Year: 2021 Medium: Marker and colored pencil Size: 11"x 14"
AP Art History Homage
Year: 2019 Medium: Gouache paint Size: 18"x 28" I painted this near the end of my senior year of high school, and finished it after graduating. I treasure this piece because it marks a transition in my life from high school to college, and showcases both my love for what I learned in Art History class, and my appreciation for my teacher. She taught not only with academic excellence, but also with incredible kindness and respect toward us students. She managed to build a classroom atmosphere that fostered curiosity and creativity in a way that was welcoming and fun. I am grateful for that. In this class I learned to deepen my appreciation of world cultures by seeing how people create artwork and interact with it throughout time and space. In this painting I experimented with gouache, which I enjoyed. I enjoyed the malleability, the vibrancy of the colors, as well as its ability to build opacity --especially for the atmospheric effects far in the background.
Year: 2019 Medium: Multimedia. Size: 15"x 20" This is one of my 12 AP concentration works from 2018-19 and it features my friend Alex. I asked my close friends and family: ‘what makes you smile?” and “what do you stand for”? From there, I created a composition unique to them. My concentration scored a 4 on the portfolio exam. I particularly enjoy this one because I included some of Alex's pets and his pride for being part of the LGBTQ community. He chose two words: "silly goose." I used watercolor for the background; acrylic paint for the dogs, the cats, and the frame; and ink for the face and the tree.
10. Nate Jams with the Peanut 2020 UPDAt
Year: 2020 Medium: Graphite, markers Size: 18"x 24" I enjoy drawing my original characters interacting with people. Here, I drew my friend Nate Garcia having fun jamming out with the peanut character. I enjoy working with graphite for caricature-looking drawings. I try to capture as much of the person's likeness without exaggerating it as much as a caricature would. Yellow is one of my favorite colors to work with. I chose it here to add vibrancy and more life to the drawing.
Just my Luck
Year: 2021 Medium: Markers and colored pencil
A Storm Brews
Year: 2020 Medium: Mixed media Size: 9"x 12" (each panel) This is the first section of the Living Fatty Acid's origin story. I had been meaning to develop it for about two years, and I am excited to continue to develop comics/illustrations for this and other original characters.
Year: 2020 Medium: Markers Size: 18'X 24" This peanut is a variation of one of my original characters. I have been drawing since I can remember, and when I was little I created the "amendogrito", a stylized peanut that was always angry and screaming. I guess my subconscious had something to say. I gave up drawing them during middle school in Brazil. This was because during that time I became insecure about being seen as childish or immature by my colleagues. After moving to the United States in 2015 it still took me two years to regain my creative freedom to draw and be proud of my characters once again. This happened in my Drawing II class (with the same teacher that would inspire me to paint the Art History homage). One particular assignment called for us to create a "hero". I combined my usual peanut character with a tree (inspired by Groot, property of Marvel Studios and Disney) and named it The Living Fatty Acid (because of the omega 6s in peanuts). I do not like that name but I do not know what to change it to.
Year: 2020 Medium: Colored pencils, markers Size: 8"x 10" Here I honor three of my favorite animated characters: the giant lion turtle, uncle Iroh (both from Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender), and master Oogway (from DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda franchise). I love both franchises, and they have influenced how I think about art and storytelling. I resonate with the way that both mythologies deal with spirituality. To get the color and value I was aiming for in the lion turtle I layered prismacolor colored pencils. That process was time consuming, but ultimately it was worth it. The soft texture of the prismacolors was ideal to convey just how large the turtle was, especially when compared to the crisper foreground characters, which I outlined with a sharpie and mixed with markers.
Quaratine Self Portrait
Year: 2020 Medium: Graphite Size: 18" x 24" I was inspired to draw a self portrait early this year, and decided to explore a different angle. This was a great way for me to practice shading and textures. I enjoy working with graphite, and will continue to use it in the future.
Psychologic Self Portrait
Year: 2021 Medium: colored pencils Size: 14"x 11" Observational self portrait exploring my psychology through self-expression
Wood Still Life
Year: 2019 Medium: Charcoal Size: 18"x 24" In this still life, I added more energy to my lines. This was my first charcoal still life, and although it was messy, I enjoyed putting down the values and textures of the wood.
Lonely Still Life
Year: 2019 Medium: Graphite Size: 23"x 30" This still life helped me understand how to translate reflection, transparency, and textures a bit better. My still lives for art classes have generally been relatively small, so I decided to draw this one larger
Hand and Feet Study
Vibrant Still Life
Year: 2020 Medium: Acrylic, Glaze Size: 16"x 20" This still life was a challenge, and it enhanced my obsevation skills. The textures in the glass and the amethyst were the hardest to translate. Once I was able to mix the right violets for the amethsyt, the process became smoother.
Year: 2018 Medium: Oil Sticks Size: 20"x 14" What stood out to me when working with oil sticks was the satisfying saturation of the colors. This was a good way to study distortion, reflection, and transparency with color.
Year: 2020 Medium: Digital Photography Size: 5184 x 3456 1/400 sec. f/5.6 300mm ISO 100 In 2017 I found a 75mm to 300mm lense in a drawer in my house that my family had forgotten about. I decided I had to put it to good use somehow. Since I felt inspired to take more pictures of nature, I took it out and began exploring. What I found out doing this was that I love taking photos of water. I especially enjoy the unpredictable colors, the textures, the reflections, and the movement. This photo in an example of the unpredictable colors, shapes, and reflections that moving water can yield. I am constantly fascinated that theraw photo without color adjustments can be so vibrant and colorful.
Outdoors Club logo design
Year: 2020 Medium: Markers, Digital Size: 1431 x 1853 I drew the final design with micron pen and marker, then scanned it into photoshop to clean it up and add the type. I wanted to practice logo design and also seize the opportunity to create a shirt for Outdoors Club.