Raheem Nelson

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  1. Kiss of Life

    31 Jul 2019
    One thing I started to take on in this series of paintings is cropping. Each painting is inspired by photo reference from a recent photoshoot Rahisha and I created. Usually I paint the entire picture without making adjustments. This time I decided to take one piece of the reference photo…

  2. Skin

    25 Jul 2019
    I was told that creating a certain ambiguity in my paintings is a great way to engage my audience. As an artist I want to hold people’s attention while they figure out what my intention is. It becomes a conversation piece. As for technique I wanted to have a brushy…

  3. Morning Bird

    22 Jul 2019
    I looked to renaissance and impressionist paintings for the inspiration to create this painting. It’s intentionally ambigous in the way of at first glance it could be an afro you’re looking at or perhaps a bush. It’s something about afros and natural hair that I gravitate to. That goes especially…

  4. Your Love Is King

    16 Jul 2019
    My relationship with love has been a difficult one. Being vulnerable with another person can be terrifying. What I’ve learned is that even when things look bleak there is an opportunity for triumph, growth and happiness. What love looks like to me is perseverance, kindness and taking a stand. I…

  5. Be That Easy

    07 Jul 2019
    Being in a loving relationship definitely informs the kind of art that I create. This is the first of a series of paintings on intimacy, self care and wellness. My girlfriend, Rahisha is a hardworking entrepreneur, single mother and activist among other things. It can be difficult for her to…

  6. WoW: Voices of Youth

    29 May 2019
    My second collaboration with children’s book author, KaMyka Glenn is now available on Lulu. Check out the description of this exciting new project and images from the book below!  iDream Academy founder created the Within Our world (W.O.W) voices of youth writing workshop in an effort to provide a creative

  7. Testing the iPad Pro 12.9 Part III

    12 May 2019
    Recently I attended How Design Live 2019 in Chicago. I was there on assignment for ImageThink to create a mural on the expo floor. Aside from that I also made time to attend conference talks and do some graphic recording on my new iPad Pro. To backtrack my job for…

  8. Testing the iPad Pro 12.9 Part II

    12 Apr 2019
    This week I have been integrating the new iPad into my freelance work, my personal work and for my new job at ImageThink. There is a crispness and clarity to my images on the new pro that is immediately noticeable. The colors really pop. The projects I’m working on range…

  9. Nipsey Hussle

    02 Apr 2019
    The art I enjoy creating the most has a clear message. I was on the phone with my friend Chris (C-E-O) Ortiz. He paused and told me that Nipsey Hussle had been shot and killed in Los Angeles in front of his clothing store. Part of me wasn’t shocked because…

  10. Testing the iPad Pro 12.9 Part I

    01 Apr 2019
    I’m testing out the iPad Pro 12.9 for Apple and recording my thoughts and my first impressions. First I noticed just how big of a jump it is from my 10.5 to the massive 12.9 inch screen. I resisted going big for the longest time because I thought I would…

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