I just received the art book that I have two drawings in called Strokes of Genius 9, an annual survey of drawings. The two drawings are: The Lovely Jungian Analyst, an orange scribble portrait of my wife Laurel; and Mysterious Italian with Matches, a portrait of a young man drawn on black museum board.
I initially wanted to do a scribble portrait of David Byrne (Talking Heads). After seeing a documentary of the punk guitarist Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers), I re-imagined the piece using portraits of these two important musician/songwriters of the late 70s early 80s New York music scene. Two distinct personalities. Two musical genres (American punk and new wave). I like the color combination as well.
I've just completed four new ink transfer portrait drawings for the series Junior High School. I continue to go through my old junior high school yearbook to find unusual or incomparable-looking classmates to base drawings on.
Go to: www.williamdeanreynolds.com/Series/Junior High
A few highlights of my collection of photobooth photos...
Ripped, marked, messed with--these posters have gone through transformations that create images that, although not necessarily pleasing to the eye, become attention-grabbing visual statements of altered public advertising posters.
Since I've always been fascinated by portraiture of all styles and mediums, I found myself collecting photobooth photographs from the 1940s through the 1960s. I discovered a guy in Berlin who sells interesting photobooth photos online. Below are a few of my favorite photobooth portraits from Germany.
Late last spring I was given an opportunity to do a large painting when a friend of mine in Ann Arbor commissioned me to do another painting in the Southbury Trees series of art works that depict trees along a horizontal expanse. As I planned the painting, I decided to take still photos of the painting as I worked to build up the composition using my iPhone and a time-lapse video app.
As I worked through the summer and into the fall, I continued to document the process of doing the painting. Hand-holding the camera created additional movement as did the repositioning of the equipment and supplies on and adjacent to the easel.
I completed the painting just prior to my deadline. I packed the piece and Laurel and I drove the painting to Michigan and hung the painting on Thanksgiving morning before heading to my sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner with family.