Raheem Nelson

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  1. Behind The Brand

    28 Feb 2019
    For this post I wanted to switch things up from the usual and talk about my brand identity. Over the years I have played with different business card styles. They were cool at the time but I was never really satisfied with them. I wanted something iconic. Eventually I decided…

  2. Jessica Williams

    26 Feb 2019
    For Black History Month I have been creating a small series on Black Women that inspire me in different ways. (Tracee Ellis Ross, Willow Smith) Jessica Williams is a former correspondent of The Daily Show and has since branched out into Netflix specials and becoming one part of the 2…

  3. Tracee Ellis Ross

    19 Feb 2019
    I have wanted to paint another realistic portrait of an actress I admire and respect for a few weeks. Now that I am on vacation I have the time to dedicate to creating a portrait like this. I chose to paint Tracee Ellis Ross because she’s a great actress and…

  4. Willow Smith

    13 Feb 2019
    I’m back to creating celebrity portraits in my artwork. This painting of Willow Smith is a spiritual successor to the piece I did on Solange last year. Using the Procreate app I sketched the figure using the HB Pencil tool. Once I got all of the proportions right I moved…

  5. Animated Superman and Lois (Homage)

    05 Feb 2019
    I love experimenting with different styles and just seeing what I can accomplish as an artist. Growing up I watched Superman, Batman and The Justice League. Bruce Timm’s style never made it into my own cartooning work (I gravitated towards Bryan Hitch, Greg Land and Leinil Francis Yu) but I…

  6. Sora (Kingdom Hearts III)

    30 Jan 2019
    As an avid gamer I make an effort to carve out time for games I enjoy. The Kingdom Hearts series has been one of my favorite franchises since I was a kid. The last numbered entry came out on PlayStation 2 thirteen years ago. Yesterday Kingdom Hearts III dropped for…

  7. Looking

    30 Jan 2019
    I can appreciate how much detail I can squeeze out of painting on my iPhone. Painting on a smaller canvas causes me to stick to the essential details and focus on creating. I like that aspect about using the Procreate Pocket app. This piece was based on a photo I…

  8. Venice

    27 Jan 2019
    The last day I spent in Los Angeles was in Venice. I loved how vibrant and colorful the waves and beaches were. It felt like being in a film because everything was so pristine. While on the Venice Pier I created this speed painting on my iPhone. I like using…

  9. DTLA

    24 Jan 2019
    I painted this just before my girlfriend and I visited The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Typically I don’t paint anything on my phone but it seemed like a good idea to give Procreate Pocket another go. Sometimes I enjoy creating art that’s a little ambiguous. It allows the viewer…

  10. Visual Rap

    22 Jan 2019
    This is a painting inspired by the release of my friend, C-E-O’s new single, Visual Rap. The video features the Animoji feature on iPhone X so I recreated one of the stills in my style. I used the oils brush to paint the portrait and the turpentine brush to blend…

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