Kevy Metal Artwork
The artist side has been developed throughout various concentrated era's during my life starting as a four year old with crayon and paper. By grade school I was fascinated with pirates and the sailing vessels they used on the open seas. I would spend great energy in recreating on paper the ships and by comparison, a marginal effort on the pirates. Adding some wildlife and science fiction concepts to my thematic lineup gradually lead me into my early teens.
During my teen years, I began to increase my awareness of bringing more reality to the paper and canvas by indulging in and learning the techniques of other artists such as Boris Vallejo for whom I admired their styles of realism portrayed within their works. It was during that era of my artistic endeavors in which my own style began to be formulated.
As my interest in music grew, I developed an exercise of realistic recreation of sorts, through drawing band logos from albums I enjoyed. To this repetitious indulgence, I added practicing with various parts of the human form which lead me to realize portrait works were my favorite. However, an interest in bodybuilding reinvigorated my desire to improve my skills with the general human form.
The era during my active duty time with the military saw my additional interest with adding color with color pastels. Prior color efforts were only the occasional acrylic or oil painting which I found to be tedious media, whereas the pencil was more easily adaptable to a number of working environments and more portable. The addition of color pastels required me to learn techniques for creating shades and texture in ways I had not concentrated on prior with black & white works.
The more recent era of my artistic development has seen the addition of digital media. While working for an automotive graphics company for a decade, I was introduced to the possibilities offered by the merging of my traditional artwork style into the digital realm. It was and is paramount for my own artistic style to be present no matter the media in which I choose to create a piece of art. That style is effortlessly inherent when I work with pencil and pastels. Within the digital format I still have to be very conscientious to insure my signature style is evident as it is easy to lose one's self with so many options so readily available.
So, I have realized that an artist's education and growth is never truly complete if one does not become complacent.