Three weeks ago I began a new phase in my life, I am quickly moved from living each day mostly left to myself to high paced cooperation and collaboration with people, building relationships and adding value to each other's lives in new and exciting ways! Yes in a way this has been happening already, but in much less grounded ways, more in the digital sphere. I have a clear idea of the kinds of things I am creating and the overall vibe I am sending out to the universe. I will say now, only that the vibe is a lot about adding value to and massive win/win collaborations. My dreams coming true is not complicated, I don't want a whole lot, just the ability to move about as I please and have the tools I need to co-create (Art & Music etc.) with high spirited individuals and teams who love making a positive difference in the world, which sometimes, is just as simple as making a positive difference in the life of one individual. Currently I am helping a great company move from one location to another and it's a great experience. I am getting really fit from all of the heavy lifting and all of the movement and skills the job requires is making me think and respond in faster, more intelligent ways. I am learning every day. One of the first changes I experienced was in meeting John who helped me out with some frames for my art work. He is a great guy and a big cheer leader for my work. I've told him I'll do his portrait and my supervisor also wants one. Now it's all a matter of finding the best time for things. You'll see here one of the frames he gave me.
I also met the owner of the company who is also a very creative thinker and I got the feeling right when I met him that there was some kind of future with him. Maybe I just experienced it, maybe it'll develop further, I hope it does. My tech has been challenging me big time, but when I get that all set up it will be a cinch to build 3D models and animations and get back into what I truly love, where my true expertise is, CREATIVITY. For now, working in a warehouse, is nice, and I'll enjoy doing it for as long as I have the privilege to. However, if I could get into my specialty with these guys, I think it will be one of the biggest steps and most awesome collaborations of my career. They make awesome little water filtration systems and I think for their final version I could come up with a cool design, finalize, model and maybe even animate it for a commercial. My best 3d work is below. I wish I'd done more like it, but it is one of a kind creation.
Payments can be made via paypal, either as donations or I can send you an invoice. Bare with me as I am learning to make this an easier process for everyone. If you order a print from me through zazzle and don't particularly like the result please let me know so I can make necessary corrections.
I just recently posted this beauty on Etsy for sale. This is an original prisma-color pencil drawing on 9 x 12 Bistol board paper. It will be included in my lion calendar which is planned to come out for either 2018 or 2019. This is one of a kind and I don't like to repeat myself so this might end up being a collectable. GO HERE
I am working on a new project which will be coming out shortly and decided it was time to animate my logo professionally. I had no idea how to use After Effects and I am only using a trial version, but I figured this out today and will be using for intros.
Finally the day has arrived when I allow myself to take my portraits to the next level! Up until now I have kind of held back, focusing mostly on speed and likeness but now I am going to move into realism again. Yes my portraits have looked realistic already but always it has been with a degree of holding back on just how photo realistic I allowed it to get, and always stopping short of the level of detail I was capable of. I'm not saying I'll never do this again, I am just saying that you will see much more fullness in my portrait which means wrinkles, individual hairs, and skin pores, as well as taking that extra bit of time to make sure I am happy with the tones. This most recent on of Logan I took it nearly as far as I'd like but I have other things to tend to so this is just the beginning. Also I've decided to begin doing more pop culture images that people love so much, thus... Logan. Always I will do it to my own liking. You can find this in the portrait gallery.
If you'd like a portrait done I am open for commissions! Portraits start at $50 a head at this time for black and white and $150 for color. We may be able to work out special deals. I usually work on either 9 x 12 or a 8.5 x 11 but get what I need for what I'm creating. Larger creations will obviously be priced accordingly. I am also available to do voice overs, singing, musical composition and more, just ask! See my bio of a list of unique skills I have. The best way to get in touch with me is to message me through my FaceBook Page but I also check my emails at JamesLoveWhitley@gmail.com.
This past weekend I attended an event here in Charlotte called 'SHiFT Charlotte' which is sort of like a hippie fest along with some speakers and a drum circle. It was lots of fun and I was as engaging as possible through it since I wanted to soak up all the goodness I could. I did get a cold but I am not regretful. lol
I'd prepared some portraits as gifts for the speakers, not ever having seen any of them before I think made the portrait making more difficult, or maybe I want just having a creativity spasm. In any case I JUST finished that last portrait in time, minutes before I had to leave for the event and that felt like a miracle. Each of the speakers seemed pleased with the gift and I got some photo's with a couple of them, seen below.
I also got the opportunity to flex my filming skills and take footage of a friend Benjamin F Bleacher iii who was there handing out gratitude rocks. This was a big step for him and I wanted to make sure it was fully documented and shared with the world. The video came out great and you can find it below along with some photos from the experience.
I've also updated the portrait gallery so you can see the portraits that were done! :) Enjoy! Also I could use a hand so donations are accepted by following this paypal link paypal.me/jameslovewhitley or you can send it over through facebook. I give out a lot for free and appreciate a little assistance. big love.
I have been studying art with more focus recently and I love it. I recognize the value of having goals to shoot for that makes the focus much more purposeful. Right now my focus is developing skill on the human form, specifically the female form. So I have been practicing nudes which I have some of the studies to the sketches gallery. I then wanted to also include studying fabrics and I guess the led to me doing the portrait of the girl seen here. So I know this is all contributing to a vision I have. As I study specific things that gives me a knowledge of them which means I can draw them more automatically without as much need to study when I go to make a work of art, it is all logged in my experience so I can draw much more from memory, which is the idea. So the process has been draw from reference for a while and then test my knowledge periodically to see how well I can draw those things I have been studying without any reference. This allows me to test my progress. Besides women and cloths I am practicing in prismacolor pencils as it has become one of my favorite mediums to work in. I just love the colors and the ability to blend. I know I will eventually be getting more into oil paints but for now this is my medium of choice for color illustrations. You can watch the making of this artwork on my facebook page, here's the link to the video Making of Afgan Girl.
So after getting back and unpacking from the event in Scottsdale I found out that something almost impossible had happened! We went on a road trip to a place called "The Chapel of the Holy Cross" and in there is a shop which I happened to walk down some dark stairs to. In the shop were hundreds of items and after browsing through it all I picked out two items. When I shared what I bought with friends on facebook I come to find out that one of my friends who was also in AZ for the same event independently went on her own road trip to that same site and went into the same shop and pick out the same two items! What are the chances!? This chapel isn't even in Scottsdale it's over an hour out of the way and of all the sites we picked the same one, went into the same store and picked out the same two items. Both of us were blown away with disbelief. We even got the items for THE SAME REASONS! Just try to imagine the odds on that. Here are some photo's for evidence.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?
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