just started publishing the shirts, so check it out! http://www.zazzle.com/shaireproductions*
I’ve recently discovered the beauty and grace of Anna May Wong, a forgotten starlet in the MGM tradition. She was the first Asian-American woman who stared in feature films in the 1930s+, but like many minorities of her time, she was forced to play stereotypical roles and was restricted from others because of her race and a tradition in old Hollywood known as “yellow face” (where white actors would play Asian characters through makeup and fake accents, as in the movie, “The Good Earth”, or “Charlie Chan”). Anna eventually moved to Europe who favored her with less stereotypical and more narrative roles.
I wanted to pay homage to Anna’s character and spirit of tenacity and determination.