You're likely familiar with museums or certain art periods that you may draw inspiration from, but what about street artists? I'm not talking about curated galleries that you browse in passing on the city streets.
I am referring to some of the people who you might see everyday in route to grabbing your favourite coffee; some of whom are multi-talented artists who not only share their passion on the walls of the city, but may also have full-time jobs as anything other than artistic titles.
My appreciation of art and street-style artists comes with a great deal of respect. Depending on where you are, there are stations or lots where you might find such talents. I often pass artists on my way to the next destination with a mere thought of whether the art had the ability to move me in seconds or not. Then, I go back to my focus. Yet, typically I can tell if I like an artist's works within the first few moments.
However, as most things with time there's also an understanding granted along with each prolonged stare. Occasionally an emotional connection might also be obtained when conversing with an artist about their pieces. Evoking passion from their experiences or memories of your own.
I wanted to share some images that I recently took from a London-based artist who drew my caricature; also a couple of people whose talent I love in general, including a Bay area friend, and one of my favourite artists.
I don't usually like getting my caricature/portraits done, but I love watching them in action! This particular artist was charging a ridiculous price for most all of his quick sketches. After browsing ten or so renderings, sketches, and paintings I commended him on his talents, becasue I liked his work and used to do caricatures myself.
Admittedly, I was also in somewhat of a rush, but he convinced me that it would "only take a few minutes," and out of the goodness of this artist's heart I could in turn keep the art as a gift. Well, I couldn't argue with that!
I glanced around viewing 4 other folks (all having anxious or serious expressions), getting their live portraits done. With 5 minutes to spare it seemed very reasonable. This was an interesting day anyway, so I sat down. The end result was fine to me and the artist kept his end of the bargain allowing me to keep my rather cool-comical artwork. In exchange, I left a token of my appreciation and most importantly was still able to make my previous engagement.
Have you ever had your caricature done?
(Above) Mural unveiling party!
(Source) Noe Valley (West) Click for larger image!
A San Francisco Bay area friend of mine, Mona Caron is an amazing Illustrator and muralist that I was fortunate to initially meet through mutual friends. If you've never heard of her check out her infamous works. She's a beautiful soul. Back in 2008, this mural (above) was done in my old neighbourhood, it was a fun event with live music, bringing together diverse people and pure sense of community.
(Source) "Harlem Rose"
I believe that I first heard of urban artist, Justin Bua from my brother when I was a little girl. His love for Bua's works (above) rubbed off on me, and I've been quite a fan ever since. Bua's zeal for art is definitely evident; you can often instantly feel the rhythm of what he's trying to convey in each piece.
For the love of art, check them out! Do you have any favourite street artists or muralists?