Raheem Nelson

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  1. #stylechallenge part one

    27 Jul 2016
    I was inspired by the artwork Autumn Massaquoi created for Artist #stylechallenge and did my own series. One of the ways I learned how to draw was emulating other styles so this project brought me back to how I drew in grade school. The goal was to emulate styles I…

  2. iPad Art by RJ Part II

    18 Jul 2016
    Today I had my student RJ create some anatomy drawings on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil. He has mastered Brushes Redux so we’ve moved on to Procreate. To begin he creates a sketch using the Pencil tool freehand. To enhance his anatomy studies I then have him trace…

  3. iPad Pro (Day 24)

    16 Jul 2016
    While in Manhattan recently I practiced speed painting at various galleries in Chelsea and Cooper Hewitt Museum. Speed painting means creating art that captures the subject as quickly as possible. It’s a great exercise for staying loose and really paying attention to what you’re painting. I spent five to ten…

  4. iPad Pro (Day 23)

    05 Jul 2016
    During another trip to New York City I created more paintings from life. These studies make use of the Old Square Brush from the Procreate forums. These pieces were done at Brooklyn Bridge Park and indoors at the Columbus Circle Shopping Center.  It was cloudy so the usual glare I…

  5. iPad Pro (Day 22)

    01 Jul 2016
    Today I experimented with a reference photo I took of a Camaro in Manhattan recently. Basically I created paintings in various styles to see how it affected the mode of each piece. The styles range from cartoony to painterly. Using different styles for the same reference photo is a good…

  6. iPad Pro (Day 21)

    29 Jun 2016
    I spent the day in Manhattan recently and came up a new series of paintings and illustrations. First I created a painting of a lion statue on 42nd st. I started it as a plein air and finished the art at the Mid Manhattan Library. My work has taken on…

  7. iPad Art by RJ

    28 Jun 2016
    Today I want to talk about my student, RJ. For the past year I have been working with him one to one to help improve his iPad Art. RJ is a student in high school whose is interested in Cartooning and Animation. We’ve been working on composition, draftsmanship, and other…

  8. Commissions Breakdown: Brush Stroke Portrait

    21 Jun 2016
    Today I want to talk about my most popular commission category. I’ve been experimenting with creating portraits that are both accurate to the subject but very painterly. I call them “Brush Stroke Portraits.” They have an impressionist feel and have visible brush strokes.  This bridges the gap between the artwork and…

  9. iPad Pro (Day 20)

    17 Jun 2016
    With the iPad Pro combined with hard work I’ve noticed a newfound confidence in my work. No longer am I concerned about every line being precise and controlled. It reminds me of gesture drawing and painting at ECA and School of Visual Arts a few years later. My art has…

  10. iPad Pro (Day 19)

    13 Jun 2016
    This past weekend was a lot of fun. I spent the day in New York City and got some iPad Painting in before my shift at The Tie Bar Pop Up shop. First I went to The Studio Museum in Harlem to do some studies in Procreate and ArtRage before creating…

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