Jack Cusumano


Stu
January 15, 2012, 10:19 pm
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Stu

Here’s a birthday portrait of Stuart Livingston

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Yearbook Kid
January 15, 2012, 10:16 pm
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Yearbook Kid

Here’s a random guy I drew and painted from Google image search



Kanye West: Power Portrait

Playing around with portraits/caricatures this week, trying to get a little weirder and more playful with them. Here’s one of Kanye West, one of my favorite musicians and personalities around. Listened to a bunch of his G.O.O.D. Fridays jams, plus the “Power” and “Runaway” singles whilst drawing this.

Oh, and here’s a peek into my process:

Oh, and download all of Kanye’s free G.O.O.D. Fridays songs here: http://kanyewest.com/

-Jack



Nico, Kali & JiJi: Family Portrait!

Hey all! I have been quiet for a while, mostly because a lot of the new work I’m doing is not really stuff I can talk about or share (yet).

I got bored yesterday, though, and drew this picture of buds Nico, Kali & JiJi! Colored it in today, and here it is! Enjoy! Now back to work.

-Jack



Artist Spotlight: Kehinde Wiley

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So this isn’t exactly breaking news – Kehinde Wiley has been making a big splash in the art world for years now – but he’s still my favorite contemporary painter, and still going strong. As an art major, I appreciate both the classical technique and historical iconography that goes into these paintings, as well as the way he pulls them into the post-(post?)-modern present by focusing on young, black urban subjects. It’s not just a flat, mechanical exercise in traditionalist technique, either – he has a tremendous command of color, incorporating gorgeous, vibrant color schemes from contemporary culture. If you have a chance to see these works in person (which I have not), you will also remark at their imposing size (some are as wide as 300 inches across). All of these elements combine to transform what could have easily been a shallow, one-dimensional gimmick into a remarkably relevant and utterly elegant statement.

Visit Kehinde’s Website