This elephants picture is one I did as a gift for my wife in August of 2020. It is a 24 x18in. watercolor with colored pencil added for detail and block crayon added for texture.
In the past, I'd always done color drawings with colored pencil, but I'd always found it difficult to color in larger areas. I had never done watercolor before, so I watched a few Youtube videos, and found that this was a perfect way to fill in the background colors. The colored pencil brought in detail and additional coloring, and then dragging block crayon over the elephants ended up being perfect way to emulate the rough texture of the skin.
Before music art was my first passion. I was raised in an artistic household - both of my parents were artists. They met while studying art at Pratt Institute in New York City. My Dad went on to be one of the top art directors in the New York advertising scene, and my Mom was a fantastic cartoonist and painter.
Growing up, being creative was a natural part of the environment. I particularly liked to draw, and would spend long hours drawing dinosaurs, birds, etc. Then, when I discovered music, I put the pencils down and put all my creative energy into making music.
During the lockdown of 2020, in addition to working on music, I had plenty of time to get back into doing some art. This page is an opportunity for me to share some of that with you. My hope is that viewing this page might spark something in you – perhaps to re-discover an old passion that has lied dormant.
Some background: My parents
As I mentioned above, my Mom was a great artist. Below are two examples of her work. The first (left) is an oil painting of a live model that she did while at Pratt (her maiden name was Schuler). The second (below) is an example that showcases her skills in the art of caricature.
My Dad started out doing print ads, two of which you can see below. The first is an award-winning ad he did for the Jaguar XKE, and the second is a full-page ad in LIFE magazine that he did for Texaco. Of all the kids that he tried out, I was the one that ended up in the final ad . . .
Later on in my Dad's career, he went into producing television ads, and directed TV commercials for many products, many of which used endorsements by celebrities, (including tennis great Chris Evert, astronaut Wally Schirra, comedian Jonathan Winters, and fashion icon Oscar de la Renta.