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CREATIVE: The Art Of Patience (Lekien)

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These are the two images I saw on Tumblr that stopped me in my tracks. When I discovered the other works executed by Patience Lekien, I knew I had to find out what made him tick. (His background stories about his pieces alone made me want to know more!) He’s become one of my favorite artists that I’ve (happily) stumbled upon, and hopefully he’ll become one of yours, too!

THE JUNQUI: Can you remember when you first started sketching/drawing? How/when did you figure out it was something you wanted to develop?
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“Interracial Identities”
PATIENCE LEKIEN: I started drawing around 4. I remember I didn’t have many toys growing up, only a few that were dear to me. But it seemed I had an endless supply of paper and so I would just draw what I saw or what came to mind. My parents fueled my creativity by giving me supplies growing up. I didn’t make a conscious decision to develop my drawing skills. They kind of just manifested as I grew up because it was something I loved to do and it helped me escape from reality and create a world of my own, with characters, stories, and so on. I didn’t start taking art seriously until about two and a half years ago.
THE JUNQUI: I got so excited when I saw your “Grown Up Proud Family” work. Please tell me that you are involved in a future project! 
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PATIENCE LEKIEN: Yeah, I plan on creating more Proud Family pieces in the future. I’ve been working on part 2 of the graduation scene as well as other character scnes but it’s all been halted due to my internship and the time it takes. I’ll hopefully be back at it in a month or so. I don’t know where the project will take me, but I’m just glad people have taken a liking to it.
 
TJ: What pieces would you say get the most comments/questions/inquiries from other people?
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PL: Definitely the Proud Family pieces. Mainly because the Proud Family itself is very known and is dear to many people’s hearts. We grew up with it, you know? One of the few black cartoons I had growing up.
(BACKGROUND: After Penny and friends graduated from high school, they celebrated by getting piercings together. Penny, Dijonay, and LaCienega all got stud nose rings. Zoey decided to finally break out of her shell and make a bold statement by getting a septum nose ring. Sticky wasn’t about that life, so he just got his ears pierced. Four years after graduation we catch up with Penny and friends once again.

Zoey graduated from a four year college and received a double major in Psychology and Women Studies. She now travels around the world working for a large nonprofit organization helping underprivileged children and women around the world. She is extremely free spirited and loves what she does.

Penny graduated from a four year college studying Communications with a minor in Race Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude of her class. She is now working towards her Masters in Education at Columbia. She also stopped relaxing her hair and went all natural, embracing her naps.

Sticky decided not to go to college and instead pursued his love of music. He is now a full-time producer and DJ and couldn’t be happier. He finally had his growth spurt and can finally fit into his pants. He now prefers to wear clothes that fit him. He has a newborn son whom he loves more than anything: Sticky Jr.

Dijonay went to a two year college to study nursing only to find out she hated it. She decided to drop out of the program. She took her side job of doing hair and made a career out of it, opening up her own salon. She is well known at what she does and it has brought her much fame. Upon dropping out, she also gave birth to her son, Sticky Jr. Her dream finally came true.

LaCienega attended a four year college for two years as undeclared, just because she had the money and the means. During the beginning of her junior year, she was told she had to choose a major. Indecisive, she decided to drop out and do something worth her time. She went into the modeling business and was extremely successful. She is currently working on dropping her first single.)

TJ: What are YOUR favorite pieces and why?
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PL: My number one favorite piece is probably “One Blood”. It’s just very powerful, both visually and emotionally. It focuses on unity within the black race. Every aspect of it was very personal to me while making it.
(BACKGROUND: This piece stemmed from a moment when I was on twitter and saw “#teamlightskin” and “#teamredbone” and for some reasons thoughts just came into my head and it all lead into this.
In this illustration there is a slave mother, holding her dead child. The child was born half white, half black, but because he had black features and very few white features, the father wanted nothing to do with him. The father often took out his anger on the child, and one day, he went too far. The mother is holding the child tight in her arms praying her son can be brought back to life. The blood symbolizes the unity between the two. They share the same blood.

The meaning behind this is to stop all the bullshit with blacks taking sides with skin color. We’re the same people, having gone, and going through the same struggle and we have to hold each other close and keep each other alive.)

 
TJ: I saw multiple pieces on LEVIATHAN, & I fell in love…I want to read that story! Is that a comic/Manga that you are developing and turning into a physical book?
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PL: Yeah, I’ve been working on the first graphic novel here and there for the past two years. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be out anytime soon. But there will be a website launch that will have a basic overview of the story and the characters. It’s probably the project I’m most excited about because it focuses on many different types of struggles people face and these struggles are told through the many diverse characters in the story.
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…also, LEVIATHAN becomes part of a larger universe (something like Marvel Universe or DC, but less tights and body suits, lol) with many different characters by different artists, and the joint project is called NOIR. But in the meantime, I’ll still be creating art to accompany the story!
 
TJ: What’s the story behind Hop Hop League Of Heroes, because I thought that was too dope!
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(BACKGROUND: From L to R: 2CHAINZ: weapon of choice, his two large gold chains, are used to grab far away opponents or objects. The chains are coated with an aura that can turn into intense fire, burning and disintegrating anything it touches in seconds; NICKI MINAJ: able to take the form of other human beings by shapeshifting, by simply touching them. She is also a master of disguise; J COLE: can freeze anything he touches and he can manipulate ice and lower surrounding temperatures at will; WIZ KHALIFA: Holds the ability to set little things on fire. He can also make his opponents hallucinate by affecting their psychological being.)
PL: That started as a fun piece. At first, I didn’t plan on going far with it, but it’s been liked a lot, so that’s changed. I actually restarted the whole project and restructured it, so I can have more freedom in the designs of the music artists I choose. As for the story behind it, you’ll have to wait and see. I’m releasing the new and improved designs pretty soon… :)
TJ: Do you need to get into a certain element before you start a piece? (Certain kind of music, environment, food, tons of coffee? Lol) 
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PL: Nah. All I need is pencil, paper, and an idea, and I’m good to go. Most of my ideas begin on paper, until I execute it in Photoshop, Illustrator, or what have you. The hardest part is getting the idea, or motivation. Once I have that, the wheels just start turning.
TJ: What do you ultimately want others to feel when they view your work? 
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“Black In America”
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“Mukar Athfu”
PL: It honestly depends on the piece. One of the strongest and most reoccurring themes in my art is empowerment. As a black male, I recognize my oppression based on my race, but I also recognize my privilege based on my gender. These often come into play in my art. I like to focus on themes such as black empowerment, female empowerment, social inequalities, and so on. I guess ultimately, I want people to be able to see that through my work. 
Check out more work from PATIENCE LEKIEN and follow him for new updates:
INSTAGRAM: PLekien
DEVIANT ART: PayLe

CREATIVE: If PRADA Ruled The World (Imagine That)

Ah, the mighty power of The Logo. Whether negative or positive, it can evoke a feeling that compels us to “just shut up and buy”. For most of us, it’s the main reason why we gravitate toward certain foods, restaurants and stores (my mom told me my first word ever was “Macy’s”. Sad, I know.) But what if the labels that you’ve grown to love were replaced with one entity; a Super-Brand, the Mutha of All Logos? That’s the idea Italian film and art director Davide Bedoni played around with, letting Prada be the Grand Puba of them all.

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To see more Prada-oriented logos by Davide Bedoni, and to check out his other works:

Prada Tumblr /Davide Bedoni site


ART: Daigo Fukawa // “Rough Sketch Products”

Talk about bringing your imagination to life!

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At first glance this seems like your typical, quickly-executed illustration, but don’t be fooled; these aren’t your average doodles, people.

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The basic white backdrop coupled with the ingenious maneuvering of colored wires takes your brain on a wild ride of perception. The functional furnishings were conjured up by Japanese student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University for the Arts.

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This definitely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (if you’re too young to know who that is, Google is your friend.)

If you’re looking for a more aggressive style of sketch furniture ideas, then South Korean designer Jinil Park has you covered:

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On the opposite side of the 3D spectrum is Maya Selway, a British jewelry designer and contemporary artist that’s known for her elegant and more minimalist conceptions.

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So the next time you decide to doodle on a sketch pad, just remember… it doesn’t always have to stay there!


CREATIVE: Haunt Couture x Hayden Williams

Illustrator Hayden Williams serves Designer Halloween Realness with his latest installment. I can’t get enough of his works, and he always uses his pencils to bring fashion and sassy confidence to life! (On paper, that is!) I would love to see these beauties as barbies or have them translated into actual live models. They would be some fierce Halloween heroines! May I present to you (from L to R) Rattling Chains, Hocus Pocus, Treasured Possession, and Under Wraps, aka HAUNT COUTURE by Hayden Williams!

I personally love Miss Under Wraps (being drawn to all things Egyptian) and I would love to recreate this look next Halloween. Which character are you drawn to? (see what I did there? LOL)

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ART: The Works of Patrick Eugene

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While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:

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THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?

PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”,  because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out!  (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.

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TJ: What are some of your influences?

PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20’s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so. 

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TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?

PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces. 

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TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?

PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.

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// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\


ART JUNQUI: PHOTO REALISM – KELVIN OKAFOR

I love art in all of its ever growing mediums. From watercolor to graffiti to light shows, there’s no limit to how an artist can showcase their  inventive aesthetic. But sometimes, there is nothing more amazing than making realistic images from the simplest of tools. If  a drawing can be mistaken for an actual photograph, then that is the highest compliment.

Feast your eyes on the unbelievable works of London-based artist Kelvin Okafor: a young, creative mind putting pen to paper…or in these cases, pencil.

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Kelvin Okafor's portrait of Amy Winehouse

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SITE//kelvinokaforart.blogspot.com

TWITTER//KOkaforart

INSTAGRAM//kokaforart


ART JUNQUI: Mike Giant Mural @ Manhattan Bridge Chinatown

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Mike Giant is a long way from his San Francisco home, but his artwork is in Giant’s new installation under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. Honestly I beleieve this artwork’s real home should’ve been right on the walls of my apartment but thats just me.

Anyway, Inking the wall with street and skate-inspired slogans, this particular piece from the renowned street and tattoo artist was commissioned to help promote a graffiti exhibition and Kingbrown Magazine #8 release at the nearby Klughaus Gallery. You can read more on Giant’s contributions to the 8th issue of Kingbrown here.


FASHION X ART JUNQUI: Tiffany Tattooz Limited Edition Etched Sunglass Collection

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It seems like sky’s the limit when it comes to the career of Tiffany Perez, aka “TIFFANY TATTOOZ.” In only four short years of picking up a tattoo machine, she has become a seasoned tattoo artist, graced the pages of Urban Ink Magazine, created a solid celebrity clientele, made television appearances in both commercials and competitions and is now ready to introduce her very own Limited Edition Etched Sunglass Collection in August of 2012.
Her ongoing success soon captured the attention of Co-Owner and President of  “Vaunt LLC,” Damon Wong. “Vaunt LLC” is a company that specializes in polymide graphing. Polymide graphing is a technique that utilizes a high speed needle which enables it to etch on hard surfaces. Computer programming controls the image being produced. This technique can be considered very similar to the way a tattoo machine is used on a person’s skin.
After a formal introduction, they began collaborating and the rest is history. Shortly after, some of Tiffany’s most prominent and attractive designs slowly began coming to life as they were etched on the lenses of her sunglass line.
With an already successful career as a professional tattoo artist and one of a kind technology in her corner, makes this Jersey girl a force to be reckoned with.

ART JUNQUI: SO JEALOUS!: Sam Rodriguez “FUSION MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND” Exhibition @ Cukui Gallery

 

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Before I start talking about this Magnifient Artist, I’d like to say a quick word to all you Cali JUNQUIs…

I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!!!

Okay so the reason why I am jealous is because artist Sam Rodriguez, a champion of multi-cultured art and design, is having his latest exhibition at the Cukui Gallery in San Jose, California. This Art JUNQUI is always challenging his viewers’ perceptions of cultural identity and ethnic perspectives. His exhibition “FUSION MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND” contains a richly painted collection of portraits comprised of land maps, their imposed borders, and other geographical cues. The idea was to engage the viewer in a manner that would raise thoughtful questions over classifications and identities in relation to cultural experience. The exhibition runs through August 10, giving you suckers plenty of time to get down to the Cukui Gallery in San Jose.

Please GO and write me at quiana@thejunqui.om to tell me how is was in person!

Cukui Gallery
229 Jackson Street
San Jose, CA 95112
United States


ART JUNQUI: Caricatures by Dyshawn

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Having delivered various art forms, Dyshawn Lamar, better known as Done by Dyshawn Designs, has been showcased in numerous Art JUNQUI post for his progressive styles in urban art and design. The influential artist offers a look into his personal sketchbook full with abstract characters featuring Rick”Rozay” Ross, Day Day (Mike Epps) from Next Friday and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) from Coming to America.


ART JUNQUI: ANDY AND TERRY

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Two artist that I love…the late Andy Warhol and now Terry Richardson.

 Andy  Warhol was dazzled by celebrity and found much of his inspiration in the photographic image. Warhol shot Polaroids of over thirty of subjects ranging from Debbie Harry to Yves St. Laurent.

Now, Terry Richardson, who looks like the guy that approaches you during a fill-up with a gas can and a story, is actually one of the world’s most successful shutterbugs, having shot dozens of A-list celebrities — even President Barack Obama — for the ritziest publications and fashion houses.

Warhol is known for saying, “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.” As far as we’re concerned, Terry Richardson has that going for him!  



ART JUNQUI: Elsa Hosk by Guy Aroch Photoshoot

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Not for the first time model Elsa Hosk gets in front of the lense of photographer Guy Aroch. In this latest shoot, the photographer once again manages to produce beautiful images in black  and white, as well as in that distinct 70s look. Job well done! Check out the full series of images after the jump.

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