Last spring, I was approached by a man named who was interested in a custom life drawing. He found out about my work through last year’s Flesh and Form show at Altered Esthetics, a gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. He was inspired by my black and white charcoal drawing of a nude woman on her back, and asked me make a custom drawing in a similar manner for him.
In addition to a black and white elegant life drawing of his girlfriend, he wanted a touch of blue. Blue is the color of Autism pride, a main feature behind the work itself. He also asked for a ladybug, circles or lunar imagery, Brazil or a Brazilian influence, a hawk, star confetti, a garland and a salmon fish.
Here’s the rough draft. I posted all of the referenced imagery and inspirational photos around the drawing as I created it. While I didn’t have to include it all, I challenged myself to design a composition that incorporated all of the above mentioned items! And months later, I have completed his drawing, life size and included every symbolic imagery and request into the piece.
It was one of the most challenging and rewarding commissions I have done and hope he and his girlfriend enjoys the piece! I’d like to thank my commissioner for being soooo patient with me in completing this piece.
Here is the final work! Can you spot everything I incorporated into the piece?
And here is all of the symbolic imagery I included into the piece!
Star confetti, salmon and a ladybug
Hawk, garland and Brazil