Monday, February 02, 2009

WHEN I GROW UP.........12" x 12", Graphite on heavy watercolour paper, 2009

This is my entry into Week 21-22 in Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from different folks.
The reference for this challenge was a lovely Victorian house, it just reminded me of my dreams and aspirations while younger- I wanted to be an Architect but some how the Good Lord changed my plans and now I am an Artist!




I have used only graphite, my best medium, to work on this piece, the model is my son Josh and he kind of represents me and my ambitions of yesteryear's. His face is rather serious because I was very serious about my ambitions then that I got A1 (highest grade) in Technical Drawing in my High School days.....But alas it's sketch....., paint......, draw.... now!

I have also decided to use so many angles and cubic shape/shades to depict the influence of architecture on my drawing.

51 comments:

artbyakiko said...

Absolutely stunning!! Adebanji, your creativity gets better and better. Combined with your skills, your creation is just AWESOME.

adebanji said...

Thanks Akiko!

Anne Marie Propst said...

When I pulled up Karin's blog to see the latest DSDF, I was amazed at your interpretation. Wow! It is just so creative and so beautiful. Your talent is so apparent.

adebanji said...

Thanks Anne! Your comments are highly apprecaited!

Michelle Burnett said...

Adebanji, what an incredible interpretation! A great piece of work!

adebanji said...

Thanks Michelle!

Carolee Clark said...

Adebanji, this is really wonderful ... you are showing a little piece of yourself and you've done it brillantly.

adebanji said...

Thanks Caroleen, I felt the same way- this young chap reminds me so much about myself it almost makes me cry..........

adebanji said...

Carolee, sorry for mis-spelling your name....

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Wow, wow, wow! I know this isn't a contest, but if it were...you win!
I really love this sensitively done piece. Bravo!!

adebanji said...

Thanks Dana, it's really encouraging to hear all this stuff cos sometimes being lonely in the studio can be daunting!

Kari Tirrell said...

Fabulous, Adebanji!

adebanji said...

Thanks Kari!

Marian Fortunati said...

I always love to see your work, but I have to tell you that you have made this challenge really ALIVE!!
Beautiful interpretation... intimate and expressive!

Sheila said...

Holey Cow Banji! [I had to use another expletive because I lost count of all the "wow"s here]

You continue to amaze and inspire me and other artists. Now THAT says something about your talent.

Edward Burton said...

Excellent, Adebanji, OUTSTANDING job!! WOW!

Carolina said...

Beautiful painting! It surprised me to see all that additional creativity beyond this week's photo, congratulations!

Carolina said...

Beautiful painting! I got surprised (in the good way) when I saw your extra mile in creativity for this week's challenge. Congratulations, and nice surprise :)

Mark Bridges said...

Good story and symbolism. Did you enjoy the snow?

Marilyn M. King said...

Adebanji, what skill you have to re-create this little house from another angle and have it rendered in perfect and believable perspective. It is obvious from your blog that you are a brilliant artist, but this piece is exceptional in so many ways!!!!

Angela Elledge said...

This is beautifully executed, both in thought and in your original drawing. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see and read your interpretation of the DSFDF photo. Well done!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

There is a magic to this beautiful drawing. So creative with a strong sense of feelings and wonder. You have taken the challenge to the next level.

Helen Parkhill said...

You took Karin's image and RAN with it. Outstanding!

Carol Horzempa said...

I always look forward to seeing your submission to DSFDF. Your talent and creativity is amazing! I especially like this one.

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Wow! simply beautiful,so tender and so inspiring. I love your vision and intrepretations. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vision with us all. JnJ.

Isabel said...

beautifully rendered your skill is amazing a pleasure for the eyes

artbyakiko said...

Hi Adebanji! You are given an Art Blog Award. Come get it.:)

Jeanette said...

You've done a beautiful job on this. The link to you and your son and your interest in architecture shines through.

The creativity is marvelous. Well done.

adebanji said...

Thanks Marian F, Sheila, Edward B, Carolina, Marilyn K, Angela E, Dewberry, Carol H, Isabel and Jeanette!

Mark B, Thanks I did enjoy the snow and I did an Alla Prima of a street near my house today, will post soon.

Cheers Victoria!

Helen, I like the sound of that RAN with it!!

Thanks Akiko, I'm on my way to get it!

Dean H. said...

You have it all together, Adebanji!! Beautiful in every way!

adebanji said...

Thanks Dean!

The Gypsy said...

This is beautiful. I bet you would have made an amazing architect, too, with your creativity, sensitivity and attention to deal.

adebanji said...

Thanks The Gypsy! You never know, you never never know!

Karin Jurick said...

Outstanding Adebanji.

adebanji said...

Thanks A MILLION Karin! It's all down to your hard work/excellence in putting ALL this together!

I have said this before and I'll say it again, "I'LL NEVER SEE A PICTURE THE SAME WAY AGAIN, BECAUSE OF YOUR INFLUENCE in the DSFDF!"

Diane Morgan said...

I think this may be the best Different Strokes intrepretation I've seen. You've outdone us all! Add another WOW to the list. Awesome, amazing, incredible, fabulous, fantastic!

James Parker said...

Adebanji, I had to take a number and stand in line for a comment...it was worth the wait. Your talent and vision is only exceeded by the depths of your heart. This piece is priceless beyond measure and my admiration only gives way to awe.

adebanji said...

Thanks James, what warm encouraging thoughts!

You are ever so funny!!!

Gwen Bell said...

What a beautiful drawing! I also love the Artist Portrait you did on DFDF. You have such a great imagination. I just checked out your website and you have a new fan. Your son is adorable. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your outstanding artwork.
By the way...is it ok if I add your website to my blog?

adebanji said...

Well, Thnaks Gwen! I really appreciate this- you are free to link in , we are here for each other!

Priti said...

Excellent work, great imagination.

Annie Salness said...

I'm so glad that I visited your site to hear the story behind your work. It brings more meaning to the piece. Very nice!

adebanji said...

Thanks Priti and Annie!

FĂșria said...

Man I just love your work.
I use to live in Brixton and I can see the life in London in your sketches. Good memories.
I'll probably go back there this year. hope to find you in the tube one day:)
peace

adebanji said...

Thanks Furia! I hope we meet some day!

Erika Nelson said...

Adebanji stellar job! You make it look so easy!

dominique eichi said...

Adebanji, All of your renditions for DSFDF are stunning but when I saw the victorian house I thought of you and wondered what possibility you would come up with, well...
You have become the architect of our eyes through your art. the father, the son and HS are there , see I am showing you, just look ..... I am your past, present and future.
Well done good and faithful servant...

adebanji said...

Hmmm Dominique you have really given me food for thought here and it really fits in! Thanks for an added inspirational comment to all the wonderful ones here!

adebanji said...

Thanks Erika! But You and I know that nothing like this is easy, I had to do this work on Monday with Josh at home, running around not going to school because of the snow. It wasn't easy but then we are happy when the results are favourable!

Candy Barr said...

Talk about getting a number! I'm tellin' ya.. this piece of art is what we're talkin about. Just blows the rest away on the DSDF. It's just such a combination of technique, imagination and subject matter. The assignment of Karen Jurick's just makes it even more interesting. What a wonderful subject..your 3 year old son! I hope we'll see more of him! Bravo.

adebanji said...

Thanks Candy, never on earth did I think I'd be replying a comment number 50 on this blog when I started but here you go!

Really appreciate your encouragement and comments!!