From The Mirror
15" x 24", Charcoal, 2012
An eight and a half hour self
portrait that was selected for the 2013 Student Juried Art Exhibition. This is the first serious self-portrait drawing of the artist that happened to emerge from a semester final project in drawing class. The eyes were the last part of the drawing, and they exemplify the exhaustion of a late night.
An advanced drawing assignment required something other than paper to be used as the canvas. By chance an old guitar had stopped working properly a few months earlier, so it was sanded down, covered in
tempera paint, and drawn using oil pastel. Some highlights use the natural color of the wood, exposed by scratching the surface with a knife.
The front side of the guitar would not allow the proper canvas for oil pastel.
Small Body Guitar, Oil Pastel
and Tempera Paint, 2014
Space Racer X
18" x 24", Charcoal, 2013
This was the second commissioned drawing, and not only is JMF's best client work, but
is the best photorealistic rendering to date. When a coworker, Michelle, approached with a photograph of her children, it was obvious the faces had to be perfect without question.
After printing a snapshot of the original image, making measurements, and scaling the image to the full drawing size, the entire drawing took 21 hours to complete. Upon delivery, Michelle confessed it should have cost 8 times more, but the beautiful faces took priority.
Andre The Lion
Tattoo Design Drawing
A commissioned mockup mixing the client's likeness with that of a lion with the intent of taking this work to a tattoo artist for a permanent ink-to-skin copy.