lThis portrait was my own combination of modern trends, traditional patterning, and symbolism. My idea was to make my own spin off of traditional couple portraits. Both of my characters have Locs and fade patterning as my hair choice, I felt this made the two look more connected, like how you would see a king and queen in a throne room. I also put Indebele tribe neck rings on the woman so she truly stood out in front of the man. I also made it so the woman looked like she was comforting him, while it’s like the man is afraid of ever losing her. That’s also why I put in the neck rings, so she looked even more special in the portrait.
My plan is to make a large scale portrait, with my own style, of either a woman, a man, or maybe a couple, I’ve seen a few from some of my favorite artists and they’re amazing and symbolic. Anyways, I want to add more of a traditional African style, mixed with hip-hop and maybe another style. The background will have more of a scattered graffiti style to it. I plan to have the person either natural colors or more vibrant and/or less naturalThis portrait was my own combination of modern trends, traditional patterning, and symbolism.
I used watercolor for everything but the hair patterns, the body paint, and the the outlining of the two. I used white acrylic for the body paint and calligraphy ink for the outlining. I also used stencils for the background, but the watercolors didn’t hold it together giving more of a abstract look that I like. I had a lot of inspiration from pictures of African festivals for the body paint marks and from two of my favorite artists, Justin Copeland and David Choe.
I love over how this came out, I love how my colors turned out and how the cool colors make them seem more together, especially when I put in purple in with my man. I also like how they jump out against the red background. I was hoping to put clothes on them, but I was crunched for time. Although, I like it even better like this. Truly looking forward to my next project.
I'm a Afrofuturistic graffiti king that loves Black culture including the culture we made and the one we were taken from. My art is based on African tradition/religion, modern black trends, traditional graffiti with my own little feel to it, present BS happening in the country/world, and my own feelings and beliefs.