Raheem Nelson

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  1. From The Elm to The Empire: The Back Cover

    Date 29 Mar 2017
    To me the back of the book is just as important as the front. In a previous post I stated I wanted “From The Elm” to have a slight ambiguous edge. There is no title on the front or back.   It’s simply about the art. The back cover is a…

  2. From The Elm to The Empire: The Layout

    Date 22 Mar 2017
    It took a lot of planning and curation to come up with a layout I was satisfied with. I’m a visual person so it helps me to have everything drafted. When I was taking classes at SVA (back in 2006) we were taught to create mock ups of whatever comic…

  3. “We Are Dandy” Event Recap

    Date 16 Mar 2017
    Last week I attended a book signing for We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around The World. It was at the glamorous National Arts Club in New York City. I have a great appreciation for dandy style because it’s part of my brand and one of my main passions. I…

  4. From The Elm to The Empire: The Editions

    Date 14 Mar 2017
    From The Elm to The Empire is a massive project. I created over one hundred iPad Paintings over a four year period. Because of this I’m actually publishing three editions of my artbook. The first version is called The Standard Edition. It’s a 74 page paperback book priced at $22.50. …

  5. Art Video: An Ode to Childish Gambino

    Date 04 Mar 2017
    Recently I created a series of paintings inspired by Childish Gambino’s album, “Awaken, My Love!” Check out the art video behind the paintings below…

  6. From The Elm to The Empire: The Inspirations

    Date 28 Feb 2017
    Jorge Colombo, David Hockney, and Edward Hopper were my main inspirations behind the creation of this book. The layout is loosely inspired by Jorge’s artbook of iPhone paintings, New York. In it he captured his perspective of the city. I was inspired to capture New Haven and New York since…

  7. Shake Up Your Perspective, Shake Out Creativity

    Date 22 Feb 2017
    Today I’m sharing a guest blog by Larry Mager from ReadyBrain.net. Check it out below… Americans tend to categorize themselves as “creative” or “not creative”. The truth is that anyone can be creative. By changing your perspective, working within your boundaries, and changing your surroundings, you can improve your creative output…

  8. From The Elm to The Empire: The Process

    Date 21 Feb 2017
    Each painting in this book was created in a variety of ways. First I chose an app on my iPad I wanted to paint with. I limited myself to Procreate, Brushes Redux, Sketchbook Pro, and ArtRage. The amount of time I had available usually dictated what app I used.  The…

  9. Revamping Old Work

    Date 20 Feb 2017
    MY current body of work revolves around Portraits, Pop Art and Landscape Art. This was not always the case though. My first entry into art was actually comics. I was inspired by Sonic The Hedgehog by Archie Comics, Marvel and DC Comics. I emulated them until I developed my own…

  10. American Fango

    Date 15 Feb 2017
    In Greenwich last week I was invited to watch the amazing indie film, American Fango. Afterward I got a chance to create some live paintings of the Director and Producer that were also in attendance. Art created using Procreate on iPad Pro.

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