Knowing That I Can with Brian Franklyn

Brian Franklyn “The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit” IG: @jose_patel Queens, NY What is Art to you? Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that […]

Brian Franklyn

“The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit”

IG: @jose_patel

Queens, NY

What is Art to you?

Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that we use to better us on out journeys of life.

How long have you been painting for and what have you learned about yourself thru art?

Kind of hard to pin point exactly when i started. I’ve always taken to art and always tried out different mediums and growing up in Barbados my school was very determined to make us well rounded. I’ve learned everything from painting, from technique to just the way i live my life and approach things in the real world. It’s not about what it teaches you rather what you choose to take from it.

Ahhh good answer [laughs] what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Oil paint. I find it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding. It’s traditional [laughs] kind of badass actually

Who or what inspires you to create?

just knowing that i can makes me want to. Everyday knowing that i’m getting better is more motivation to create. Not sure who even inspires me. . . everyone and everything inspires me.

What is your process? like how do you come up with an idea and manifest it?

It’s so hard coming up with ideas sometimes. Most of the time i have to force myself. Recently i’ve just been asking myself what truly inspires me and use that as a jumping off point, by the time I’ve decided what i want to do [laughs] i’m like five points before the jumping off point.

five points?

You know when you start with one idea, then it turns into another, next thing you know it looks nothing like your first idea.

Where do you see your work in five years?

In a home near you [laughs] Honestly i’m open to wherever my work leads me. It would be nice to be famous and rich off of my work and that is a hope. . but for now it’s a personal journey.

 


Escape with Jessica Garcia

Jessica Garcia Illustrator IG: @file.jpg NYC What is Art to you? its whatever i want it to be at the moment, it’s whatever in going through or feeling and when i need to observe art, its an escape to me and allows me to take a break from everything going on and just indulge myself […]

Jessica Garcia

Illustrator

IG: @file.jpg

NYC

What is Art to you?

its whatever i want it to be at the moment, it’s whatever in going through or feeling and when i need to observe art, its an escape to me and allows me to take a break from everything going on and just indulge myself or get lost in whatever’s in front of me to distract myself from whatever else is going on. Art helps me deal with my emotions.

When creating what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

This ones hard [laughs] i experiment a lot. My go to has always been marker just because they’re easier to carry around, second to that depending on where i’m going to draw would be water be watercolor pencils.

How about embroidery? While looking at your work i noticed that you created an embroidered piece, how did that come about?

That was one of my experiments, embroidery pages on Instagram kept popping up in my explorer page and i wanted to try it, it’s one of my top mediums because its therapeutic to me, i just have to have the time to work with it.

Yeah its really dope, i can only imagine that something like that takes a lot of time. Can you walk us through your creative process?

I have a little folder for reference pictures that i find, that i think are cool and i have to be in a shitty mood cause thats the only way i’ll get something done. I’ll pick one and sketch it out and it’ll spark an idea and i’ll add components to it to make it mine. I’ll sketch it out and project the drawing onto several pages to test out different color palettes, and then i plan out which medium will help me execute it the best, and then i get the final.

How shitty of a mood?

I get the most work done when someone gets me upset/angry, cause i only work when it serves as a distraction. If the work is meant to be the main focus, i look for things to distract me and i don’t get anything done.

Who and or what influences you?

I get a lot of my influence from photography, a lot of the colors and symmetry. A lot from scrolling on Instagram and Tumblr, and my boyfriends art, he’s always helping me push my ideas.

Alright so one final question. What would you name your art style?

I really can’t come up with a name for it, i don’t think my style is solid enough to be a style [laughs] The only consistent thing in my work is probably the color vibrancy but that’s about it.


“Socially engaged design” with Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson Illustrator “fly high, don’t forget your landing” IG: @asiaticyouth cargocollective.com/mitchellreece NYC   What is Art to you? Art is the visual of past, present, and future. It’s really how i connect those. Culturally, spiritually, and emotionally. i would say like a storyboard in different forms and mediums. What is your favorite drawing medium […]

Mitchell Johnson

Illustrator

“fly high, don’t forget your landing”

IG: @asiaticyouth

cargocollective.com/mitchellreece

NYC

 

What is Art to you?

Art is the visual of past, present, and future. It’s really how i connect those. Culturally, spiritually, and emotionally. i would say like a storyboard in different forms and mediums.

What is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Lately, i’ve been using ink on canvas and collage pieces. Some found materials others purchased and cut to shapes.

May you walk us through your process of creating a piece.

Reading has helped a lot lately. Opens up my mind for new possibilities and responsibilities too. Usually find some good music. Finding past photos, personal and non personal, mostly praying too.

What would you name your art style?

Socially engaged design.

 

Who or What influences you?

God, family, love, friends, Richard Wright, Jean-Michel Basquiat, W.E.B Du Bois, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, H.R Giger, David Hammonds, Laura Owens, Hajime Soroyama, good 60s, 80s, and 90s Hip Hop, House, Reggae bands, good horror movies, Black Panther era, ideologies, structure and culture


Pushing Boundaries with Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams Artist IG: @ryantheartist ryantheartist.net Houston TX/NYC What is Art to you? I think that Art is anything that can change our perception or mood. Art is in everything. Even when i walk down the sidewalk in Harlem and notice the way the cracks in the concrete interact with one another, i consider that […]

Ryan Williams

Artist

IG: @ryantheartist

ryantheartist.net

Houston TX/NYC

What is Art to you?

I think that Art is anything that can change our perception or mood. Art is in everything. Even when i walk down the sidewalk in Harlem and notice the way the cracks in the concrete interact with one another, i consider that Art, because i take something from it. Hope that make sense [laughs]

Total sense [laughs], when creating what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Acrylic for now. I love how fast it dries. I want to try oils but i paint in my room right now so i have to wait until i get a studio space.

How did you get into painting? like what sparked that interest in you?

Both of my parents have always been into arts and crafts. Mainly pencil drawing. Ever since i was a kid i’d draw horses, sometimes people. My freshman year in college i had a few tubes of paint left over from a graphic design class and decide to experiment with them. I ended up recreating the cover of the movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and it came our pretty good. I was really encouraged by that. From there i bought more paint and kept practicing.

What would you name your art style?

Its’s really hard for me to describe my style, ill say It’s in progress [laughs] There are some aspects of realism but it’s still not quite there and i don’t want it to be there. I’m in a place in my journey as an artist where i’m trying to push myself outside of the boundaries that i’ve been taught s far as style.

May you elaborate on those boundaries?

I’ve always been taught to make something look as realistic as possible. That the meaning of something must be clear. As i grow and meet other artist in learning that, that is completely unnecessary and i’m trying to push my style to not be as literal as it has been.

Who and or what influences you?

My family, my people work with their hands. My dad has a small barn and he build everything from the horse stable to the rabbit coup. My grandmother sews and crotches, sometimes makes wooden dolls, my mom does the same. So growing up i was surrounded by creativity. They inspire a lot of my work.

What is your creative process?

It depends on hat i’m working on. i usually write notes about my ideas, sometimes i sketch them out first. I look at a lot of old photographs of my family members.

Thats dope, so where do you see your Art in 5 years?

Not in my apartments [laughs] i hope to get into some gallery shows, sell more work, i just hope to be a more evolved artist and i’m excited about whatever comes with that.

 

 


Harlem Street Vendor Celebrates Prince

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Published by The New York Amsterdam News By Chereese Sheen Caran Menardy, is known throughout Harlem for her colorful hair and appearance, on April 21 she is sporting a purple blazer, a white, ruffled blouse, and a purple afro wig. Menardy, a street vendor, last year celebrated the life and legacy of Prince after his … Continue reading Harlem Street Vendor Celebrates Prince